Ocean to Ocean Race Celebration

Each year they hold an Ocean-to-Ocean canoe race thru the Panama Canal and this year the race was this last weekend. This race was the last of a series of cayuca races (the first race was in early January; starting and finishing here at the Balboa YC).  Last Saturday night, with the Ocean-to-Ocean Race half over,  there was a celebration at the Balboa Yacht Club with a concert by the group Shorty and Slim .  The guys grew up in the Canal Zone when still part of the US; their music is all original and recalls little bits of the life and times of the ‘Zone’, it’s people, it’s surrounding.  This musical group always brings a big crowd – but this Saturday the crowd was even bigger than usual (about 300 people!).  We enjoyed the evening with a group of our friends.  Bill and I arrived early so that we actually had a table.  The place was so full at its peak that there were people in the parking lot with their buckets of beer enjoying the concert.

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This is the back of the T-shirt that celebrated the event.