Sailing report from Captain George – Escudo Trip

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Hola Amigos,
We recently sailed out to a beautiful island called Escudo de Veraguas.  Escudo lies about 40 Nautical miles east of our home here in Bocas Town, and about 15 miles off of the mainland.  The island is uninhabited except for one or two Guaymi Indian families that live there.
One Indian fellow, Mauricio, also works with a group involved with the conservancy of sea turtles.  On all of the beaches there are dozens of turtle nests.  Each nest is marked and dated so they know when the eggs will hatch.  Then these volunteers and workers make sure the baby turtles make it safely to the ocean without getting eaten by birds.
We took 7 hours to sail there and the weather was beautiful.  Underway we caught one Creval Jack and released it because they are not very tasty as far as fish goes.  The first night we stayed and played on the South side of the island, and then moved over to the north side of the island.
Both anchorages were beautiful.  On the second day we hired Mauricio to take us on a circumnavigation tour of the whole island.  When he came over to meet us he had a canvas sack full of baby turtles that had just hatched.  We released them off the stern of the yacht.  It was quite a sight.
All of the inlets, coves, nooks, and crannies on this island are just spectacular.  And the snorkeling is also awesome.  On the second night, a group of Indian fisherman came by and sold us lobsters and big crabs for a very reasonable price. A delicious feast ensued.
Cheers to all from the sailing Salleys!
George, Melinda, and Joshua
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Welcoming a new (to us) 43′ sailing yacht to the fleet

43′ Monohull – San Blas Islands

An owners version Elan 43, 1989 sailing yacht featuring 3 cabins and 2 bathrooms.  The yacht has been updated recently with newer running gear, safety equipment, and additional convenience items.  Can accommodate up to 6 passengers for San Blas Island OR Cartagena trips.  Captain George and wife Sandra are excellent hosts and very knowledgeable about the area.  Available for private charter or individuals wishing to join an existing cruise.

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An interview with Captain George

We recently had a chance to sit down and visit with Captain George Salley, who has been pleasing Yacht Latina guests with iconic sailing cruises aboard his 42′ catamaran in the San Blas Islands.  George is an expert cruiser and wonderful person to hang out with.  Here are a few tidbits from our conversation.

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Captain George Salley

YL – How long have you lived in Panama?

CG  – We have been in Panama since December 2008.

YL – Tell us about your yacht?

CG – Southern Belle is a 42-foot Fountaine Pajot Catamaran built in 1995. We bought her in 2003 and have lived aboard since 2006. She is well equipped for blue water cruising. You can get a much more detailed description of how she is outfitted on the Yacht Latina website.

YL – What are your favorite islands to visit in the San Blas and why?

CG – We love the Lemmon Cays because they have outstanding beaches and great reef for snorkeling. We also adore the Robeson Cays because the people are fantastic.

YL – What are your favorite aspects of the Guna Yala?

CG – The clear blue water, the beautiful islands, and the wonderful Kuna Indians

YL – What is your most memorable moment with guests sailing in the San Blas?

CG – Playing music on the foredeck while we watch the sun set into the Caribbean Sea

YL – Well, thanks for the chat Captain George (and also Melinda & Josh…).  Great to catch up with you!

Yacht Latina cruisers: If you’d like to meet captain George or get pricing on a sailing trip click the Contact Us link on the website.