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Really happy to have found this video on YouTube, brings back good memories of a great trip

I did a similar thing in 1982. 'The Clipper Challenge' was organised by the China Clipper Society and had The Marques and Inca racing each other in a series ...
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Caves, Cigar Rolling and Prehistoric Cliff Paintings

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Cuba to Panama
1000 miles not a trip to be repeated
With a forcast of northerlys we left Cuba on New Years day, with extra crew Taylor from Seattle, who found h...imself stuck on a boat in Cuba and not moving anytime soon.
We left Hemingway Marina with light winds forcasted for the next 12hr, so it was to be a motor along the north coast. By mid afternoon the clouds built from the north, with the occasional waterspout forming. By early evening we had Northerly 5/6 with waves2/3m high.Taylors introduction to bucking bronco Four Seasons, a very uncomfortable 12hrs.
once around the western end of Cuba it settled down to a northerly 3/4 a great downhill ride all the way to Panama we hoped!.The 3rd day out we picked up more wind, Dave and Chis on Platina were doing a great job as our weather routers, so we knew it was coming, we landed up with NNE6 under headsail alone,and waves 2/3m heigh. Our top speed peeked at 14knt's surf down a wave exhilarating, but very uncomfortable down below again, and everyone getting at least 2 bucket full of water over them every watch.
On the 5th night we lost Mildreds propeller (our towed water generator), so now we had no way of making electricy apart from the solar panels ( and it was over cast) and running the engine.Oh well, well over half way. Then on the morning of the 6th day, at 04.30 just after a squall hit us, Chris and I ( I was off watch in one of the aft cabins) both shouted we could smell burning, Chris yelled at me to switch all the battery breakers off and get out of the cabin, I grabbed some clothes and a fire extingusher, and got up on deck. Chris still down below opened the engine compartment lid and blasted it with dry powder, coming up for air he then went back and blasted it again, and grabed the galley extingusher, which I released the trigger on while he took another breath. He went down a third time and gave the engine compartment another blast of dry powder. The smoke was easing, the fire was out.
It was amazing how quickly the cabin filled with thick acrid smoke a matter of seconds and you couldn't see you hand in front of your face. After the 3rd dousing Chris was finding it impossible to breathe, luckly it put the smouldering fire out. Another 20sec's and it would have been into the life raft and goodbye Four Seasons. We were very lucky, and very well done Chris for saving us and the boat.
So now we have no power at all, but we had wind at for the time being, but the forcast was for it to drop on monday and become very light, not great with 150 miles to go. By Sunday night 80 miles to Colon Panama, but during the night the wind dropped to nothing, 10 miles in 8hrs very demolralising. With a bit of head scratching Chris gets the engine running again, he's good at the problem solving, well done him. This enabled us to motor the last 20miles.
We eventully arrived at Shelter Bay Marina on Tuesday at 1500.
I now also have to fly back tio UK as both my parents aren't well so have to leave Chris to sort out all the problems.

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Cuba to Panama
1000 miles not a trip to be repeated
With a forcast of northerlys we left Cuba on New Years day, with extra crew Taylor from Seattle, who found himself stuck on a boat in Cuba and not moving anytime soon.
We left Hemingway Marina with light winds forcasted for the next 12hr, so it was to be a motor along the north coast. By mid afternoon the clouds built from the north, with the occasional waterspout forming. By early evening we had Northerly 5/6 with waves2/3m...

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Happy New Year from Cuba, 2018 will take Four Season to new seas, as we head to Panama tomorrow and then further west.

After nearly 6 months in the U.S.A it's time for our next adventure as we sail this afternoon for an overnighter to Cuba! really looking forward to seeing this country. Wifi is,apparently, a bit hit and miss so might not be posting for a while!

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Arrived here today, after a lovely night sail, but a bit of a motor at the end.
Our last port in the US after arriving in Newport RI in late June

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Four Seasons passed her rig check with flying colours. Panama canal here we come!!

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