This season started with a cancelled flight and a bit of a scramble at YVR trying to find another way out of Dodge. West Jet was wonderful, first retrying to get us on an Air Canada flight to Calgary and ultimately getting us on an Aero Mexico flight to México City with a connection to Mazatlán. Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it Aero Mexico does not have the same generous baggage policy as West Jet....so in order to get us and our overweight bags to Mazatlán, it was cheaper to bump us up to business rather than for us to pay the extra baggage fees. All in all it cost us and extra $420.....however we were treated like royalty, comfy big reclining seats, airport lounge privilege, a great meal, free drinks, avoided a night sitting in Calgary airport and nobody questioned the guitar which travelled with us along with two backpacks, an iPad and two computers! Fortunately my phone worked in Mexico City and I was able to notify our friend who had volunteered to pick us up at the airport in Mazatlán to let him know we would be an hour later than expected, coming on a different airline from Mexico City rather than Calgary! As it turned out the Calgary Mazatlán flight was badly delayed due to thick fog in Calgary so we arrived sooner than we would have if we had been on the original flights. To top it all off West Jet gave us each $250. West Jet dollars each for the inconvenience and paid for the extra cost incurred for baggage.
Alls well that ends well!
We arrived to warm sunshine and before long we were busily getting “Full & By” put back together ....first the v-berth and our bed...then the rest of the boat. All systems appeared to be in good working order and other than a little dust, which was easily cleaned away, “Full & By” was soon ready to go except her crew wasn't!....Dick & I came down with nasty colds and needed a few extra days of down time before heading out to sea.
Still going through boxes of Kleenex noticing we had a good weather window we decided to leave. It was a good decision. Full moon, warm tropical breeze, cloudless sky, shooting stars, whales dolphins, turtles....we had it all including two fishing pangas, two cruise ships and the Mazatlán fishing fleet....and most importantly no unexpected problems. It was a good night!
At the spur of moment early in the AM we decided to change course and head for Chacala rather than La Cruz as when it is quiet it can be a beautiful spot to anchor and play in the water. In La Cruz although it is a lovely place it is a marina so, no ocean swimming unless you head out in Banderas Bay in the boat. We had a lovely sail getting there however Chacala was a little bouncy with the southwesterly afternoon breeze. As soon as the anchor was down I was about to jump in when the people on the boat anchored beside warned us of jelly fish in the water ….I hate jelly fish. Fortunately the the southwesterly wind abated and we had a quiet night but no swimming…that's when we noticed one of our new Apple cell phones started freezing up. The next day was motor boat ride into La Cruz dodging long lines and pangas! Called Apple and arranged app’t the following morning however by then the second Iphone froze and I was unable to answer the call. Rob on “Avant” a fellow BCA (Bluewater Cruising Association) member came to our rescue and after an hour on the phone it became clear the phones were not fixable. What to do! More fellow Cruising friends stepped up and offered to pick up new phones from the Apple Store in Vancouver and bring them to us in Mexico. We were in luck …The plan worked …the frozen phones arrived in Vancouver unscathed shipped by Fed Ex from La Cruz. Being Christmas time we had some concerns re shipping as well as whether Apple would have phones in the store for replacement. Fortunately they did and early in the New Year we knew the new phones would be on their way back to us.
Christmas in La Cruz was lovely we went out in the bay for nice sail with friends Julie and Rick followed by dinner out in one of our favourite restaurants.
With winter provisioning at Costco and Mega completed it was time to head further south…...New Year's Eve we set sail for Tenacatita Bay, our favourite winter anchorage. We had vigorous upwind sail across Banderas Bay dodging dark bottomed clouds however by the time we reached Cabo Corrientes the skies cleared, the seas calmed and the wind died! Although we would have preferred sailing It was still fun watching fireworks on shore as we motored our way south down the coast.
By afternoon New Year's Day the anchor was down in clear warm water of Tenacatita Bay. Here we stayed enjoying morning SUP excursions and afternoon swims and catching up with Cruising friends not seen for a year
About ten days later we welcomed the arrival of our new iPhones thanks to Rob and Debra on “Avant” and Lana and Dale on “Adios”! After a short visit we left for the Grand Bay in Barra,
where we thought we could get enough internet coverage to get phones up and running. It took all day and was extremely slow but ultimately it worked and we were back into the land of communication & technology! Always enjoy the sunrise ....this one over the marina
We stayed in the Tenacatita Barra area until March at which time we started looking for a weather window to head back north to PV. We especially enjoyed our time there as always ….the weather was perfect …..sunny 80-85 during the day and 60-65 at night….clear warm ocean….. what more could one want.. We had a few south westerly blows however these were short lived and the marina at Barra provided good protection.
For the first time in our Mexican Cruising life I started having some minor health issues so we decided to head back to Mazatlán and ultimately left there and came home after storing “Full & By” on the hard. Here we are at the beginning of our trip form PV to Mazatlan
We experienced pea soup drippy fog for the last six hours of our trip from PV to Mazatlán…it was some of the worst fog we have ever been in and to top it all off the inverter died ….normally not a necessity, however our radar connects to our laptop, so when the laptop runs out of juice we need the inverter….no laptop …no radar.
Thankfully we have a AIS receiving capability through our radio so we were able to at least know some of the boats that were around us and ultimately communicated with a sailing vessel close by that had radar and AIS. We stuck close…within 500 feet although we never physically saw him. Luckily just as we arrived at the entrance to the marinas the fog lifted just enough to safely navigate our way around the breakwater and into the dock before the fog re enveloped us resulting in the HarborMaster closing the marina entrance. We felt very lucky to have arrived unscathed!
In BC we had a quiet summer staying relatively close to home. We have had lots of short trips by car and by sea and visiting friends and family enjoying a warm sunny albeit a little smokey at times BC summer. Mid September we have finally had our first rain after a long drought and hopefully this will spell the beginning of the end to the forest fires.
Heading down to Mazatlán November 1st by car….