Monday, February 1, 2016

CAPTAIN’S LOG – 1 February 2016

We just took departure from Puntarenas, Costa Rica.  Nice place but really hot this visit. We are told that the El Nino is causing the changes in temperatures, but mainly they expect a very dry winter (November to May).

By all reports the cadets enjoyed the port. Yesterday was a little humorous to me – I woke up and went for a walk at 0630. The beach was packed with Costa Ricans, apparently a large number of people from the city (San Jose) come down to enjoy the beach – including camping out along the higher ground under the tree lined boulevard.  It was odd to see hundreds of people in the water
already, and maybe a few thousand laying around, eating breakfast and listening to music. I know they enjoyed themselves – but at around 1600 they started boarding buses and by 1900 the beach was empty.

We are approved to transit the Panama Canal late tomorrow afternoon, which means we have to hook up the Kennedy to get there on time. This ship used to trade at about 18 knots year ago when in commercial service, now we rarely take her above 15 knots.  But today is different, and we will need every bit of 18 knots – so everyone better hold onto their hats!

So, we say "adios” to our friends in Costa Rica – maybe we’ll visit again in four years’ time.

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