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sailing and diving around the world
We weighed anchor at 3pm and headed for the San Blas Islands. It was a great sail until we lost our wind on the second day, and then it started to rain. We were fairly close to the islands when our wind came back, and I had the choice to head NE or due west. I chose due west because I was worried that the guest we had with us would come up for his shift and be miserable when he noticed that we were sailing away from our destination. Choosing to sail due west was a mistake because of the southerly current. We got caught in it and we weren't making any headway. So, we had to head back out to sea, the way we came, in order to get far enough away from land so we could plan a tacking strategy. We ended up sailing quite a ways north, and then we started to come back around. It took us 3 days to get to the San Blas Islands. We arrived in the Eastern Hollandes Quays on Thursday, and anchored in front of a lovely little island. We were treated to a fabulous sunset. I woke up at 6am the next morning, by accident, and we were treated to a sunrise that took our breath away. You really had to have been there to see it. We were all bathed in the golden warmth and color of the sun. The golden felt like a blanket. I guess I could say that was the first time I felt physically connected to the 'creator.'
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.