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1 month ago
The anchorge at Atuona on Hiva Oa is picturesque but uncomfortable. You can see in the background of the title image the small Maintenance Marquises Boatyard where we hauled out and will leave Windward in December when we attend Caryn’s wedding. Here is the picturesque part: And here is the uncomfortable bit: Because of the … Continue reading Hiva Oa
1 month ago
After leaving Vista Mar, we staged ourselves back at Cantadora in the Las Perlas Islands to await our weather window. We were advised by Bob McDavitt ( http://www.metbob.com ) who planned our departure date and routing, which was to the north of the Galapagos islands. We had decided to pass on the Galapagos because of … Continue reading Pacific Crossing
1 month ago
Vista Mar is an affordable marina some 40 miles west of Panama City, making it an ideal base to prepare the boat for a Pacific Crossing. There was even a well qualified and resourceful South African diesel mechanic and general marine engineer, Ollie, who is highly recommended by us all. The haulout was a dodgy … Continue reading Vista Mar
1 month ago
We had the great pleasure of another visit from Andrew. He flew in to Cantadora Island via Panama City, collected his San Blas Molas Headband and proceeded to get into chill and ziz mode as only Andrew can!   There was good walking around Cantadora Island. Kayaking around the island gives you an idea of … Continue reading Another Andrew Visit!
1 month ago
This was quite an experience, transitting the canal that has such a rich history and remains such an enduring feat of engineering. A fascinating book on the canal called “The Path Between the Seas” made a good read prior to transitting. We had an early evening start. Rafting up in the dark with a strong … Continue reading Panama Canal
1 month ago
These were two unremarkable but convenient stops along the coast to Colon. The locals are an unfortunate, surly and sad lot who have not overcome their inherited past as slave labour for the Panama Canal. There were the remains of a fortification at Portobello, much of which had been dismantled to provide bulk for the … Continue reading Linton Bay and Portobello
1 month ago
More wonderful offshore islands with wonderful snorkelling and kayaking. Caught lots of Lobster and Crab. Included interesting snorkelling on an old wreck of a cargo ship. Apparently, around the turn of the 1900 century, the old vessel sprung a leak that the pumps couldn’t handle and the captain beached the vessel on the island to … Continue reading East Lemon Cays
1 month ago
Two pleasant stays here. One on the way down to Shelter Bay and then back for Christmas with friends once we had made our Panama Canal Transit arrangements.
1 month ago
We absolutely loved these small, remote islands in a small group, some way off the mainland which, (theoretically) meant no crocodiles. We had plenty enjoyable kayaking, lots to see snorkelling and an abundance of fresh seafood. Also the pleasure of various friends arriving now and then. We bought some beautiful Molas (beautiful and intricately stiched … Continue reading Cocos Banderos
1 month ago
From Puerto Perme we sailed down the coast to the island of Los Pinos, which appears over the horison in the shape of a whale. It was a sleepy island with a single settlement. We enjoyed the pleasant walk around the island and Liz did some snorkelling until we surprised a crocodile at her favourite … Continue reading Los Pinos
1 month ago
we have been very busy! Actually, we have had very little internet access since Colombia and WERE very busy prepping the boat and ourselves for the first major Paific Crossing (about which more anon). We are in Taioa Bay on the island of Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands at the moment and I will … Continue reading Apologies for lack of updates but …
7 months ago
From Sapzurro, we rounded the Tubiron headland and made our way to Obaldia to check in to Panama. Obaldia is an unlovely place but the anchorage was strightforward and the check in process fast and uncomplicated. From there we headed across the large bay to Puerto Perme. This proved to be a delightful, almost fully … Continue reading Puerto Perme
9 months ago
Sapzurro is a delightful anchorage. The entry is well marked and straightforward with good holding in sand. The CMAP chart is accurate and well defined, Navionics less so. We anchored in the corner, a little away from the town as it is quieter. There is good snorkelling around the edge of the anchorage. Theoretically we … Continue reading Sapzurro
9 months ago
Time flew and we had a really pleasant stay in Santa Marta and saw a good bit of the Colombian interior. It is a great country, has dealt magnificently with a difficult past and is on a strong trajectory towards a great future. It should be on everyone’s visit list. What makes Colombia really special … Continue reading Bye bye Santa Marta
9 months ago
Mom passed away Wednesday 19th September 2018. We celebrate her wonderful life and memory.
9 months ago
We stayed in a small cabin with a smidgeon of outside smack in the middle of town. We had a great walk up the the valley, through a ravine with a river flowing down. It was crossed by numerous rick…
9 months ago
We went on a walking tour of Communa 13 which is famous for having been taken over by warring drug gangs and vigilantes and then regained, with some controversy, by the city government, aided by th…
9 months ago
Jardin was probably our favourite place to visit on this trip. We stayed in a relaxed hostal with a garden to relax in. We had two walks. The first was up to the Cave of Splendour. We took a tuk-tu…
9 months ago
We visited Medellin twice – once after Gautape and once on our return from the towns to take our flight. The city is a complex of first and third world existing energetically together and mak…
9 months ago
We flew from Santa Marta to the airport outside Medellin and, avoiding the city, went on to Lake Gautape, where we stayed in the simple but delightful Casa Mi Gautape. Views of the Lake and the Roc…
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