Do good and throw it in the sea.
|This is what a night of no-wind looks like on our radar. |
We basically go in 'circles' clocking about 15 miles but ending in the approximate same place by morning....
It’s amazing to think that we just spent two whole weeks fixing or upgrading many things on the boat with all the parts we brought back from the US to have this happen on our first day back on water. But we made the best of it and since we came back to fix that portion of the jib, I decided to also fix the tack (forward attachment at the bottom) so that all 3 points would now be like new. We had fixed the clew (rear attachment at the bottom) in November in Bahia San Quintin, towards the beginning of this trip. On top of carrying huge pressure loads, these 3 points usually stay in the sun, continually assaulted by UV rays even when the jib is rolled up so it’s quite natural they need extra attention.
It felt a little like we were going back to the marina with our tail between our legs but as Blanca, the person checking us in at the marina said: “Better now than at night in the middle of the ocean.” Yes, better to be happening only 9 miles off shore at daylight than 25-30 miles away at nighttime. Agreed!
That night, Octopus Garden, a nice restaurant/coffee shop in town, had a special evening of entertainment to celebrate their having finished a roof over a new area of their business – an area for salsa dancing! We took that opportunity to sample good food while watching aerial silk acrobatics, belly dancing, fire dancing, and listen to flamenco music played by two Germans. It was a nice way to say goodbye to the town of La Cruz.
On our short sail where the jib’s head blew apart, we realized we needed more sun protection in the cockpit. We already have sun lotions and clothing but that in itself is not sufficient in such heat and direct sun. Mike and I designed an extension to the dodger that partially shades the cockpit to the steering pedestal (Mike likes to call it a dodger thong). Due to our extremely long low boom (older boat design), we do not have the luxury of having a bimini to protect us from the elements while sailing. We tried it out and it turns out to be very helpful at keeping us much cooler. The neat part about making this was that we were able to use up all the extra fabric I had saved from making a cover for our dinghy. Sun, rain, and heat sure make us do a lot of covering and creates a lot of additional work, especially in the desert and the tropics.
We truly enjoyed La Cruz (staying there 10 weeks speaks for itself!) but hurricane and rainy season are just beginning there, it is time to go from jungle back to desert. Just last night over three inches of rain fell in Puerto Vallarta… Glad to be out of there.
It took us 4 days to reach Mazatlán. We typically find ourselves with very good winds for about 8 hours/day and then nothing for the rest of the 24 hour period so it is slow going back up the coast of Mexico.
|Ensenada Grande, water, beach then water again|
We realized that our beautiful Déjàlà just turned 40 years old and that she is nearly always the most noticed boat in any anchorage, harbor, or marina. When we arrive in new places people approach us who have heard of Déjàlà both for its classic well kept lines, its colors, and the fact that she is all ‘electric’ (no diesel or gas engine on-board). It makes us feel proud to keep her that way even though it takes a lot of effort, time, and money.