Fun Times in Balboa

We have now been tied up at the Balboa Yacht Club for two weeks and they sure have been busy ones. There are many activities going on here and Frank and Shirley from Windsong have made sure that we are involved in many of them. There is Wednesday morning Dim San breakfast at the Lung Fung Chinese restaurant, Sunday lunch at the Romanticcia Italian restaurant, Monday hamburger night at the BYC.

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Every Monday night the cruisers get together at the Balboa Yacht Club Bar to enjoy each others company, swap tales, share books and enjoy beers and food.

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The southerly winds have arrived with the beginning of the rainy season. They bring both clear air and rolly conditions to the canal side anchorages. The islands that were hidden in the mists all winter are now quite visible and clear.

The boats anchored toward the outer end of the canal entrance channel moved to the other side of the causeway for storm protection and are now anchored with a great view of the City of Panama, which has now appeared out of the mist. This is a picture of R’Dreamz with the City in the background.

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This is the rolly Balboa Yacht Club mooring field with the Bridge of the Americas in the background. Lanikai is visible with her newly painted yellow hull, hiding close to the bridge.

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This past Saturday night, a group of us went to Cafe Dulce to support Frank and his friend Ed as they sang. It is a new restaurant opened by our friend Angel this past January, and so she had the live music night to bring in guests and – hopefully – to get her restaurant more known among the ex-pat community here in Panama. They served great coffees and yummy pastries to go with the music.