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Sailing from Cabo Verde to Suriname – Day 7 (Passing Halfway Point)

(December 28, 2017) It seems long but we just passed the halfway mark! Our average speed for the first 1,000 miles is 6.4 knots, making an average of 150 miles a day. We have had two critical boat issues: Autopilot and Jib Pole. Having a spare for the Autopilot Compass Module,

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Sailing from Cabo Verde to Suriname – Day 6 (Watching Bioluminescent at Dark)

(December 27, 2017) As we sail South Westerly, we are getting warmer weather. Our current position is at the same latitude with Northern Colombia and Venezuela. Starting from days ago, we have been seeing lots of Sargassum sea weed. I learned it is good for fish life but it can also wash up on a beach making a foul smell,

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Sailing from Cabo Verde to Suriname – Day 5 (Depending on Autopilot at Sea)

(December 26, 2017) We change our watch at 2am; John goes to bed and I am up managing the boat. We have one other crew member Auto the Autopilot who works 24 hours, nonstop steering the wheel and keeping us on course. Our watch duty involves, checking the course and adjusting the autopilot,

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Sailing from Cabo Verde to Suriname – Day 4 (Time Zone at Sea)

(December 25, 2017) So far, we have seen only three ships on our SHIP tracking device (AIS system) since we started sailing. It looks we are the only boat in this part of the Atlantic Ocean. We have about 70% of the total distance to go to our destination, about 10 more days.

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Sailing from Cabo Verde to Suriname – Day 3 (Christmas at Sea)

(December 24, 2017) For the last three days of sailing, we haven’t seen a clear sky, sun, moon, or stars. The planet looks as if it only has two colors; the sky is gray and ocean is dark gray. Days are hazy and nights are pitch dark. I could wish for sunshine,

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Sailing from Cabo Verde to Suriname – Day 2 (Wahoo Day)

(December 23, 2017) Waves are still undefined making for uncomfortable sailing. I took extreme care when boiling water to make coffee not to get hot water spilled on me. This is the first time we have used the stove during this trip. At least the wind speed has been more or less steady keeping sails from crashing.

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Sailing from Cabo Verde to Suriname – Day 1

(December 22, 2017) It was hazy and dusty when we left Cabo Verde this morning. The visibility was not good. The harbor was crowded with new arrival of boats and ships. There was definitely Christmas air blowing on the island but it is time for us to sail.

We started with great sailing;

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Set Sail from Cabo Verde to Suriname, South America

We are about to set sail today for Suriname (Caribbean Island). It will be the longest sailing for us, about 1900 nautical miles. We estimate it will take about two weeks.

Sending you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wish us fair winds and following seas.

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Adios Mosquitoes and Sandflies: Mosquito Net

Zika Virus, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Malaria… AHHHH, Life in the tropics. When it comes to bug bites, prevention is the best policy for me. Otherwise, once I get a bug bite, I end up scratching my skin leaving ugly scars. Based on my experiences, a mosquito bite makes me itch for about two days and a no-see-ums (Sandflies) about five days.

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Colombia, Providencia Island – Movistar SIM Card

*** My Experiences with Movistar SIM Card (January to February 2016) ***

There are two stores selling SIM Cards in Providencia. Both recommended that I get the ‘Movistar SIM Card’. It cost 10,000 Colombian Pesos (COP) for a SIM card. The setup is simple. A couple of setup problems might be because (1) it is in Spanish and (2) there is no printed list of special code.

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Volcanic Scenery, Hiking to El Pico (The Peak) in Providencia Island, Colombia

February 1, 2016: In order to see the island, we decided to rent a scooter for each of us (50,000 Colombian Pesos = US$16 Per Day/Per Scooter). I was a little worried because I haven’t driven a scooter before. It is the main transportation vehicle in Providencia. The road is good and empty so I was ready to learn a new skill,

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My Experience with a Dentist and a Doctor in Providencia Island, Colombia

I consider that I am active and healthy. I also do regular exercise and try to eat smart even in remote islands. However, since I started sailing in June 2014, I have been seeing doctors in each country we stop at. The two main problems I have are: (1) a tooth crown that won’t stay on,

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Sailing from San Blas to Providencia, Colombia

El Nino, for us, means more possibility of Cyclones in the Pacific. Because of it, we were unsure of our next destination. Finally, we made a big decision postponing going to the South Pacific for two years. That means we are not crossing the Panama Canal in February, 2016. It is disappointing;

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Sleeping with Jungle Sounds in Sapzurro, Colombia

Overnight sailing from Tintipan Island to Sapzurro was so pleasant. We were thrilled that there was enough wind to sail even though we had to motor for a couple of hours at the beginning. Sapzurro is located at the tip of Colombia right on the border of South America near Panama (Central America).

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The World’s Most Crowded Island, Santa Cruz Islet in Colombia

At Tintipan anchorage, I found out about the world’s most crowded island. Let’s say that my walking step size is one meter. The best way to describe the size of this island is that the length is 200 steps and the width is 60 steps. Multiplying the length (200 meters) and the width (60 meters),

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Anchorage: Peaceful Night or Wild West?

The moonlit and the sound of a remote drum woke me up. After sleeping deeply and sweetly, I felt refreshed and recharged when I opened my eyes. I decided that I should get up and look out in order to see what was going on with our three boats. We had left Santa Marta Marina with two other sailboats from France and sailed/motored to Puerto Velero yesterday.

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Easy Trail but Go Slow – Hiking to Iguaque Lake in Colombia

I once read that Colombia is roughly the size of Texas and California combined. Colombia is also a mountainous country which means winding roads. The roads are sometimes a bit rough, and there is a lot of construction going on, they wind along the mountains and valleys. There is no direct path from one town to the next.

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‘Lost City’ Jungle Hiking in Colombia

Doing the Lost City Hike was the top on our things to do list in Colombia. It sounded mysterious, visiting a lost city in the jungle. It is only available through a tour company. We did the Lost City from October 27 to 30, 2015 with the guide, Edwin Rey who has been working for TurCol company as a guide for 25 years.

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A Family business that does great business! (Boat Repair in Santa Marta)

We recently had a lot of boat plumbing issues and have made many trips to a hose and fitting supply store Correas, Guayas Y Ensambles S.A.S., located at Carrera 11a. No. 11-23, in Santa Marta.

It is a family run business that specializes in hose assemblies both hydraulic and water,

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Evening with Colombian Families, ‘No Posible Ingles’

Our boat projects are almost completed.

We cheered when the ‘Water Maker High Pressure Gauge’ was successfully installed. At first, we thought we had to send the parts to the USA. Sending and receiving parts takes more time and also may involve 28% import tax. Magically, a local hydraulic store solved our problem (*Store Name: Correas,

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