This, then, is the story of our boat ‘Minnie B’ and our travels both with her and away from her.
We hope you enjoy it.
This website was developed by Brian Nelson of Sandpiper Services and is maintained by Julia Heaton.
Photos and update on the Pacific Crossing and Phil and Norma’s first taste of French
Read all about Phil & Norma’s latest adventures, including leaving Panama, crossing
the line (again!) and exploring the Galapagos islands.
7th February 2013
Check out Phil and Norma’s update on life back in Panama.
Phil and Norma are now back in Panama to prepare Minnie B for the 2013 adventures,
after a wonderful visit to the UK spending valuable time with family and friends.
Final diary entry for 2012 now online. Read about life in Panama prior to the return
to the UK.
Phil and Norma have returned from their adventures in Peru. Check out their stories
and photos, including their flight over the Nazca lines and trip to Machu Picchu.
Read about Phil and Norma’s journey back through the Panama Canal.
Phil and Norma are safely back in Panama. Read all about their escapades in the Pacific
in the diary.
While sailing downwind at around 7kts, in position 04deg10'.21N 81deg 24'47W, near
Isla del Malpelo, Minnie B hit some submerged debris, believed to be discarded fishing
tackle including a steel cage. This resulted in damage to both the rudder hydraulics
and the autopilot hydraulics, with possible damage to the steering bearings. Phil
and Norma are absolutely fine and neither they nor the boat are in danger. They
are currently heading back to Balboa, Panama, albeit slowly as they are hand steering
and beating into a Northerly wind. The rudder is in the folded position making the
steering very heavy. Morale is high - it's sunny and there's lots of food etc on
Read all about Minnie B’s journey through the Panama Canal.
Check out the diary update and photos from Panama.
Phil and Norma are back in Panama and will transit the canal on 16th and 17th April.
You can see them on the webcam at Gatun locks on 16th at around 1400 -1500 local
time (1900 -2000 UTC; 2000-2100 BST). The plan is that they overnight in Gatun Lake
and transit Miraflores Lock on 17th around 1100 local time (1600 UTC; 1700 BST)
for another webcam opportunity!.