Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Nov 24 to Dec 7th 2009

Nov 24
We left the picturesque, rolly, anchorage of Chacala Bay, with our buddy boat Murray Gray who recommended that we spend the night at Punta Mita which is at the north end of Bandreas Bay. It was an another rolly night. Pulled anchor first thing in the morning and sailed over to the La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and anchored twice before we were happy. Upon listening to the net we found out that we could attend a BBQ that evening for only $65.00 peso = about $5.75 Canadian. This included a main course, salad veggies and 1 beverage. We were there. Plus we needed this break after hauling our laundry about 1 mile from the anchorage only to find out there was a one only about 3 blocks away. We also did American Thanksgiving at a gringo run shop called Filo's here we were entertained by all the expats that did not make it professionally up north but were pretty darn good down here.

Nov 28

We headed over to Puerto Vallarta and tied up in the Marina. Here we have restocked the boat, gave it a good wash and went and looked at the Crocodiles in the harbour. All the locals along the harbour kept telling us no the croc does not come out of the water. Well they were wrong out one popped right where we would have been walking. It caused quite a stir with the locals and all of us waiting out the rain storm. Of course none of us had a camera with us that night.

Dec 1

Up anchor at 6:00am and off to round Cabo Corrientes, the plan is to round it before mid day as the chop and wind can get a little rough. The highest winds we saw were about 20 knots and seas were around 4 to 6 feet nothing like what we did up north. We pulled into
Punta Ipala, around 2:00 pm. Note where the chart plotter says we anchored, good think we have radar and 2 sets of eyes to confirm our travels.

It appears to be a village of about 20 homes. The next morning we took the dinghies to shore and visited the school. We did not realize they had two schools for such a small area. We dropped off some crayons, chalk and a few hats to use as prizes. There had to have been 15 children in the older school and about 12 in the younger one.

Dec 3

This last leg was a 10hour run of motor sailing just enough wind to keep the sails full but not enough to turn off the motor. We arrived at Bahia Chamela around 4:00. In the entrance we were met by spotted dolphins and a whale's tale. Once inside and the anchor was set, we jumped into the water, well Lynn hung off the ladder and I swam close by the boat. To our pleasure we had dolphins swim close by also.

Unfortunately we never got to shore as strong South Westerly swells and winds were blowing into the bay. After three nights of no sleep even with a stern anchor out we headed south once again.

Dec 7
We are now about 2 weeks early heading down the coast then we planned. We are hopping that the next anchorage will be calm with very little swell. Even Lynn is complaining about the lack of sleep from the rocking, rolling and slamming of the boat.
Yes our prays have been answered. The anchorage at Bahia Tenacatita is almost calm. Both crew on Dolphin Tales have had a nice peaceful sleep for the 1st time in awhile.

Made a surf landing on the beach and managed to keep the dingy upright, however we need to make sure we have a bailer or pump next time to bail the dingy. We will be here for a few days and tour around.

We have been having some computer issues with our winlink so if you do not here from us do not panic. However we did manage to hear and get a message to John and Pam on the SV Passages in Equador this am on the SSB so the radio is working great

Once we have internet again we will fill in with some pictures.