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Stopover : Panama City (Panama)
(December 28, 2008 to January 3, 2009 )
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Panama City (Panama)
(December 28, 2008 to January 3, 2009 )

First January, 2009 (time onboard = UTC - 5)
Playita de Amador, Balboa, Panama
20h00 local time

Today is a big day off. The traffic is huge, lots of people queue to get ice-cream or drinks, or to embark in the shuttle to Taboga. A part of the crew goes on shore to work on the Internet while the other part stay onboard and watch all this agitation from a distance.
We use this first day of 2009 to relax a little bit.

The whole team of the expedition “Around North America” wish you all the best for 2009.


First of January in Panama  - Vincent Berthet

First of January in Panama
Photo Vincent Berthet
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Decembre 31, 2008 (time onboard = UTC - 5)
Playita de Amador, Balboa, Panama
11h00 local time

The transit of the canal is confirmed for January 3rd. We did all formalities without an agent. Every thing is well organized and our interlocutors were nice and efficient.

The whole team “Around North America” wishes you a good New Year eve.


Canal entrance  - Vincent Berthet

Canal entrance
Photo Vincent Berthet
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Decembre 28th, 2008 (time onboard = UTC - 5)
Playita de Amador, Balboa, Panama
22h30 local time

The breeze is quite steady until eight o'clock and allows us to sleep-in a bit longer, like a true Sunday. We decide to use our day to organize our logistic. Finally it is quite difficult. No dock available, no mobile connection, a weak Wifi network on shore, well !! we will have to reconsider our ambitious work load with the team in France.
Tomorrow, we will continue to work on the entry and transit paperwork.


Panama City  - Vincent Berthet

Panama City
Photo Vincent Berthet
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