Category Archives: Mexico

Voyage stats: Months FOUR thru EIGHT + Ep. 8 VIDEO

June 2015 We most certainly were not veterans, but after four months of sailing and nearly three thousand nautical miles, we had certainly begun to rub the velvet from our cruising antlers. During months four thru eight of our first season, we cruised from the heart of Mexico to the northern fringe of Costa Rica. […]
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Mexico and beyond: 5 borders in 5 days

February 2015 We arrived at Chiapas at 10 o’clock, tired, and beneath a heavy cloak of darkness. We had anticipated an earlier arrival, when the moderate afternoon winds we’d craved throughout our T-Pec crossing had at last arrived and then abruptly dissipated. We held out hope of sailing further until we could no longer bear […]
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Long-jumping from Manzanillo to Chiapas + Ep. 4 VIDEO

Check out our first video after you read this story…or watch it now if you simply can’t wait! February 2015 The number of days until our friends were to fly from the US to meet us in Costa Rica were dwindling. When we weighed anchor in Las Hadas, we were still trying to prepare ourselves […]
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Voyage stats: Our first FOUR months

One hundred twenty-four days ago, we waved goodbye to our family and friends in Seattle and sailed into a September sunset beneath the Olympic Mountains. In 124 days (September 30 – January 31), we traveled from Seattle, Washington, USA to Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico. I figured this would be a perfect time to crunch some numbers […]
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Sailing into a fairytale: Las Hadas Resort & Marina

January/February 2015 We weighed anchor at 2:30 am and when dawn came, we watched the sunrise together. And it was spectacular. The fusion of tropical oranges and juicy reds was breathtaking, leaving no question as to how the popular cocktail tequila sunrise had acquired its name. Light-air sailing and long-line nailing The day’s conditions were […]
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Whales, sails, and getting back on the horse

January 2015 Our time in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle had lasted weeks longer than we’d anticipated as we worked to tackle a number of repairs, and as much as we liked the charming little town, we both had very, very itchy feet. A whale tail goodbye Hauling up our anchor and setting forth on a […]
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GUESTBOOK: Reflections from Gail

December 2014/January 2015 Neil’s mom, Gail, joined us for 10 wonderful days between Christmas and early days of the new year. She sailed 200 miles with us down the coast of Mexico between Mazatlán and Banderas Bay. She sailed the longest distance of anyone yet, and she was our first guest to sail an overnight […]
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gastronoSEA: La Ballena Blanca, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico

January 2015 GASTRONOMY: The art or activity of cooking and eating fine food; the art or science of good eating. gastronoSEA: The art of eating well while cruising and of exploring the world’s eateries by sailboat. La Ballena Blanca For nearly two weeks, Neil and I walked passed the corner of Langosta and Tiburón almost […]
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Life in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

January 2015 Loving La Cruz La Cruz has a large and well-established cruising community. The area is lush and beautiful, complete with many merits that sailors find enticing: beautiful scenery and consistent afternoon winds for sailing, islands nearby for snorkeling and diving, good food, and a kind local community. It also boasts a remarkable music […]
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Bitching and boating in Banderas Bay

January 2015 It’s dawn on the 15th of January. I’m wrapped in a blanket savoring the few moments of the day when the thermometer drops below 80 degrees. Thousands of silver fish with neon yellow fins dart behind the aft of The Red Thread. It’s the magical witching hour when the seas seem especially alive, […]
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