Willemstad Curacao, lively downwind sailing, Cartagena old city, remote San Blas Islands
Starting from Willemstad in Curacau we will have quite the challenging voyage ahead of us.
After practicing our “man overboard” drills in protected waters and spending the first night onboard at a quiet anchorage, we will prepare ourselves for the open sea. Expect some serious offshore trade wind sailing for most of the way, with plenty of big seas.
Watch keeping, navigating, storm gazing will all become a welcome routine once you acquire your sea legs. In learning the skills of “Celestial Navigation” the “Noonsite” will be the first site taught with the sextant, following the regular sun site later in the voyage. Finding our final destination with the use of a sextant will become the responsibly of the students on board and will be proof of your acquired skills.
After about 400 miles while following the Colombian coast we will be nearing the city of Cartagena where we are planning to stop. After our short relax in this beautiful old port we will go out to sea again to continue our open ocean voyage in the direction of the Panama Canal.
A must see is the ‘San Blas’ Island group which lie only a short distance from our destination. These Islands are truly a very unique place to visit and only a few people have done so in their lives. Here the traditional and colourful “Kuna” Indians live and function like they have for thousands of years, honoring life and their traditional roots. This area is almost untouched by modern life.
A short hop will bring us to the city of Colon which is Caribbean ocean entrance of the Panama Canal. This city is to be treated with caution as it has a quite a reputation.
However we hope to land at the local yacht club to celebrate the end of our successful voyage.
This is a great opportunity for sharpening our sail handling skills as we will experience plenty of sail changes on this journey.