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SPREZZATURA’S JOURNEY 

What A Long, Great Trip 

M/Y Sprezzatura 

Barra to Barra

December 7, 2018, 09:12,  Depart Barra De Navidad, Mexico

January 5. Bahia del Sol, El Salvador

January 10, Puerta del Sol, Nicaragua

January 12, Playas Cocos, Costa Rica

February 11, Isla Parida, Panama

February 18, Panama City, Panama

March 27, Transit Panama Canal

April 14, Bocas Del Toro, Panama

April 27, Montego Bay, Jamaica

May 2, Mathew Town, Bahamas

May 20, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA

August 13, Portland, Maine

December 16, St. Augustine, Florida

January 15, 2020, Bimini, Bahamas

February 22, Grand Cayman Island

March 18, Bocas Del Toro, Panama

14 day quarantine, 30 day curfew

May 28, Colon, Panama

4 month hauled out at Shelter Bay Marina

October 31, Panama Canal Transit

December 8, Golfito, Costa Rica

January 2, 2021 Chiapas, Mexico

February 24, 2021 1500, Arrive Barra De Navidad, Mexico

  • 3 Years
  • 1 Month
  • 24 Days
  • 12,111 Nautical Miles,
  • 2,220 Hours

SPREZZATURA'S JOURNEY .

Bravo Zulu ERIC !!! SIGNIFICANT SIGHTS IN JAMAICA
SIGNIFICANT SIGHTS IN JAMAICA  BLUE LAGOON
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon
Ken and Dale enjoying Jamaica

Goats on the move in Jamaica
Goats on the move in Jamaica
Can you say Jerk Chicken
Can you say Jerk Chicken 
Large Mansions along the shoreline
Made it to Matthew Town Great Inagua, Bahamas !

Made it to Matthew Town Great Inagua, Bahamas !  SY SLOW DANCER took the lifting winds from a large NE system for a sweet sail to the Southern Bahamas   Threading the Windward Passage !SY SLOW DANCERtook the lifting winds from a large NE system for a sweet sail to the Southern Bahamas  Threading the Windward Passage !SY SLOW DANCER took the lifting winds from a large NE system for a sweet sail to the Southern Bahamas   Threading the Windward Passage !

 

SV GARGOYLE utilized that same weather system to sail from the Cayman Islands towards Turks and Caicos
utilized that same weather system to sail from the Cayman Islands towards Turks and Caicos 

The Windward Passage

Fri Mar 05 2021Tonight we’re navigating the Windward Passage, that stretch of water bordered by Haiti to, the east and Cuba to the west. This is certainly one of those storied stretches of water that counts as a bucket list accomplishment. However tonight it is a rather quiet stretch of water with a high pressure ridge stalled over this area, giving us a quiet weather window for our run east.Currently, we’re crossing the traffic seperstion zones, which usually indicate high traffic areas. Tonight though, there’s on one ship on AIS. All is quiet, just the way we like our night watch. We have a 1 knot “push” from the currents on the eastern side of the channel, which is helping us along quite nicely.Unfortunately, we’ve had very little sailing on this passages, motoring for almost 90% of the time. While we planned for this quiet stretch it goes against our nature to motor. That said, if we were to sail we would likely get caught Monday in 30 knot plus winds and 9’ seas which is even more not in our nature. Moo, we’ll be tucked into an anchorage off the Caicos island doing what is in our nature, having a cocktail, while that wind blows through. Here’s to weather windows. Boring but safe.Star Light, Star Bright, First Star I See TonightThu Mar 04 2021As dusk settles softly over the seas between Cuba and Jamaica I wait for the first star and I remember other nights from another time. As is often the case on Night Watch the veil between now and the past is thin. I can practical smell those magical evenings as the sun slowly set and the air was filled with anticipation. We would gather in the yards and play endless games of kick the can. Slowly night would fall until someone would notice that first star and we would pause and whisper those magical words to make that wish. What did I wish for back then? Did I wish to be a sailor, exploring distant shores? It was all so very long ago.Tonight though is now and I make my wish on the star Rigel, at the foot of Orion. This I know not because I’ve grown wise over the years but rather due to what would have seemed magic to that childhood me, am Android app, SkyMap. The magic of yesterday and we hold it in our hands, unappreciated.What did I whisper out here on the sea? Some would wish for fair winds in this position. Others a safe passage. And yet more a beautiful destination. Yet none of those even occur to me. No, I’ve learned the hard way to wish for one more Corona with a friend, feet up in our flip flops, laughing. One more slice of grandmother’s home-made cherry pie. A hug from Mom.Now, unlike when I was a child, I ponder my wishes carefully. Unlike that younger version of me, I now know that those precious wishes, like these warm starry nights, are not infinite. I only have so many and I will try and use them wisely.GARGOYLE Star Light, Star Bright, First Star I See Tonight

