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Exploring the Country south of Cartagena | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 19

Hi from Playa Blanca, Colombia!

Kim cleans her first fish in this one! I’d say she did a pretty good job – though she’s a master now! She speared and cleaned lunch while I did the dishes… I’m so proud!

We sail down to Colon, Colombia, to check out the local scene. It’s beautiful. And we got some epic drone shots for you. Will say that the bugs down there are ridiculous.

Hope you enjoy!

-James

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Girls make the best crew | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 18

Girls took over Zingaro! We are exploring Colombia with our Brazilian friend Idé. She’s never been sailing before, so we wanted to introduce her to this beautiful wet world! Since Kim was on the boat long enough now, she captained the boat for a few days while James enjoyed himself. Leaving Cartagena was a good idea. We really missed the beach and some clear water …

After so many things going so horribly wrong we really needed to have some good times. And so we did!

Enjoy our 18th episode.

Captain & James 😉

MUSIK by the Fabulous NOA & the Black Loops

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Cartagena wasn’t ready for the Zingaro | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 17

We didn’t even look at a picture before we arrived in Cartagena (Colombia). So we thought we were in the WRONG place! It was a HUGE city, awesome people, great nightlife, and a Russian submarine turned bar. This is a cool one. Enjoy folks!

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How we tried to sink Zingaro | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 16

We had a very rough ride from Jamaica to Colombia. We were in a hurry leaving the hurricane zone (it was June already!!!) and almost flipped the boat on the way. Holy Moly, that was not fun.

Stuff like that reminds you of how big and mighty the ocean is and how small the little Zingaro is.

The rip we were worried about (we named him Steve) was so small at that time! If we would have only known we’ll have him on the boat for more than half a year!

Bye, Kim

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We made it to Jamaica | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 15

Looks like the third time is the charm! The improved Zingaro is finally leaving the Cayman Islands. The ride to Jamaica started out very pleasantly, until we got smashed by a wave that killed all our electronics. I don’t think there is ever going to be a longer passage without a major drama …

Well, one rudder richer and with one computer less we arrived in the land of the green mountains and the Jerk Chicken! Our sail needed a repair and we spent a good deal of our time in Jamaica in cabs.

The rest of our time we were over at Franziska’s place where we had BBQs and Red Stripes with her and her family. We ended up taking Franziska’s advice and taped our sails together to move on to Colombia.

James & Kim

Music:

Black Loops: Suki
NOA: Loveland [Milky Chance/cover]

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We involuntarily landed on Cayman Brac | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 14

This episode is about our second attempt to sail to Jamaica and about our second failure. Building a rudder on the beach and other fun stuff to do in Cayman Brac (the most expensive place Zingaro has been so far).

When we arrived in Cayman Brac, James knew exactly what to do. By then he was an experienced rudder-builder, You could say. He got his angle grinder out and got to work immediately. And even on this little island, we were able to find a hardware store. YES!

When Zingaro got what she needed to bring us to Jamaica safely, we started to explore the Caymanian nightlife and made a bartour ALL THE WAY AROUND Cayman Brac (three bars).

That was when we met the wonderful Debra, who invited us for showers and laundry over to her house. We needed that badly. She gave us a tour of the island in the daylight, too. Now we are proud to say that we have seen every last bit of that rocky little piece of land.

❤ Thank you so much, Deb ❤

We had problems checking out, but that was totally our fault. I’m very grateful that the guys from the immigration were so chilled about us breaking numerous laws. Island style.

-Kim

Music by NOA: soundcloud.com/i_t_s_m_e

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What is left of the Boat after 9,500 miles | Sailing Zingaro

A lot of people have asked for it, so here it is! Boat tour time! This one will be a bit different than most, as I’ve already given a tour of the layout. If you haven’t seen the first walkthrough, please click here …

If you HAVE seen the boat, Kim and I put this together. A hilarious look at life on our home-built sailboat after 9,500 miles of cruising the world! We’ve fixed a TON of stuff, and there’s a lot left to do, but this is a funny look at the repercussions of sailing around the world. 😉

Hope you all like!
-James

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Our first PATRON joins the boat! Sailing Zingaro – Episode 12

Please welcome Kris Knabel (one of our first supporters on Patreon) came down to Grand Cayman to sail to Jamaica with us. With the new and improved rudder we let the wind fill our sails and GO!

