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sailing and diving around the world
Spent a good part of the day cleaning the boat, and filling the water tanks. We dinghied over to the dinghy dock at Club Nautica and filled out water jugs. There is a water tap with a 5 foot hose, at the right side of the dock.
We all freshened up and went looking for a wifi spot and found one. This one is also fantastic. Great signal in a pizza restaurant called Danna's Pizzeria. I had the Hawaiian, Seb and Markus had the salami and they were fabulous. Danna's is only a five minute walk from the marina. In fact, I'm sitting here at Danna's now, as I type this.
We left Santa Marta on Tuedsay, at 9am, and arrived in Cartagena today, at 9am, a distance of 160 miles. We passed by Boca Grande, the north entrance into Cartagena harbor, and went in through Boca Chica. It was a fantastic sail. We averaged 7kts, and 15kt winds. There are 2 ways to get into the harbor at Cartagena, one is through Boca Grande, but the name is deceiving, because you can only get through if you draw less than 7'. The actual entrance is 70 meters wide, marked with solitary red and green buoys, but you have to be aware of the underwater wall that the Spanish built across the entrance, in the 17th century, in order to deter the British, French, and pirates. Boca Chica, the southern entrance, is easy to navigate and has plenty of lateral markers to guide you. Passing on Boca Grande, and going through Boca Chica, instead, puts an extra 2 hours or so onto your arrival time. We didn't anchor til after 11am. It was also tough to find a spot because the anchorage if pretty crowed, and the holding isn't that great.
It cost $110 US to clear into Cartagena, and Gladys' representative, Danielly, came to Club Nautico Marina to meet with us, at around noon, and picked up the ship's papers, in order to begin the clearing-in process.
We squared the boat away, and by the time we went ashore again it was dark. But it was nice and cool. We walked over to Old Cartagena, from the marina, and had a fabulous roasted chicken dinner and a few beers. The food and beers here, of course, are cheap. I'll have more to say about Cartagena, later, along with more pics and videos.
We squared the boat away, and by the time we went ashore, the sun had gone down, and it was nice and cool. We walked over to Old Cartagena and walked around a bit, had a few beers and had a fabulous roast chicken dinner. I'll have more to say about Cartagena, later, along with more pics and videos.