We had a rip roaring passage to Puerto Valero (an anchorage enroute to Cartagena) but it wasn’t without its dramas! On the approach to where Rio Magdalena runs into the sea at Barranquilla, there is an astonishing visible dividing line of muddy river water and bright blue sea. The wind was up and we were shortening sail prior to doing our ‘photo shoot’ when there was a Big Bang! Our precious spinnaker pole – complete with bracket – separated from the mast and was swinging around wildly on the foredeck. Photos went out of the window as we leapt into action in seas that were bouncing all over the place – a very exciting little time but there were no injuries to crew or boat so all was well. All we have to do now is find someone to fix our bracket before we set off again.