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  • Is there a ‘Man Friday’?
    30th October 2022 Mordup, San Blas, Panama – Isla Pinos, San Blas, Panama via Mulatupu, San Blas, Panama When Daniel Defoe penned Robinson Crusoe he spoke about friendly natives, palm fringed beaches and the isolation that that Robinson found on his island. He made this sound like a jolly old caper with few challenges, few…
  • Where Cook walked.
    25th October 2022 Puerto Escoses, San Blas, Panama – Mordup, San Blas, Panama via Caledonia & Niagana, San Blas, Panama When captain cook explored the San Blas islands it was like entering a different world. There he was in his bastion of modern technology, brimming with the latest gadgets sailing past villages that hadn’t changed…
  • An Unexpected Journey.
    21st October 2022 Isla Tintipan, Colombia – Puerto Escosos, San Blas, Panama via San Bernardo, Colombia, Puerto Obaldia & Puerto Perme, San Blas, Panama JRR Tolkien sent Bilbo Baggins, of ‘The Hobbit’ fame, on an unexpected journey in the company of wizards, orks, and all sorts of mystical creatures that allowed him battle against the…
  • One door shuts another door opens.
    16th OcCartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia – Isla Tintipan, Colombia via Cienaga de Cholon, Colombiatober 2022 Paperwork is unavoidable. In everything we do paperwork follows us. Sometimes this paperwork open doors, other times it firmly shuts them. Having completed all the paperwork in Colombia the door wasn’t quite closed, but it was slowly swinging shut…
  • Fork ‘andles.
    10th October 2022 Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia – Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia via Cholon, Colombia & Isla Grand, Colombia Every week the comic geniuses of ‘The 2 Ronnies’ signed off with ‘It’s Goodbye from me, and it’s a goodbye from him’*. In the previous hours they’d effortlessly amused their viewers with skits about…
  • A Story of Transformation.
    10th October 2022 Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia – Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia  via Club Nautico, Cartagena & Medellin, Columbia Good reputations are hard won and easily lost. Bad reputations are easily won and are difficult to lose. Medellin had a bad reputation of being the most dangerous city in the most dangerous country…
  • Something gives.
    25th September 2022 Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia – Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia  via Cienaga de Cholón, Colombia & Punta Alcatraz, Isla Grande, Colombia Getting Ruffian in full ship shape fashion is a full time affair and something sometimes has to give. In this case it’s the blog. So this is what we did…
  • And now time for something totally different.
    15th September 2022 Cienaga de Cholón, Colombia – Cartagena de Indias, Colombia via Marina de Pesca, Cartagena & Minca, Columbia. When Monty Python released ‘And now time for something totally different’, he presented a world of dancing soldiers, a flirty marriage councillor and grannies akin to the cast of ‘Reservoir Dogs’. We’ve not seen any…
  • Juxtaposition
    7th September 2022 Cartagena de Indias, Colombia – Cienaga de Cholón, Colombia Juxtaposition. This is not just a great scrabble word scoring between 29 and 178 points but it also perfectly describes everything we’ve experienced in Cartagena. Rampant tourism sits next to authentic living, sanitised malls give way to thriving local markets and chaotic Cartagena…
  • Thunder and Lightning; very, very frightening!
    31st August 2022 Spanish Waters, Curaçao – Cartagena, Colombia. Sailing offshore is all about risk management. We manage the risks of wind and waves by using technology to tell us what should happen, we manage the risk of injury by having simple rules on board, but some risks can only be managed by luck. Lightning…