The weather forecast was a mixed bag, the Admiral was concerned so I decided to single hand to Panama City and the Admiral rented a car to meet me there. The trip out of Destins East Passage was easy since I just followed the cookie crumbs on the chart plotter. And a Sport fisherman was heading out ahead so I took cues from him. Right away I got the head sail out and all looked good with 8-10 knot winds and calm seas.
The sail lasted 4 hours till I ran into a bit of rain and the wind died.
A bit of fog around so I fired up the Radar. But this is no big deal compared to fog in a restricted area like the ICW! I had 1/2 mile or more visibility the whole time from this point to the Panama Jetties.
As I was nearing the Panama Pass from the Gulf I paid close attention to the radar.
Well the fog lifted and the Pass was wide and easy with calm sea and almost no wind.
Not sure why they build the jetties so short?
Since we have a rent car we go straight to the beach the 2nd day. The beaches are lined with private hotel, condo or single homes just like Destin leaving very little access to the general public. We found this small public boardwalk sandwiched between buildings to get to the beach.
As you can see the beach is lined for miles with condos and hotels. Again NO trash anywhere. The beach sand is white but nothing like Destin's!
Notice, There are no public type people on the beach, just the people staying in the tall buildings.
This is a view from the opposite direction. Look it is all very private. No public access down there!
The Emerald Coast!
This is St. Andrews Bay looking out from the Panama City Municipal Marina towards the pass to the Gulf. We talked to some cruisers who are here to see family from the New Jersey. This was their destination and they will soon be heading back. They report this to be a great Sailing Bay.
We were assigned slip 12 near the end of this dock and little did we know how exposed we were to SouthEast winds and the fetch that could brew up from across the bay.
A front was forecasted to pass through Wed around 1700 and we had 2 foot chop hitting WS broadside + 30 knot winds. The square pilings are concrete and they eat dock lines.
The Break water that announces no wake is fake.
While the front was passing the Admiral hid out in the ships store. They do have a nice area to sit and pass time on the computer.
Walking around downtown Panama City we found this awesome soul food restaurant, we ate lunch there twice!
We had a car so we could provision and we found the very nice Publix Grocery, but the Admiral wanted to go to a grocery in walking distance the next day to get a couple more things. Not sure why the grocery stores within walking distance to a marina are always the funky ones? Anyway she found what she wanted here.
We finally found some more cruisers in Panama city. We had a great time meeting the cruisers on 4 of these boats. From left to right, Kurt & Ann on Vidazzeled a Hunter 44, boat in the middle is Mike & Darlene on Etoile a 39' Mainship, then Folie a Deux a Ranger 46, then a C&C 38 centercockpit Final Destination headed to Alabama where they will live on the boat while their new home is being built.
Underway 8:32 hrs, 54.6 Nm., Avg speed 6.0 Kts. , 68-75 degrees, overcast 30% chance of rain 10-15 NE winds. Seas 0-1'