We actually started the year in Cuzco, Peru with our daughter Rachel and her partner Iwan, see our 2015 entry for a bit more detail. On 4th January we flew from Lima to Panama City and after a night there travelled back to Shelter Bay where EL was “ready to go back in the water”, more detail in the January entry.
Because we were flying back to the UK in May for our youngest son’s wedding we were in no rush to go through the Panama canal and spent the first three months of the year cruising the Caribbean coast of Panama including the wonderful Bocas del Toro. The canal was tackled at the end of March and we left EL on a mooring in Isla Taboga, a few miles south of Panama City, at the end of April. Most of April was spent in the Las Perlas islands about 40 Nm south of Panama City.
On return from the UK in early June we set about preparing for the Pacific crossing which started from Las Perlas on 27th June. It took us two weeks to get to the Galapagos.
After almost a month in the islands that inspired Darwin we set off for the Gambier archipelago in French Polynesia. That crossing took 28 nights and we logged over 3,000 Nm, more than our Atlantic voyage in 2012.
In mid-October we left the Gambiers and headed for the Tuomotos where we met up with Jeff and Katie, S/V MEZZALUNA. By Christmas we were in Papeete, Tahiti to repair a leaking propellor shaft seal.
The detailed account starts in January.