Sailing around the Caribbean

In 2007 our family sailed from the Chesapeake Bay to the Caribbean, visiting most of the islands and stopping in Cartagena, Colombia for hurricane season. We just returned to the Chesapeake after visiting many Central American countries and islands.

11 July 2009 | Kikuyu in Annapolis Harbor, Looking toward the City
29 June 2009 | The National Young Women's Sailing Competition in Hampton
15 June 2009 | Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor
02 June 2009 | Kennedy Space Center
01 June 2009 | Beaudacious and Third Boat that Joined us at Anchor in Fort Pierce
31 May 2009 | Our Friends Beaudacions' Mast was Taller than Most Bridges when Opened
25 May 2009 | View of a Canal from Las Olas Marina Boulevard
21 May 2009 | Approaching Miami Harbor
18 May 2009 | One of the Six-toed Cats Sleeping on Hemingway's Master Bed
16 May 2009 | Approaching Key West - Daniel at the bow trying to see land with the binoculars
08 May 2009 | Main Town Harbor
06 May 2009 | Maya Ritual Reenactment
29 April 2009 | Town's Harbor
27 April 2009 | Daniel at the Blue Hole
25 April 2009 | The Weather Turned Bad
22 April 2009 | View of City from Kikuyu
21 April 2009 | Dangriga Harbor -Daniel doing school work!
19 April 2009 | Whale Shark, Picture by Chelsea Tolppanen
15 April 2009 | kikuyu in the Middle at Anchor in East Harbor

Cartagena: At the Harbor

06 June 2008 | Bahia de Cartagena: View from our Anchorage
After anchoring we watched the city slowly wake up under a hazy sky. It was very hot and humid. Fortunately, in the evening the temperature came down enough to make our sleeping comfortable. We secured a spot in the Club Nautico (Cartagena's sailing club) for the next day and after shopping around to get 2-100 feet lines to attach our bow to underwater moorings, we settled for using our spare anchor line. We came into the doc the next day and secured a spot facing Bocagrande's expanse and tall buildings that from a distance resembled a bit of New Your City's Manhattan Island.

Cartagena is a very vibrant city. A city where many sailors have sort of stumbled into on route to/from Panama and that they like so much that they end up staying for a year or more. We started meeting these types of sailors right before we left the Aruba Yacht Club when we met Nancy and Roddy (s/v Delusions) who very kindly gave us information about Colombia and the trips they had taken to the see ancient Tyrona Indians' Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) near Santa Marta (located about 200 miles north of Cartagena). While here we have now met several such sailors, some who are alone but most who are with their spouses and are retired. A popular thing for these sailors is to sail back and forth between Cartagena and the San Blas islands where the protected and famous Cuna Indians live. This way they keep their stay in Colombia/Panama waters within the allowed time period.
Vessel Name: Kikuyu
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg-Rassy 37
Hailing Port: Norfolk, VA
Crew: Cunningham's (Captain: Kim; Crew: Maria & Daniel
About: Maria E. Ramos and Daniel Cunningham
We are delighted to have you as a visitor to our site. Our family (Dad-Kim, Mom-Maria, 12-year-old son: Daniel) started our cruising adventure in our minds a few years ago. We slowly began to take steps toward achieving this dream. In November of 2007 we departed Annapolis, MD in the Chesapeake [...]
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Who: Cunningham's (Captain: Kim; Crew: Maria & Daniel
Port: Norfolk, VA
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