The ultimate love test

This happens way too often…

Just arrived in Cartagena

It took Cirrus four days to sail 600nm from Los Roques to Cartagena with a last windy and wavy night under storm jib.

Anchored in front of el Club Nautico we have an amazing view on the city and the skyscrapers of Bocagrande. We enjoyed our first “real” fresh water shower since the Canaries. Oh yeah.

We will soon be telling you more about this place as we discover Colombia in company of Big Ben, our friend who lives here.

Un abrazo a todos.

Downwind sailing on Cirrus

There are many ways to sail Cirrus. Because we don’t have a furling sail on the front, we are left with many configurations of stays and sails to be hoisted rather than furled.

In Bilbao we even added a second removable forestay with its dedicated halyard. On the Atlantic crossing that enabled us to sail with two jibs; one poled out in a “classic” manner, the other one with a sheet passing through a block on the end of the boom.

If a squall approached, you just needed to open a clutch and a sail would come down… In theory. Practically many a time one jib would hook itself into both stays, forcing us to drop both at the same time.

It is all blue at night

It took me a few hours to paint and outline this page of the comic, a full day to work out how to put this video together.

Finally it took the computer (let’s not neglect its part in this work) a full afternoon on the poor wifi connection of the marina to upload this video.

So hopefully you will find the time to watch those three minutes of accelerated painting. 🙂