Cruising 101

In case you missed what happened previously with SV Dharma Girl’s travels, click here.

After we spent many weeks in Tenacatita, we head back an hour south. On a relatively short morning trip to Barra de Navidad, we anchor in the tranquil Barra lagoon. We tidy up Dharma Girl and go to shore to wait for our guests to land at the nearby airport in Manzanillo and taxi the 30-45 minute ride to Barra.

It is a hot day and while we waited, we cool off with the local favorite Michelada. What is a Michelada you may ask? Well, it is ~1/8 – 1/4 cup lime juice, ice, salted rim, and lager. It’s light, refreshing, and does the job to cool you off.

Feb 12th- March 30th – 8790 nm

Are you ready for the cruising experience?

With their broken, ‘learn-by-the-mile’ Spanish, Katie and Scott pull up to the meeting spot in their taxi. After hugs and emotions of “OMG we are here in Mexico …!”, we headed to a nearby tourist restaurant. Not long after sitting down at our table, Scott encounters another Mexican experience on this trip. He is serenaded [aka flirting] by a local entertainer. It was on, and the singer was a little relentless. We nicknamed him “Senor Pantalones” because of his form-fitting outfit. But Scott just smiled until the singer gave up. Funny as heck for us to observe. So back to the boat we go and sketch a plan of what their next 10 days.

The following shares most of our activities. I only wish we took photos of the night passage.

A must for all visitors. Swinging from a halyard from the bow pulpit and letting go in time. Success.

Katie and Scott experienced full-on what our days are filled with. From taking a full day to provision for four for 10 days. Traveling by dinghy, resting, walking the towns, swimming, eating well, playing, meeting new folks, snorkeling, sharing the daily care for Dharma Girl, and even experiencing an evening passage that included a watch schedule. Under the Dharma Girl Crew’s criteria, they are Cruising 101 certified. 🙂

We bid farewell, actually see ya this summer, to our easy-going and inquisitive friends.
Again, thanks for sharing our current lifestyle with you.

Feb 25th Back to Tenacatitia- 8802 nm

Moon and Clouds. Looks like a bird. What do you think it looks like?

Now we begin our travels north. First stop, return to the summer adult camp, properly known as the Tenacatita anchorage. Our arrival is timely because we can attend the last Mayor’s raft-up for the season. We also return to the waters for the daily swim to shore, walk the beach for 3 miles, and hang out in the Palapa with a game or beer. Sometimes both. And why not. Then more big good-bye hugs to some amazing cruizers as we leave tomorrow.

Photos above: southwest side of the Tenacatita anchorage; half of the 13 boats that left, most are ahead of us; the Tenacatita campground and palapa; large resort well used by the locals; cruising buddies SV Maraki.

The day we left Tenacatita, there were over 40 boats anchored in the anchorage. That morning heading northbound, 13 boats left as well. The ideal weather forecast was southerlies, and that is what we had. Sailing northbound is such a delight. It was a day sail and a good one at that. We drop the hook in Perula for the night. Our next move is an overnighter going around Cabo Corrientes and onto the La Cruz anchorage. Cabo Corrientes means cape currents. This cape has many, so when the weather and conditions line up, you go and go now, or wait for the next window. That time of year could be another 4-to 7 days.

March 6th – 8929 nm Move to La Cruz Marina

After a few days in the La Cruz Anchorage, we moved Dharma Girl to the marina to have access to mechanics, divers to clean the bottom of the boat and shore power for our tools. Oh, and shore power to run the A/C. Naturally. Our time was spent fully preparing our girl for the seller’s boat survey and then addressing any findings from the survey, and final fluffing to put her on the market. We were working hard but thankfully our friends ping us often for fun activities to partake in. Dinners and beach fires were a grand respite.

Above: Dinner at Falconi’s with the crew of SV SnowAway and SV Opa; La Cruz weekly Sunday Market; Yes, that is half a boat used as a bar in Ballina Blanca, Friday night horse dances and ropes; a favorite of ours, whole chicken dinner with sides and fresh tortillas; fun corner signage; sunrise in the marina.

Below: Buying our meat at the Carniceria, aka the butcher; then fresh tortillas as the Tortilleria; we continue walking in town to Tienda, or the market, for fruits and veggies; then to the Pescaderia, fish market, to buy fish and shrimp caught that morning.

We were as ready as we could be for our seller’s boat inspection. Marga, the surveyor, is through; covering every inch of Dharma Girl. Nothing was missed and our report was ready two days after her inspection. We hook up again with the crews from SV Oh Joy II and SV Rocinante. Joy and Harry introduced us to a quaint yet delicious street taco stand. Then they all introduced Carrie to her first ever in her life — a churro. Freshly made right before you, hot cinnamon and sugar cover deliciousness. We are glad we didn’t see this stand again during the remaining of our stay. [wink wink]

24March – The Last Crossing – with 8952 nm under our belt.

Well, the chores are completed, Dharma Girl’s survey is done, we visited and visited with cruising friends, and soaked up as much as we could of La Cruz. Dharma Girl has been on the market since February and we have five potential boat buyers meeting us in April in La Paz. The time has come to complete our last crossing of the Sea of Cortez. We are up at the crack of dawn, the marina is very quiet, and we back out of our slip, from La Cruz for the last time. We have been reflecting on the many ‘last times’ these past months. Gratitude; comes down to gratitude.

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