Unfortunately… in true Zingaro fashion our OTHER rudder fell off. Oops …

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Freediving the Kittiwake before it toppled over | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 11

S/v Zingaro makes it to Cayman Islands, and we take it easy with a little kiteboarding and diving. The Kittiwake was a really cool wreck to dive, and Kimmi’s first freedive! She did amazing! Little fish. After that’s all over we realize we’ve got a little problem …

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¡Adios Mexico! | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 10

Check out our tour of the bottle island. It’s a really amazing adventure we had in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. An island floating on nothing but used plastic bottles? How sick is that! RichArt, a British artist, is really a master of recycling. All the little details in his house…

We had a lot of fun with him and the guys from Project Atticus. But after the island and our sail were fixed, it was time for us to leave Mexico. So the Captain took me (Kim) out for my first real sail. WOHOOO! It was a nice one…

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Say Guten Tag to my new editor! | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 9

Kimmi’s first episode! Yup, she edited this entire thing. I’m very proud!

In this Episode Kim joins the Zingaro Crew and we take the boat from Isla Mujeres, Mexico, to Cozumel. Unfortunately Cozumel was a paradise for cruise ships and not cruisers. Expensive compared to the rest of Mexico and no authentic tacos to be found … A nightmare for Kim!

Luckily we got to meet some French-Canadian sailors on a 30′ boat (with 5 people, one Mom, and one dog). They are living the pirate kind of life even more than we are. It ended up bring days of singing and sailing with a bunch of beautiful people aboard.

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Fixing the boat after running aground | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 8

If you like the how-to vids here’s a really fast walkthrough of a month in the boatyard to repair my bottom.

We fixed the damaged spots, rebuilt the daggerboards, and generally refit the boat. It was a ton of work, everyday 10-12 hours. I lived in the yard during this whole operation. But she’s ready to go! Also, a suprise paint-job!

Let me know what you think!

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Diving in Cancun and we CRASH the boat! | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 7

Melissa and I sail from Cayman to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, see the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, and Cancun. I meet some crazy Mexicans on the beach and they sing me a song. We say goodbye to Mel and welcome Angela as crew. We sail to Cozumel, Tulum, and Punta Allen – beautiful diving on the way. Then we ground the boat …

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Couple gets adopted by crazy locals in Cayman Islands! | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 6

Aloha guys!

This episodes includes all the details of what happened when the Zingaro Crew left the wonderful Cuban waters and sailed to the Cayman Islands. It was a beautiful sail and the people that Melissa and James met when they arrived were even more beautiful.

Because what made the experience on the island so special were not the intact reefs, the regional food, the thousand jewelers or the tourist traps. It was the local, Mister Denton, that took them in and showed them Grand Cayman as only a crazy fisherman can do.

Enjoy!

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Six months of sailing | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 5

Months of joy and moments of horror… Grounding the boat, losing both rudders, ripping the sails… It certainly was not an easy trip so far. But the rewards I got were incredible: freediving the kittiwake in the Cayman Islands, seeing the sun set over the mountains in Jamaica, cruising the Colombian coast and, of course, the San Blas Islands, Panama!

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Solo sailing to southern Cuba | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 4

Sailing solo to the southern archipelagoes of Cuba. Freediving, spearfishing, sightseeing… Explore Nueva Gerona with me as I take you into a real Cuban restaurant where the food is $1 (and fantastic)!

We welcome a new crew member. Welcome Mel! And get the boat off the bottom …

New Years Eve in Key West | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 2

I sailed solo for 7 days, rounding the western Cape of Cuba, and sat on the concrete in a plaza for 6+ hours to upload this. Enjoy!

We continue where we left off: I broke the rudder, as well as my macbook, autopilot, and phone. Everything gets fixed in this episode (except my iPhone, I’m going to throw that in the drink, watch for that video!). I go diving with friends, meet up with 2 crew members who are going to Cuba with me, and we sail down to Key West, Fl for new years eve!

Solo sailing to the keys & the 6 minute refit | Sailing Zingaro Episode 1

Finally done with the first episode! Super exited to share this. Flew from Hawaii to Ft Myers, Florida to look at a catamaran, and ended up living there for 2 months while refitting and getting her ready for sea. It was tough, and a great learning experience. I’ve video-documented much of the process, and will be putting out detailed how-to videos, maybe they will help someone in their journey.

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