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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.
Arrived in Santa Marta, after 3 days and 310 miles. We anchored and tried to contact the Port Authority, on the VHF radio. At first, we called for the Port Captain, but received no response. Then we tried the Coast Gaurd and they said to contact the Port Authority. Once we called for the Port Authority, we received and answer and were told to stand by. An hour later, we tried them again but received no response. So we contacted the marina and asked if they had a slip for a 42' sailboat. They said they did so we pulled up anchor and headed for the marina.
The agent we used was one recommended to us by someone in Aruba. His name is Dino, and his cell # is 57 300 716 46 89. The marina will also be able to contact him for you. Don't feel obliged to you someone you don't want, or feel comfortable with. Dino is a great day, and very efficient. We all liked him instantly. There was an agent waiting for us as we docked the boat, but we refused him, even though he was a nice guy, and stuck with our plan to call Dino. If I didn't know better, I would have assumed that the agent that was waiting for us, Jose, was specifically assigned to us and we had to use him. Not the case. You can choose any agent you want. It was interesting to note, however, that Dino charged us the same and Jose would have.
There isn't a lot going on in Santa Marta during the week. It is interesting to walk around the city, especially on weekends, when the local people come out for the evening. There are several places where people have stalls set up to sell food, and all kinds of fruit.
Have to stop the post here, but I have more pictures and video to come. We were supposed to leave for Cartagena days ago, but the wind wasn't in our favor. We sat in Coco Cafe all day long today, killing time. We're going to do a basic provisioning now, and then set sail for Cartagena in the morning.