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The Ave Maria is a 50ft off-shore ketch, that sleeps up to 9 passengers and 2 crew. There are a number of berths suitable for couples. The Ave Maria is maintained in clean, safe and seaworthy order. Its most endearing feature is the relatively spacious wooden deck that makes finding a patch of sun to yourself easy.

Paul is an Australian Capitan with over 30 years sailing experience. He has been sailing between Colombia and Panama via a few of his favourite island anchorages for over 4 years. He knows the route and weather patterns well, and makes his decisions based on what is going to be the most comfortable for his passengers.

Paul is a laid back and unassuming by nature. He has a background in hospitality and makes a casual affable host. The Ave Maria is his home, not just a business boat so the vibe on board reflects his nature.

The Sailing Trip

The Ave Maria offers a 5 day/5 night sail between Colombia and Panama, which includes 3 days cruising the San Blas islands and a 36 hour ocean crossing.

While in the San Blas islands the days are spent with short motor sails between island anchorages, swimming, fishing, snorkelling (gear provided), visiting the Kuna Yala people, exploring deserted islands, having bonfires on the beach and living the caribbean dream without too much to worry about.

The crossing is a 36 hour sail, with no land in site. The journey is done non-stop and everyone takes their turn at the wheel, though the captain is always close by. On the Panama side the trip will start (or end) at Porvenir or Portobelo and in Colombia from the Cartagena Yacht club.

The Ave Maria offers this trip year round and at a price of $550 per person. Cash payment in US$ is preferred, alternately paypal can be used. All meals are included and are generally fresh healthy affairs. Most dietary requirements can be catered for just let them know in advance.

To Prepare

Pack a small day bag with the items you will use on the boat and the rest of your luggage should be placed in plastic bags inside your main backpack which will be stowed out of the way.

Meals are included, but bring your own snacks, towel, seasickness tablets, alcoholic drinks and mixers.

To avoid seasickness don't be hungover on the day your set sail and if you plan on taking tablets start taking them 24hrs before you board for maximum effectiveness.

Take note

When you land in Cartagena it can take up to 24 hours for your passports to be stamped by immigration, so plan accordingly.

At the Panama end, leaving/arriving at Portobelo adds another 16 hours open ocean sailing but means you can catch a regular chicken bus to Panama City. The alternative, Porvenir, will give you that extra 16 hours enjoying the Islands, but the only transport out is a 4x4 taxi costing around $45 per person.

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