The Journey to Cartagena
Garrucha – After a morning swim in the bay, we headed off to pastures new, this time heading for the marina at Garrucha as a one-night stop over. Garrucha is a small town with a new marina, which was pretty empty. The town is low rise houses overlooking their promenade and beach on one side and shops and restaurants the other, it is a nice town. We arrived and followed the sailor’s tradition of an arrival beer, later we ventured out for a cool evening walk and a pizza.
The sail to Cartagena was very different to what Linda and John had experienced so far, we were initially a bit concerned about sea sickness, but in-fact it was the opposite they were both so relaxed they dozed on deck and read their books, so we can now confirm they have their sea legs. The forecast was slight seas with a force 2-3; so originally we planned to stop on route in a bay Cala Reona and anchor up again, however the sea state was moderate and winds at this time F4. The bay did not give enough shelter and was a bit too small so we stopped for a late lunch and then continued onto Cartagena another 4 hours sailing. The winds increased but it was more the sea state as we were heading into the waves and wind, but as I said Linda and John did not batter an eye, in fact they closed them.
We arrived at 8.30pm, mooring up right next door to Orion and Macnoon, so we all reunite again. Night one was a quite one for us, I think we were all tired from the sea air and it was a long sail. Today we awoke refreshed although boiling hot, the weather must be at least 38*c here; so with the boat cleaned we headed of to explore the town, we were all keen to see the amphitheatre right in the centre of town. Sight seeing in this heat is hard but it’s a lovely town, narrow streets, shops and lots to see. Had a great tapas lunch in town. We will be heading out tonight as they have a music concert and festival in town.