SY ORION  USING FAVORABLE EASTING CONDITIONS 

(USING  THAT SAME SYSTEM)
TO SAIL FROM ROATAN TO SAN ANDRES VIA PIRACY PRONE WATERS SY ORION USING FAVORABLE EASTING CONDITIONS  (USING  THAT SAME SYSTEM)   TO SAIL FROM ROATAN TO SAN ANDRES VIA  PIRACY PRONE WATERS

FRIDAY As of 1600, no change in status. Alternator is down. No wind and motoring.2000 report. Wind has picked up a bit, which is helpful.It’s midnight, and we’re still trucking SATURDAY 0400 AM and dodging a number of radar tracks this morning.The two of concern appear to be moving away from me in unison approximately 14nm to my SE.0500 We’ve gone past them…. no issues.0800 AM Status. Winds up, motor is off, sun is shining, conserving fuel and making electricity. 150 nm to go SY ORION SAFE IN SAN ANDRES

 

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looks like a painting – or pattern for a tie

sunken ship dive

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diving through reef canyons

diving through reef canyons roatan

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reefs and drop-offs provide a fertile habitat for species

soft coral 
soft coral

the long dock undergoing repairs
the long dock undergoing repairs

on the calm horizons

ORION

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🇨🇴 BOTERO  Fernando Botero Angulo (born 19 April 1932) is a Colombian figurative artist and sculptor, born in Medellín. His signature style, also known as “Boterismo”, depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volume, which can represent political criticism or humor. He is considered the most recognized and quoted living artist from Latin America,  and his art can be found in highly visible places around the world, such as Park Avenue in New York City and the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Fernando Botero Angulo (born 19 April 1932) is a Colombian figurative artist and sculptorSelf-titled “the most Colombian of Colombian artists” early on, Botero came to national prominence when he won the first prize at the Salón de Artistas Colombianos in 1958.   His art is collected by many major international museums, corporations, and private collectors. In 2012, he received the International Sculpture Center’s Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. Self-titled "the most Colombian of Colombian artists" early on, Botero came to national prominence when he won the first prize at the Salón de Artistas Colombianos in 1958.   His art is collected by many major international museums, corporations, and private collectors. In 2012, he received the International Sculpture Center's Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.     EL CAPITAN

The Captain‘ was created by Fernando Botero

"The First Lady' by Fernando Botero

The First Lady‘ by Fernando Botero
'El presidente' by Fernando Botero

‘El presidente’ by Fernando BoteroBOTERO MUSEUM IN BOGOTAThe Botero Museum is located in Bogotá. The museum houses one of the most important international art collections in Latin America.  Located at Cl. 11 #4-41, Bogotá, Colombia 04° 35.7383′  N 074° 04.3433′ WBOTERO MUSEUM IN BOGOTAThe Botero Museum is located in Bogotá. The museum houses one of the most important international art collections in Latin America.   Located at Cl. 11 #4-41, Bogotá, Colombia  04° 35.7383'  N 074° 04.3433' W

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MOSQUITOS, MALARIA and the PANAMA CANAL

MOSQUITOS, MALARIA and the PANAMA CANAL 
The US was not the first country to attempt the feat. As early as the 1840s the British thought about digging a canal across the Isthmus of Panama, but were deterred by the hostility of the politics and geography
French Panama Canal Bond Certificate - 1880

French Panama Canal Bond Certificate – 1880 In 1881 the French, buoyed by the successful construction of the Suez Canal in Egypt, decided to take on the project. But they did not account for the deadly mosquitoes: 22,000 of the project’s workers died after contracting malaria and yellow fever. The loss of life caused construction costs to spiral, leading to the bankruptcy of the canal’s owners in 1889 after they had spent $287m on the project ($7 billion at today’s prices). The canal lay abandoned and incomplete.French Panama Canal Bond Certificate - 1880There is a cemetery on a hillside next to the town of Paraiso , on the Pacific side of the canal entrance that, as a child, was always pointed out to me as being “the French Cemetery”.   Only the French Cemetery at Paraiso appears to include Frenchmen, although it also includes West Indian laborers who amounted to the largest number of fatalities during construction days.  the French Cemetery

In 1904 the US Army was tasked* with helping construct a canal (* there is a lot more to this…) to connect the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean.The American government bought* (* there is a bit more to this…) the land in 1904 and quickly realized that it needed to protect its workforce from the diseases. To do so, it tried to kill as many of the disease-carrying mosquitoes in Panama as possible. Thousands of American troops were sent in with orders to destroy every habitat that could harbor the mosquitoes.Swamps were drained. Pools and lakes of still water were tainted with oil or simply blown up with explosives. Buildings in the area were fumigated and high-risk areas were doused with insecticide. The scale of the operation was huge: around 700,000 gallons of oil and 124,000 gallons of insecticide were used during the construction of the canal each year. And it was success, at least in relative terms. The death toll among the workforce was 5,000 by the time the canal opened in 1914.HOW IMPORTANT IS THE PANAMA CANAL ?

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