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Doing Circles in a Panama Canal Lock

Can you imagine negotiating two full 360s in the Panama Canal? Seems like a clean pair of shorts would be required equipment.

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Mike and Kay Heath of the Marina Bay (Richmond) Santionge 44 Finisterre report that they did two 360º  turns inside a lock of the Panama Canal during their February 13 transit. One was a mistake caused by a line-handler on the 120-ft mini cruise ship Discovery flubbing his job. The second was to extricate themselves from the situation.

Fortunately, there was no damage to any of the boats, but we’ll have details in the April issue.

Have you had any serious incidents inside the Canal or a Canal lock, or have first-hand knowledge of anyone who did? If so, we’d like to know so shoot us an email.

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