Here we are in beautiful Chacala, Mexico, 40 miles north of La Cruz,
having just spent two weeks in Banderas Bay for the regatta, now
moseying up the west coast of mainland Mexico with Marielle, my crew
since I left La Paz in February.
Those are hot chili peppers!
Marielle's last skipper described her
as "fun and good help." She has proven to be far more than that. While
I would certainly say that she is indeed "good help," she is also a hell of a
sailor, understanding sail trim to a "T." Due to her general
mechanical and electrical skills, etc., I have dubbed her "Chief." Best of all, she doesn't use too
much water, a quality only a boater would appreciate. No need for a
water maker with this gal. She stands a good night watch and is
dependable as ever she could be.
Aries self-steering wind vane
Kim scrubbing the bottom
The boat's doing fine, in tiptop shape. We've been able to
smooth out the operation of many systems on the boat, including the wind
vane, autopilot, spinnaker, reaching pole, weatherfax and a starting
relay for the Yanmar.
Barra de Navidad Marina
We are in Chacala now. We started in La Paz in February, came down the
east coast of Baja and spent three days in Los Frailes, waiting for a
weather window. We crossed over to Cabo Corrientes and worked our way
south with stops in Chemala, Tenacatita and La Manzanilla. We decided
to stay a few days in Barra de Navidad, where we fueled the boat and
spent a couple of nights in the marina. Since it's late in the season,
with northers on the way, we chose to make Barra our turn-around spot
and began working our way north. And here we are in Chacala. Next
destination is Isla Isabel, a rookery for blue-footed boobies and
frigate birds. ETD mañana.