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sailing and diving around the world
I don't really have much to say about Solomons Island, this time, because not much has changed there. I ended up staying in the same Marina, on the exact same floating dock, as I was last year. It was nice to see all the same people at Calvert Marina. They still have the Mercedes courtesy car, and it came in handy to get to the grocery store. We departed Solomons Island on the the sixth, and arrived in Annapolis the same day, late afternoon. Once again, we had to motor most of the way, but it was a beautiful day, and it's always a pleasure coming to Annapolis, the 'boating capital' of the United States. Last time I was here I stayed in Chesapeake Harbor Marina, but this time we picked up a mooring ball, right in front of the Naval Academy. Pretty cool spot to be in. The Water Taxi operates til about 10:45, and will pick up people who are on the moorings, but, of course, it's an easy dinghy ride up 'Ego Alley,' to get to the dinghy dock. I'll try to get a lot more pics and videos of Annapolis, this time :)
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.