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Spruce left New Zealand at the end of May 2014. We had a memorable time in NZ, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia and arrived in Australia at the end 2014. Next comes Tasmania and then north to SE Asia in 2015.
At Anchor Again.
Andy & Sue
10/Aug/2012, Cartagena - Colombia

A few days in the marina at Club de Pesca and now we are anchored off the Club Nautico, a short distance down the bay. Awaiting the return of our Propane bottles after filling; different fittings and regulations as we move through various countries can prove difficult. Our previous boat was fitted with a paraffin stove, that fuel must be international we thought, but was hard to find in the Caribbean Islands. This trip so far we have manged to get our 4 UK specification bottles replenished, but it is not always easy.

We'll stay anchored here, with the commercial hub-bub of the container port nearby and a whole bunch of cruising yachts anchored around, until we leave for Las Islas Rosarios, San Bernandos and the San Blas in Panama.

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Storm with Tropical Wave
Andy & Sue
09/Aug/2012, Cartagena - Colombia

An afternoon visit to a lovely restaurant located inside an old fort and situated beside our marina supplied an unexpected show. Grey skies often threaten during the afternoon here and sometimes a sudden downpour may develop. The grey to the south seemed more ominous than usual and much darker in colour. Waiters soon asked us to leave the courtyard table and move inside; as they spoke a hot blast of wind struck, rapidly followed by rain.

A few sailboats anchored in the bay started to move downwind as anchors lost their grip on the bottom. Winds were strong and probably gusting well into gale force. One hapless vessel made it into the moored boats at Club de Pesca Marina, right beside the restaurant...

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09/Aug/2012

...Various people struggled to push her free and finally succeeded with the help of a Coastguard launch towing furiously astern...


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09/Aug/2012

... and 2 hours later the thunder head moves on to the north into the Caribbean Sea and calm returns to the bay.

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Massive Castle.
Andy & Sue
09/Aug/2012, Castillo San Felipe - Cartagena - Colombia

Standing sentinel over the old city of Cartagena sits Castillo San Felipe. This massive edifice started building in 1657 as part of a large scale improvement i of the city defences. Possibly the folklore of the citizens was still full of tales of pirate attacks and the destruction waged by Francis Drake less than 100 years earlier when he ransomed the city following a successful campaign. The military works were evidently sufficient; a major attack by Admiral Vernon in the eighteenth century failed miserably. Some 50 warships supported by a further 130 transports and support vessels attempted to take Cartagena, after this failure Admira Vernon returned to Britain to enter Parliament.

It seems so strange as we have traveled the Caribbean, US and Canada to see how much affected these distant lands have been by European conquest and politics over the past 500 years.

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09/Aug/2012

...and Sue sizes up the massive Colombian National Flag billowing in the breeze...

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