You need to travel and seek adventure
Colombia is a very grand and beautiful country populated by people who have suffered in the past but who have a great future. The primary purpose of the series of articles under “Adventure Sailing” is to initiate an awakening in the people of Colombia to the opportunities of sport on the seas of the world but, specifically, in and around Cartagena des Indias, in the first instance. The secondary purpose of this article is to awaken an interest, within countries outside of Colombia, in the potential of setting up international sailing events in the Caribbean ports of Colombia and specifically Cartagena des Indias.
Don’t stop me
The following video was taken aboard a well known Tall Ship on which people who wish to experience life at sea can sail in. Clearly, they were enjoying their adventure
Experience and adventure
This article is written by an Englishman and, as a young person growing up in England, the sea is never very far away due to England being a country on a relatively small island. On the other hand, Colombia is on a continent and has coasts interfacing with the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. However, these coasts are, in general, far away from the individual people living in Colombia. Accordingly, there are not many people, in Colombia, who have had experience at sea or understand what experiences and adventures are available at sea.
In the last hundred years remarkable advances have taken place across the world. These advances have generally centred on Europe or North America and then had a ripple effect across the rest of the world. Up to the late 1950’s there were still ships powered by the wind only, that carried products from one country to another. These remaining sailing ships could not economically compete with steam or diesel powered ships and accordingly their owners began to replace them with modern technologies of transportation.
However, many nations maintain sailing ships in this machine age because they believe there is no better way to build character in young men and women than sail training. It encourages initiative, steadfastness, leadership and personal courage. The records of the brotherhood of the sea sparkle with innumerable examples of the value of such training. The prestige of having served aboard a windjammer is no small matter.
It may not be widely know, in Colombia, but Colombia is a nation that has it’s own sail training ship. It is the ARC Gloria. The ARC Gloria’s home port is Cartagena des Indias. However, the ARC Gloria time is spent generally accompanying other tall ships visiting ports across the World (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tall_ship)
For impartial information
McEwen and Howard (M&H) has been seeking to initiate the Tall Ships Fleet making a visit to Cartagena, a major tourist destination in Colombia. To date, M&H has been successful in connecting the Colombian ProExport organisation with the Chairman of “Sail Training International”. The organisation “Sail Training International” is based in the United Kingdom and is the main facilitating and coordinating organisation of the Tall Ships fleet which comprises of the Tall Ships of many countries.
I hope that in reading this article you maybe stirred to action and travel the world.