The sail from San Andres to Providencia is a long day sail, or at least it should be. We had a crazy trip, though. We expected calm winds and a low sea state. Vidorra left first and called back to us that, as soon as they rounded the corner and left the protection of the island, they got the snot kicked out of them. The wind was up and the sea state was horrible. Vidorra almost turned back, but decided to tough it out. We waited to see what they would do. If they turned back, we would have been happy to stay another day. Since they decided to go for it, we all left shortly after. Slow Flight left second and then we followed Delphinus out of the San Andres anchorage. About seven miles out, Delphinus lost all their power and couldn’t start their engine. They decided to keep sailing and we slowed our pace to stay near them in case they needed help. About 22 miles out, the wind died. Delphinus was adrift, dead in the water. We really couldn’t do anything to help them but stay near and offer moral support. Also, our AIS was working, so there was a way for the others to keep track of us. Eventually, Paul was able to start the engine and we continued on our way. They kept the engine on the rest of the way, even when the wind returned (and left and returned…) Crazy wind day!
With Vidorra and Slow Flight already in the anchorage, they were able to guide us in after dark. Thank goodness. The anchorage is wide open, but there are a lot of shallow reefs to watch for.
The town has a really nice dock where we could leave our dinghies. The video above was taken from that dock.
There was no wind in the bay and the water was like glass, so Steve drove us around in his (little) dinghy to investigate the shoreline — as shown in the video above. By the way, we’ve recently discovered The Barefoot Man and the song in that video is one of his. You are likely to hear a lot of his (funny) music in my upcoming videos.
Steve always makes new canine friends everywhere he goes. This old guy was super sweet and loved the attention. He leaned into you to ask for more.
I love funky unique things that people make and this bench seat fit the bill. I was a little worried about sitting on it to try it out, though.
Providencia has a little sister island, Santa Catalina, with a cute bridge connecting the two. We can tell that a lot of money was spent on making the island functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Map showing the island layout. We anchored in the bay between the two islands.
This paved walkway quickly became a favorite for everyone to walk along. I love that they paved around this old tree.
This view is from the middle of the bridge looking back towards Providencia. The water here is very shallow and I enjoyed watching the fish, crabs, and rays from the bridge. The picture at the top of the page was looking towards Santa Catalina from the bridge.
Oh man! Without any wind, San Andres and Providencia are some of the hottest places we’ve been. It didn’t take much walking to start to feel overheated. We happily visited Big Momma’s sidewalk stand for a cold, refreshing drink. This brief taste of the island from our walk made us hungry for more. So in the next blog we rented scooters to see more and I took all kinds of fun pictures.