Trevor’s Mom and step-dad, Claudia and Bill, arrived in Santiago Bay, just 140 miles south east from Puerto Vallarta, around the first of January to vacation for 2 months. So we did a small rest up in La Cruz and soon headed out to visit with them.
La Cruz to Chamela is about a 100 miles which translates into an overnight sail for Slow Flight, and us. Headed South from La Cruz, there is a point named Cabo Corrientes…which means “confused seas” and we were warned that the wind and current wraps around this point at speeds greater than what is predicted on weather sites. We were advised to go out at least 5 miles to round this point for a safe passage.
We left mid-afternoon to catch some of the wind in Banderas Bay and out and around the point. We hit about 22 knots of wind and going down wind (the wind is at our back) we were seeing GPS speeds up to 8.5 knots! To say the least….we actually sailed all but 2 hours of the 20 hours it took us to arrive at Chamela (this is a good thing).
BUT…..we had an extra crew member on board. This Brown Footed Boobie joined us on our aft deck at about 8pm. He stood there until 8am the next morning, swaying back and forth…occasionally waking up to POOP. Mr. Boo even stayed on board when Trevor and I had to change our sail patterns for the night at about 10pm…there was a lot of noise and walking around him to adjust sails and lines. He basically just stood there and watched us, then tucked his head back under his wing to sleep. I missed when he finally flew away…for the next 24 hours I would look at where he stood and expected to see him there….funny how little things get stuck in your head and heart.
A few day trips from Chamela to Tenacita, we arrived at Barra de Navidad. Entering the lagoon in Barra where the anchorage is at, Trevor and I FINALLY joined the elite club of “running aground” TWICE!!! There is a very narrow, shallow, and unmarked channel into the lagoon and after being slightly embarrassed for providing the morning’s entertainment by ping ponging down the channel, we heard that many people do this…especially when the navigator (that is me) fails to plot the provided waypoints from our cruising guide (lesson learned). No biggie, it’s a mud covered sand bottom so no damage was done.
Santiago Bay is just another 25 miles….we got a phone call from Claudia that Bill wants to join us on the sail down.
Once we arrived in Santiago Bay, it was a non-stop visit with Claudia and Bill! They had a car and drove us to all kinds of neat places and we got to share in their community and we pretty much ate our way through town.
DId I mention that we ate alot!
We took Slow Flight out for a quick fishing trip around the bay.
Road trip to Tenacatita and Cuantecomste –
Road trip to La Manzailla -I have never been fond of zoos but we had to visit the crocodile sanctuary. I have never seen these reptiles in real life….and of course not less than a foot beneath you!
Sailing trip with friends –
We love you both soooooo much and had such a great time exploring….Thank you so much for all that you do : )