Leaving Aruba at dusk sailing into the night heading toward and along the north coast of Colombia, we ran with the wind but the swell was a bit off to our side making for a rock and roll ride. But as dawn awaken the misty images of layer upon layer of mountains ran right down to the shoreline. This coast was uninhabited for the most part or at least uninhabited from a visual sense. I did see a village of thatch roofs tucked into a deep protected bay off in the distance. Rounding the point aka Cabo to Santa Marta was rough and majestic with the winds howling in full force.
Santa Marta is Colombia’s oldest city and has Colombia’s oldest church, the Catherdral Basilica. The Friendship park was quite a find bustling on a Saturday night with folks everywhere, outdoor cakes, restaurants, street food vendors and a totall tree shaded park in amongst the old narrow streets and three story plastered buildings. As much as we would have liked to stay longer in Santa Marta and onward to Cartagena, weather was predicted to increase both winds to 40+ and swells to over 3 meters within 2 days. So Sunday morning we set sail for the San Blas Islands, a 400 mile run through Colombia’s notorious wild windy coast then onwards in open seas crossing the Caribbean. Flying at 7-10 knots we hit 16 knots surfing waves. Each day waves built to the 3 meters predicted but we had got out and ahead of the worst.
Excitement came with an acrobatic pod of dolphins that jump 10+ feet out of 3 meter swells all around us as they passed by – the highest most exciting dolphin show on earth right here in the middle of the open Caribbean sea.
That wonderful sound ZZZZIIINNNGGGGG! went off several times and after two lost fish we finally landed a 30′ Wahoo who ran out our line a football fields length before Andrew could begin the fight to reel it in. Wahoo for dinner last night and guess what’s for dinner tonight too. Delicious!!!
After 49 serious sailing hours I brought the INNcredible in as dawn made way through the darkness so we could negotiate the reef lined San Blas Islands. And we made it and are now at anchor off Isla Provenir.