We left Shelter bay Marina this morning after a 2-day stop to clean up the boat, laundry, recharge whatever needed recharging and headed out into a new ocean. On our way out of the port of Colon we passed by the Serene, a huge yacht, reputed to be owned by a Russian Vodka magnate. Serene is one of the top 10 super yachts in the world. Check her stats out with a Google search. Very impressive!
We have been in this wonderful anchorage for 3 days now. It is not difficult to see why there are so many boats in these small islands. There is raw natural beauty here unparalleled anywhere. The small islets with pristine white sand and coconut trees surface from an extensive reef system creating a fringe of islets several miles offshore. The outer reef is a rough and wild crust rising from the depths to a few feet below the surface of the ocean. The waves washing in from the Caribbean can be seen crashing on the reef just a few hundred yards from where we are anchored. There is an intermediate reef system between us and the outer reef where the water is quite shallow and here and there large logs and trees washed down the nearby rivers have come to a rest. There are also a few wrecks. One close to us here is a large sailboat and we can see the remains of a small freighter about 2 miles to the west.
After the photo shoot we sailed a few miles south to the West Lemmon Cays and joined Optical Illusion again and had a wonderful dinner ashore with 4 other cruisers from Tabasco and Pavo Real. The setting is a small island with 2 huts, meticulously tended by the young Kuna family that resides there 3 months each year. The father is a rarity among the Kunas. He was trained as a French chef in Panama City, learned French there and spent a year in France. When not taking care of the island for the wife’s family they live on another small island near the mainland. By special request he will prepare a simple meal for a small number of cruisers. Tonight it was chicken or fish, rice, salad and a coconut sauce that was absolutely delicious.