Day 2 Morning Position ReportJerry Barber / Overcast / 82 degrees F
02/28/2013, 97 Miles NW of East Lemons, San Blas, Caribbean Sea
Continuing to make progress. The auto pilot worked well most of the night, there was one incident where it kicked off but it came back on fine.
Day 1 Evening Position ReportJerry Barber / Clear / 82 degrees F
02/27/2013, 75 Miles SE of Isla St. Andres, Caribbean Sea
Making good progress although the wind is just off the nose and we are having to motor sail.
Day 1 Departing St. AndresJerry Barber / Clear / 82 degrees F
02/27/2013, Isla St. Andres, Caribbean Sea
We are on our way again, departing St. Andres for the San Blas Islands in Panama. It should be a beautiful day. There is a very unusual weather event coming this weekend. A cold front is pushing all the way down here and will bring with it gale force winds. Needless to say we want to be tucked in somewhere safe in Panama when it arrives.
Sunday Morning SailSusan / mostly sunny, breezy, 86 degrees F
02/24/2013, Isla San Andres, Colombia
We host Fernando and his three kids for a Sunday morning sail. We don't normally invite non-cruisers on-board however Fernando has earned an exception. He understands this is our home, not just a sailing catamaran. The two-or-so hour cruise is gift, a thank-you for being such a great instructor to Jerry.
Welcome Caribe Magazine InterviewSusan / mostly sunny, breezy, 86 degrees F
02/23/2013, Isla San Andres, Colombia
Fernando, Jerry's kite-board instructor, has a friend who writes for the Welcome Caribe magazine, a magazine about the people who visit San Andres. Can she interview us? Sure. Today's the day. Jerry picks them up at the hotel dock for the interview aboard Vida Dulce. She tells us her English isn't very good so I suggest she conduct the interview in Spanish with Jerry. She wants to know our story - how we came to live aboard, where we've been, what we like about San Andres and by extension Isla Providencia since we were recently there, and so on. She does ask me a few questions in English which I answer of course in English. Not sure how much of what I said was understood. Lots of pictures are taken (you know how much I like that....) and a tour of Vida Dulce completes the visit.
Solo Kite-BoardingSusan / mostly sunny, breezy, 87 degrees F
02/22/2013, Isla San Andres, Colombia
Around mid-day we decide to practice Jerry's kite-boarding skills. It's the first time it'll be just us and the dingy to get the kite inflated, lines attached to the handle, etc. We have an expected number of fits & starts but soon Jerry executes a water launch of the kite and is ready for the board. The winds are fairly light compared with a couple of days ago, too light to get up on the board and stay up, so Jerry practices getting up, gracefully falling back while keeping the board on his feet and the kite flying. I get a workout water-running behind him to retrieve the board on those occasions when it gets separated from Jerry. When we're both tired, we do a water deflate of the kite after stowing the lines, etc and get everything back into the dingy. Back at Vida Dulce we wash everything down and set the kite on the bows to dry. It just fits. It's a good practice day. We'll try to get in a few more solo practice days so that Jerry can have a more advanced-techniques lesson before we depart.