|There are many of these big beautiful trees in La Cruz|
I stayed in La Cruz until my new crew showed up. My mom arrived on Jan 17th just in time for my birthday! We had a fun night out with live music, sushi and good friends.
The next day we pulled up anchor and headed south, following in the tracks of Searover II. If you have ever read their blog then you might get a sense that this is not the best idea! Somehow when there is going to be a change from the nice weather predicted, it happens when they are at sea........and it was a nice 10 to 15 knots of wind predicted, which should have given us a nice downwind ride for the 100 nm overnight passage to Chamela. Alas it was not to be. Moms first ever overnight passage started out with some lovely sailing and we did continue with a downwind ride, however as the night progressed so did the wind speed. The sails got smaller, the seas got lumpier, the night got darker. Not a great introduction to sailing and not exactly what mom was hoping for when she got on Kialoa! Luckily she was lying down below when I had a near miss with Searover II at midnight and did not see just how near it was....I say we followed in Searovers tracks but really we left La Cruz at the same time, and due to different courses and the fact that they tried to sail in the light air early in the day they were not leaving us behind yet, anyway eight hours into the trip we crossed paths, very closely. The worst part is it was totally my fault we got so close, Searover was the stand on vessel, and I knew where he was but just did not get how close it was going to end up, lucky for me Gary is a quick thinker and was able to change course and we avoided a collision. What are the odds in that great big sea that we would end up in the same part of it........anyway it happened and I am certain that I will very carefully make sure I am never in that situation again!
|Mom at the helm|
|Bahia Chamela, Gary and his cousin Karen|
on our very own beach, lucky us!
Alls well that ends well, so after a long lumpy but pretty fast sailing night we arrived at Bahia Chamela and anchored behind Searover, they did leave us behind after the near miss as they are generally a much faster boat.
We spent a few days hanging out on the beach, snorkeling and playing games. With a south wind predicted and no protection there it was time to go. Once again we left at the same time as Searover II and what do you know, that south wind came in earlier and stronger than predicted so it was a rather brutal upwind slog to the next anchorage that was luckily only nine miles away. Nine very long miles for Kialoa. Mom was starting to wonder what the heck she was doing here, this sailing thing was not very fun so far! The anchorage at Paraiso was pretty tight and we were the third boat to arrive, I don't think that it would have fit many more. It also provided no protection from that south swell although when you looked at it on the charts it really looked like it would. However it was a dramatically beautiful spot with amazing rock formations, crashing waves, blowholes and two small beaches. We ended up enjoying our stay there in spite of the closeness of those rocks and crashing waves. Mom and I stayed for two nights, one more night than Searover II, and we had a lovely downwind sail in 10 knots of wind to catch up with them at Tenacatita. But remember that cotter pin that fell on the deck in San Evaristo, 400 some odd nautical miles ago. I finally found where it came from! As I was raising the main sail in preparation for leaving Paraiso I noticed that the large pin holding the boom to the mast was halfway out! Yikes! Luckily it was easy to get back into position and now has a new cotter pin to hold it there!
|Here is the pin sticking out, the bottom part of the fitting had|
been loose and was making a weird clunking sound that I
had been trying to track down. Thank goodness we didn't lose
|The anchorage at Paraiso, the dramatic rocks and waves|
did not photograph well but sunrise did. :)
|A huge raft up potluck at Tenacatita|
|Mom kayaking in the mangroves at Tenacatita|
|We got to be a part of a leatherback turtle release in Tenacatita|
they are just way too cute!
|Just one of the beautiful beaches in the area|
|During our stay in Tenacatita we went to La Manzanilla, a nearby town, for|
an Art Walk. This boy band was playing terrible music on their homemade
instruments. The horns are hoses and plastic water bottles. I give them big
points for effort!