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Crazy sailing to mainland Panama | Sailing Zingaro Ep27

This episode we finish our charter, say goodbye to our new friends, and explore mainland Panama. We really liked it here, and stayed for quite awhile.

When we left the beautiful San Blas, we got caught in some serious weather on our passage to Puerto Lindo.

We’re running out of food, fuel, and sanity on this most difficult passage. We’re here to tell you, this is not a passage for the feint hearted, we saw lightning right next to the boat, waterspouts, and rain rain rain. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel, we made it to Panama on a beautiful day.

Thanks for watching! Hope you like!

-Kim & James

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One day in San Blas | Sailing Zingaro Ep26

We continue our journey to Panama, but not alone! With five guests we explore the San Blas Islands. A grounded ferry, coconuts en mass & scary storms: That’s what you are going to get with the 26th Episode of s/v Zingaro!

Fellow cruisers warned us about the storms here building up very quickly and very strong, but we were still pretty overwhelmed by the power that came out of nowhere!

We introduce you to the San Blas Islands and the people that call them home. The Kuna.

Don’t be sad about not seeing enough from the ‘San Blas Ferry’. We will come back and give you a good look at it.

With love from Berlin
-Kim

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¡Adios Cartagena! | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 25

Dancing, with tears in our eyes… ¡Adios Cartagena! We’re leaving this dirty, cheap & wonderful place. But not without cruising the streets at night one last time.

Of all the places we have been on our journey so far, Cartegena stands out. So much culture offer during the day & the night and so many young people that build up their life just the way we do in Berlin or California, withstanding the troubled past and presence of their country.

So proud and so free.

We are thinking about visiting Colombia again, on our way to Ecuador. Just to see the differences between the coasts… We’ll see…

Hope You have a great week!

Greetings from Berlin, Kim

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The thunder rolls… Lightning strikes sailboat | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 24

We get hit by lightning off the coast of Colombia. Worried that the sailboat might be hit again, the first mate sails Zingaro back to Cartagena.

We show you how bad the damage was and what survived. Looks like we are going to have a lot of work to do. At our current estimate the damage ran us just over $1700. Ouch.

Also we’re back to the usual vida broka! Sunken dink and boat-work wherever we look! We still have the portable dinghy, but by now we really are ready for a change.

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Aid project with a Colombian school | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 23

This is a very special one for us. After we visited the family farm (Ep 22) in Colombia, one of the brothers set us up a special show at a local school for inner-city kids affected by the drug cartel.

In this school a big part of the learning is art – specifically the native songs and dance to Colombia. We got to see how they make their instruments and got a great example of their talent. The costumes were all made or purchased by the students themselves or their families.

We were so touched, that we decided to pledge our video’s earnings to them! We are going to give them 100% of the proceeds of this video, plus whatever we can raise! This is going to a great place, and just this little amount will be an amazing help for these kids. It will allow them to buy new instruments and costumes, and travel to show their talents (something they REALLY wanted to do).

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Please put “School” in the description, and we’ll make sure to get it to them.

Hope you like 🙂

-James & Kim

We tour a farm in Colombia | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 22

Do you see the SIZE of that thing?! There’s something in the water in Colombia … 🙂

We get invited by a local to his family farm, so we leave the boat at anchor and take a water-taxi, car-taxi, & 4wd jeep to one of the most biodiverse places we’ve ever seen. Wow they sure do grow everything mega-sized here. Join us on our private tour of a Colombian finca.

You guys may recognize Raphael from the last couple videos, he is a business owner we met in Playa Blanca (about 4 hours south of Cartagena, Colombia). We took him on Zingaro for a week or two, and in return he invited us to his family ranch in Cordoba. What a cool place.

We think this is the best EP so far! Kim did a great job editing this.

-James & Kim

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The most populated island on earth | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 21

Join us as we discover the small, packed, island Santa Cruz del Islote (Colombia) – the most (or second-most) densely populated island on earth! We meet the local leader of the youth environmental club, meet some of the people that live here on the island, and see what there is to see on this small crazy place.

You’re in for a surprise too, Kim and Lucie made a music video at the beginning of this episode.

Let us know what you think. 🙂

-James & Kim

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The Place to be in Colombia: Tintipán! | Sailing Zingaro – Episode 20

In this Episode we find Tintipán, the most beautiful place we’ve seen on our travels so far. There’s a lagoon in this island that has one of the most dense photo-plankton occurrences in the world. Seriously it’s one of the most amazing underwater experiences. We both got naked and jumped in at night, with no moon, and it looked like we were on fire.

Unfortunately there’s no camera that will pickup this light, so it was for our eyes only (we tried). You’ll just have to trust us on the description.

We spearfish, actually Kimmi speared her first fish here in Tintipán, we sail and try to finally find a place with clear water. Haven’t had that since the Cayman Islands!

Love you guys! Hope you like!

– James & Kim

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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 😉

MUSIC 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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