Archive for September, 2009

Cartagena, Colombia

Posted in Uncategorized on 30/09/2009 by ketchkaraka

Very busy days in town, we are scheduled to haul out in the shipyard on thursday for a week, painting and various minor jobs on the list…

So in the meantime, running all around town to get the preparations done, buying gear and materials. It is scalding hot here and we spend our days sweating…

We have made a few modifications on the webite, check Kim’s page and for those interested in buying a boat, there is a link at the bottom of the main page with a couple interesting ones…

The crew is pretty much sorted out at the moment, Kim has been exchanging many mails with many people and we should be full for a while. Chris is coming back with his girlfriend Lauren and the rest of the crew is going to be eclectic, with a artist from the states (painting), a music producer from australia, a professional fisherman from kodiak island in alaska and a biologist from hawaii…

We will stay in Cartagena another few weeks before heading back to san blas for a few weeks, we are going to ailigandi to make a dugout canoe with a local guy. then we’ll be back in colombia for a short while, picking up new crew.

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Cartagena, Colombia

Posted in Uncategorized on 15/09/2009 by ketchkaraka

Back to civilization…
Cartagena is a big town of about 1 million people, and it is quiet busy after a month in some remote indigenous islands.
The trip went very well. the islands were amazing, the people very friendly and we had a lot of unexpected adventures, the crew held strong and worked as a team and everybody had a great time.
I’m going to stay short for now as i have countless mails to answer, while having to deal with culture shock at the same time, deli markets, nightlife, crew departure, haulout planning, severl pages of to-do maintenance lists, etc etc…

We mostly sailed around the western part of the san blas islands, checking in at Porvenir and not going further east than an island called Ailigandi. Amongst the wonders and adventures, we had, in chronological order, a wrecked yacht to rescue(sadly without success), a party in a traditional village for the coming of age of a young girl, endless talks with local people about various matters, a little girl’s 7th birthday, a dull barbecue with american retirees on Barbecue Island, spearfishing for lobtsers and crabs on some of the most preserved coral reefs i’ve seen, strolling on a gold sand beach at sunset under coconut trees on a desert island, a lively babrbecue with nice cruisers on a tiny islands with nobody else around, a week of partying with the anarchist crew of a 40 meters german schooner, some serious spearfishing, overcoming my worry about swiming with massive baracudas, a cold beer , a night hove to off the coast to wait for the light to enter the reef, visits by local kids every afternoon (I counted up to 20 of them at once on deck), the planning of helping a kuna master carve a dugout canoe for karaka (not enough time this once, we need to go back with a couple weeks to spare), an encounter with drug runners toting machine guns( no threat, they were smilling and stayed away), bargaining for mola( the local sewed artifacts), cutting up a new barbecue out of a bottle of gas, a birthday party, a 50 hours crossing with very little wind, and finally, town.

that’s it for now