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Sailing Trinidad to Venezuela
June '03 to August '03

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Testigos - again

A lovely sail brought us back to the Islas Testigos in Venezuela:
one of our favorite unspoiled, undeveloped beaches.

Our friends Ron and Suzanne on their beautifully home-built
Wharram catamaran Tapasya were in Testigos too:



Next stop:
Isla Margarita

Chrissi feeding our cruising
kitty at one of the regular
Nautical Flea Markets -
with jewelry and bags
made aboard Naga,
books to swap and CD's
to burn . . .


The Dangers of Fun Parks

We stayed much longer in Margarita than
planned: Jack suffered a bad back injury. . .
at the amusement park! If you go to
Diverland, DON'T ride on the Chucho!
All was (pretty) well again after a few weeks
and we were off again, this time to . . .


Venezuela's Isla Coche and the Gulf of Cariaco



We crossed tacks with our friend John
on his Wharram cat Taraipo on the way to Coche.

There were very few other yachts
in the Gulf of Carico. The area has
several of its own micro-climates,
varying from stark desert to lush jungle
and rivers. It was very laid-back
and a real pleasure to cruise
this infrequently visited area.

Chrissi at ease at on the dock
at Madrigal Village, Gulf of Cariaco,
a place that warmly welcomes cruising boats.


The north shore of the Gulf of Cariaco
is very much the backside of nowhere.
Laid back? We waited about 2 hours for a
"bus" at this bus stop near the Madrigal "resort."


Cariaco is the "city" in the region.
One of the ladies and her goods at the
bustling large public market.


Exploding fireworks rockets immediately called our attention to this religious festival.
Bursting bombs, music, religious icons, somekind of very dangerous local alcohol
and lots of good spirits animated the blessing of the fishing fleets
while we were there. Just one of many boats above.



We fired off a distress flare to add to
the noise and to do our part,
and we were quickly visited by the
happy fleet, complete with
serenades and drinks.

There's an intriguing river at the head of the Gulf that runs
deep into the interior of Venezuela.
We started to explore it by kyak but were rained out
in a powerful deluge of sky-born water.

We left the Gulf and went west to the city of Cumana where we stayed
in the marina for two days. It was there that we picked up an undesired hitchiker
- a rat! We only discovered it at our next stop in Mochima.
A huge battle ensued for most of a night, but we won and the rat was GONE!

Our friend Mike from Scotland, with his friend Suzie,
was cruising in company with us.
Here he is with his lovely Golden Hind cruiser, Malana, in Mochima.


Next stop: Puerto La Cruz

We picked up another uninvited guest who moved
aboard in the marina here. This one should have
joined us in Mochima (!). While uninvited
this guest was welcome:



From Puerto La Cruz we headed to Isla Tortuga and a glorious week there.
Then on to Los Roques which had too much commerce and too many tourists.

The Aves Islands were next and were wonderful,
especially this spot in Aves Barlovento:


Aside from the crystaline azure waters,
one of Barlovento's great pleasures
were the Boobies. The baby boobies
were hatching all along the shore:
Here's one, and this animated white
fluff-ball was as curious about us
as we were about it.

After Venezuela's Aves Barlovento and Sotovento
we carried on to Bonaire (again) for a one night stop,
and then onward to Cartagena.
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