February 2017

Hablas Espanol ?

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Inspiration is already pretty much half way to her trip after reaching Panama !  Yet, we have to continue our journey across the Panama canal to reach the Pacific ocean !  Many more miles are to be sailed.

On one hand we feel proud to have sailed 10,000+ nautical miles in 7 months to reach Panama from France via the Mediterranean, the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean sea.

On the other hand, there is a greater challenge ahead: an attempt to sail across the Pacific ocean, simply the largest body of water on the Planet, to reach either New Zealand or Australia by September 2017.

Navigation was rather rough through the infamous Cabo de la Vela.  Probably some of the worst sailing conditions we had on our trip so far.  But Inspiration did well in these adverse conditions and safely brought the crew on to discover Cartagena de Indias.

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Cartagena features the beautiful Ciudad Vieja, as well as great people food and culture.   So much happened in that city over the centuries.  Was great to learn about History of this part of the Caribbean.

We were told about the Tintipan island, south of Cartagena, and decided to stop by on our way to San Blas islands.

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We met with the Kunas in San Blas who are unbelievable sailors and fishermen.  These islands are truly stunning and need to be protected.  We decided to do intense snorkeling there, despite the presence of sea crocodiles…

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Back to school (boat preparation) in Colon: hull cleaning, rig check, engine maintenance, provisioning, laundry, etc…We hopefully are ready for the Pacific Ocean !

Pirates of the Caribbeans (Episode 2)

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After exploring the Northern part of the Caribbeans up to Antigua, Inspiration sailed back to Saint Lucia and headed South towards Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.   Sailing the Grenadines was truly enjoyable.  Unbelievable colors and and infinite beaches…Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Palm island: looks like we covered it well.

Inspiration then sailed on to Grenada via Carriacou followed by Saint George’s.

Nice passage to Bonaire passing by Los Roques.  Bonaire did not disappoint us when it comes to underwater scenery.  If only we could have identified all the species we saw in these pristine waters!

Short stop in Curacao was enjoyable: little Amsterdam in the Caribbeans I guess.

Inspiration is now moving to South America: next stop is Cartagena.  But that will be another story.

 

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