Heidi (from Huck) and I met Karla downtown to go to Karla’s favorite place to have shoes made. That was a fun and new experience for both Heidi and me. After the shoe store, we had a fresh coconut on the street before wandering through town. Heidi and I headed to the malecon to have a cervesa and wait for Mike and Joe to meet us. We ate and drank at Union and laughed a lot.
I flew to San Francisco where I stayed with our friend Kim and went to the boat show. I took an old and broken sheave from our main tackle with me in hopes that I could find a replacement. I went to our friends at Garhauer first who said they could make a new one, but I didn’t have time so off to Schaefer I went (that was the make of the piece). The man in the booth cannibalized a block and gave me a replacement. It was perfect and he didn’t even charge me for it. I told him that it was old… Great customer service from both of these guys! I had a good time catching up with old friends and visiting with Heidi. I interviewed the youth from the Ac for an article for Cruising Outpost. Those guys are amazing kids!
We watched our dock neighbors and friends, Red and Huck leave for the South Pacific. Mike is doing some weather routing for them.
Mike and I had been planning on sailing out of Bandaras Bay for a month or so and kept declining to volunteer for the WesMex Regatta. Eventually we were convinced that we were needed and decided to stay a few more days to help out. It was for the kids…
Sunday night we went to one last dinner with Mark and Debbie from Younger Girl before they headed to the USA del Norte. We really enjoyed getting to know them better and spending time with them. It is always hard to say good bye to friends but that is the way cruising life is and we always hope to catch up again in the future.
The regatta ended on Sunday, Monday I provisioned and did laundry while Mike changed the oil. David delivered diesel and Tuesday morning we were out of the slip. It was such a good feeling to be going sailing. I did a happy dance on the bow as we left the harbor. Dolphins and a pair of whales performed for us as we left. We headed to La Cruz fuel dock for dinghy gas then out of the bay. There were lots of bait fish so we put out fishing lines but caught nothing. We saw huge schools of rays swimming by the boat as we rounded Punta de Mita and some sea turtles along the coast. We had a difficult time deciding to go north or south and eventually decided to go north. There are bays between Mazatlan and PV that we have not visited and it seemed to be now or never so we took a right turn and headed north. We never saw more than wind gusts to about 7kts so we motored with the main up. It was nice to go along the coast and check out all the pretty spots.
We anchored in Bahia Jaltemba (pronounced yaltemba) in the lee of Isla La Pena which is the larger of two small islands in the bay. We had a swim and cooked dinner on the grill. During the night we were quite surprised at how cool the air was… a huge difference from our slip in PV and a nice one at that.
In the morning we took a dinghy excursion circumnavigating both islands before returning to Mermaid for lunch and a swim. We had chicken from the grill, chayotes (a kind of squash that is popular in Mexico) and a mango avocado salad that was amazing… I guess I will need to load that recipe on the blog… We discovered that PeeWee loves chayotes. Who knew?
We moved to the other side of the bay near the town in the evening and enjoyed sitting on the swim step with our feet in the water and a cold sundowner in our hands watching the world go by. During the night the breeze died and we ended up sideways to the swell. Eventually I got out of bed and turned the wheel so we were not totally sideways to the waves which helped a little. Note to self… put out a stern anchor tomorrow.