Leela Year Six - Across the Pacific

Well.... to our own surprise here we are

29 May 2020 | Cook's Bay, Moorea
14 May 2020 | Tahiti, French Polynesia
08 May 2020 | Enroute Gambiers to Tahiti
30 April 2020 | Rikitea, Gambiers, French Polynesia
26 March 2020
24 March 2020 | The Gambiers, French Polynesia
08 March 2020 | Taravai Island, The Gambiers
03 March 2020 | Airport Anchorage, Gambier
21 February 2020 | Kouaku, Gambier Islands
17 February 2020 | Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier Islands
12 February 2020 | Rikitea, Mangareva Island, The Gambiers
25 January 2020 | Nuku Hiva
22 January 2020 | Ua Huka
14 December 2019 | Tahiti
16 November 2019 | Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva
07 November 2019 | Baie Marquisienne, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
05 November 2019 | Baie Marquisienne, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
03 November 2019 | Nuku Hiva
30 October 2019 | Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
20 October 2019 | Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia

Leaving Santa Marta

14 December 2018 | Off Cartegena
I am SO behind..... Anyway, we had a great time in and around Santa Marta. The town is probably a pretty typical Colombian seaside vacation spot for Colombians which is nice. I have posted a few pics of our travels in the album so I'm not going to write a long travelogue (until the Amazon....😊). What I do want to write about is the Colombian people.

Of all the peoples we have interacted with over our years of travel they must be some of the nicest. Right up there with Newfoundlanders. They have been universally happy, helpful and charming, even when faced with our negligible Spanish..... Just a complete delight.

Interestingly, Janaki has observed that they seem to treat women as equals. They are comfortable in positions of authority and Janaki has not had any of the 'you are just a woman' dismissive BS that she gets in many other places (including home....). What with this and the fantastically varied environment it would not be hard to think about living here if our Spanish was better.

We are currently sailing (slowly) past Cartegena on our way to Isla Grande, just to the south. Today's 14kts and light seas is a bit too gentle but a good break after yesterday's 30kts and 14' Stern quartering seas. It was the first time we have ever had water down the companionway from a boarding wave - not fun.... We fixed it by trailing warps an old trick but a good one. I will write that up separately.

We are generally enjoying the rally. They are a great bunch of people and the pool of knowledge and support is awesome. We are still struggling a little with the social dynamics of the large group. We generally prefer to get together with a couple of other boats but, strangely, that seems to be harder in this slightly overheated social scene than just rocking up in a marina or anchorage alone. Odd....

Anyway, we have a couple of days in the islands then we head into Cartegena for what looks like being a hectic holiday season, with friends visiting and a trip to Leticia, on the Amazon river.

There seems to be a lot of latency in the tracking map - it's on the to-do list...

More soon.
Vessel Name: Leela
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 38.8
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, NH
Crew: Graham and Janaki
We are a Brit and an Australian now based in the wonderful community of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We have a delightful home there but a couple of years ago we began to feel a bit over-domesticated so we thought we would buy another boat and head south. [...]
Leela, a Bristol 38.8 has turned out to be a wonderful cruising boat for us. Some might find it a little cramped by modern standards but it feels like just the right balance of living space and storage to us. She sails like a dream. She is remarkably well balanced and is comfortable in pretty [...]
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