Oh wie schön..dreckig ist Panama – Müllberge im Paradies

“Oh wie schön ist Panama”, sagt der kleine Tiger zum kleinen Bären in Janoschs Kinderbuch. Doch die Wirklichkeit sieht anders aus. “Panama” ist immernoch weit von meinen Traum entfernt. Die Luft ist heiß, schwül, voll von Abgasen; die Strassengraeben gepflastert mit Müll und alles ist relativ teuer! Der erste Eindruck bleibt negativ, doch wie in jedem Land,…

Last Miles to Panama

A new sailing adventure beginns on the beautifull island Providencia. Sleeping on the beach at night – hanging out in the hostel-restaurant – one day I meet Luigi philosophying over his coffee. The Italian captain wants to sail with me, his German first mate, in his small Danish Sagitta 30, under the American flag, from…

The Boatnazi and his Sinking Ship

We were moored up to the end of the dock in Port Antonio. Sitting on the pier, connecting with friends and family through the wifi, the whole crew of the 53 feet steel ketch “Fairwinds” was waiting. Officials from the medical department and the customs had to arrive and give us clearance for Jamaica. Nobody…

Carribean Island Providencia

This cute little island is a jewel of the Carribeans.  Blue, clear water and white beaches surround Providencia. Only 5000 people live here. Politically it belongs to Colombia even though it lays much closer to Nicaragua. A huge, quite ok protected anchoring bay is located in the north-west. It is easy to sail in but make sure to anchor without blocking the channel for…