World ARC leg 1 to Santa Marta Columbia

For the blow by blow account go to our daily logs on the World Cruising site see https://www.worldcruising.com/logsarticle.aspx?page=S636200868032309430&ArchiveID=5&CategoryID=192&ItemID=250476&src=

We arrived at lunchtime on Friday.  Finishing the leg 2nd last meant we got a fantastic welcome when we arrived. It was blowing 40 knots plus, so we crossed the line with tiny scraps of main and staysail and about 20 people (and a rib) got Timshel into the Marina berth.  We went off on a tour of this historic city about an hour later. Santa Marta is the oldest city in South America, and the place were Simon Bolivar died.  Next day was a day at a beautiful beach at the national park with a BBQ, very relaxing but the water was actually quite cold compared to the Caribbean. Went to tour a coffee plantation today then to a big shopping mall.   Still struggling to get to the grips with the currency.  Steve went to the cash machine and took out 10,000 pesos – when I worked it out, that is about £2.50!

We are enjoying getting to know the crews of the 25 boats. There is even one that left from Kip Marina but one year after us.  The next  leg to the San Blas islands starts on Wednesday.

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