Tying eight car tires alongside Gudrun, before departure.
Axel runs his boat with duck tape and zip ties. Here, the i-Pad (charts) and handheld VHF are positioned in the cockpit.
Tied up to two other cruising boats before entering the Gatun locks.
Canal workers "walk" us towards the next lock in Gatun.
A crack in the wall, while the lock is being filled. We climb - in three steps - to the higher level of Gatun Lake.
Sunset in Gatun Lake; step 1 is completed...
The Gudrun team: captain and photographer Axel, advisor Ivan, hostess, cook and line handler Liz, and Mark, Scott and me being guests and line handlers.
Racing a Panamex container ship towards the narrow entrance of Gaillard Cut. The giant won; not sure whether he was pleased with the competition...
Centennial Bridge on the way to the Miraflores locks.
Gudrun's Panama Canal transit is forever documented on the wall of the Pedro Miguel lock!
Going down down down again...
Liz and I had to be daring as well in the Miraflores locks. We didn't realize this is where the webcam is mounted...
Oh oh... Trouble!? Did he watch the webcam?
Panamex ships have a width that just fits in the locks. They are pulled by small but heavy-duty and incredibly strong trains. For giants that don't fit through the Canal, the authority is building new locks, which will be finished in 2014.
The last lock going down. The Pacific is on the other side!