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Location: San Blas Islands, Panama

Today we arrived in San Blas!!!
My watch team, watch team two, was on the 4-8am watch this morning. We spent the dark hours of watch observing the lights of other vessels around us, one which passed us by and remains a mystery, and one that stayed alongside us, their nav lights bobbing in and out of view with the swell. With first light we could see that it was another sailboat, smaller than us, probably also on their way to San Blas. We also played another round of FOrb (full orb) – a game where we guess what time the full orb of the sun will appear on the horizon. Unfortunately it was quite cloudy, and so there was no FOrb 🙁 . Around the time it started getting light out I noticed everyone was starting to seem very slumpy, so we listened to Thunderstruck and got in some squats in order to get ourselves hyped up to raise the Fisherman. After the sail raise and some running backstay tensioning, our watch was almost over and we were all very happy to go back to sleep.

By lunch time we were alongside some of the first islands, and in the distance could see the mainland of Panama rising far above the tiny islands that dot the sea around us. I didn’t realize that Panama is so tall – this made me very happy. The San Blas islands are very intriguing to all of us – most of the islands that we sailed past appeared to be full of palm trees and not many people, but the two that we are anchored closest to have so many structures built on them that they appear to be little villages floating on the water. Thanks to Chance, Felipe and Sandra I have learned that every year they export millions of coconuts in exchange for sunglasses, clothing, batteries, vinegar, and coffee.

After anchoring everyone was super excited to go for a swim, and Mac had made a shepherds pie for dinner that was ready once jump in showers were finished. Post squeeze we played a rousing game of hide and seek – the final three were Molly, Penelope, and Gabe – with Gabe being the last to be found. We’re all excited for the next few days exploring this weird little place before we go on to the Panama Canal 🙂

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