Passage to Ensenada

Our next leg was a little longer than we had been used to, just under 1000 NM to Ensenada. This is where we would clear out of Mexico as it is just on the border and then have an trip to Los Angeles.

We had an easy crossing of the Golfo de California but as we went north the wind built and, much to our surprise, the temperature dropped rapidly. Down to 22*C from 35*c, blankets on the bed at night! Still shorts and t-shirts though.

The waves got short and nasty so we slowed down and at night we hove to as it got bumpy. In the end we pulled into load a bit of fuel and have a break. San Quinten is a lovely bay full of seals. One of the locals came out with some extra fuel and we all got bitten to death by the local mossies.

The Bay

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Bunkering crew

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All ready to go but the main engine wouldn’t start, wouldn’t even turn over as the starter motor solenoid was duff.

Slow steamed to Ensenada on the wing engine.

Islands off Ensenada

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Not the best trip we have had and we were all pleased to arrive.

 

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

The marina is in the town above. A tourist destination  but in the quiet season.

Lois took this walking up the road for dinner. What do you think? Pair of shoes and matching handbag?

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The beach, beautiful but quiet.

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A Frigate Bird at rest, I didn’t know they had legs!

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Local art.

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The centre of town, we went for dinner at a place to the left. They told us the cross is made of local wood.

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The local church.

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And the local buildings.

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Passage to Bahia de Banderas

We left Chahue with Christopher & Toni standing on the wharf ready to fly back to Glasgow. Down to three crew, a big change from the 7 we used to have.

Three day cruise in front of us but the weather was great the whole way.

Passing Acapulco, thought about stopping but the violence put us off.

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Approaching Bahia de Banderas, beautiful beaches.

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A local fishing boat with a watchful Frigate Bird on the lookout.

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Every buoy in the marina channel had its own guard

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Puerto Chahue

As Christopher and Toni had flights booked we had to keep moving so we had another pleasant overnight passage to Puerto Chahue. Flat calm again.

Interesting entrance, plenty of water.

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The area is a holiday one, plenty of hotels, wide streets and a nice marina. We went ashore for dinner and had a pleasant meal. Christopher and I had a mixed Mexican platter. It was very nice but one of the dishes seemed to have a lot of legs. Not surprising when we found out it was locusts.

Celebrating heading home after 4005 miles on Kapowai Christopher stings Dad for an expensive cocktail that took two to make and almost set fire to Toni.

The blue liquid is lit and poured over the top, you then drink the whole thing quickly.

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Puerto Chiapis

After some discussion we decided to by-pass Guatemala, partly time and partly reports that it is expensive to clear in.

We had a nice cruise up the coast, flat calm again.

Volcano San Pedro said hello as we passed.

IMG_2075 (1)Our first destination in Mexico was Puerto Chiapas, just across the border from Guatemala.

The marina was lovely and teeming with wildlife. Unfortunately it took ages to clear in, started at 1000 one day and finished at 1400 the next. But we had a nice meal at the marina that night.

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Local fishermen in the channel.

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The big fleet not looking so healthy, didn’t find out why.

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The Bar – Outward

Unfortunately we were ready to leave but the bar was too rough to cross safely. The Pilot was talking about a week but luckily after three days it looked better so off we went.

Approaching the bar

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The pilot boat lost in a wave behind us

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Another look

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From the pilot boat:

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We left the pilot boat behind as the wave size increased, after that it was watch and wait for a gap

Up

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and over

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Running free down the back of a wave

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Fun again but they were steep in the shallow water.

San Salvador

We took a ride up to San Salvador for the day. An interesting ride across the alluvial plain and then into the Mountains. Still warm by our standards but a little cooler at altitude.

Our driver dropped us off at the cathedral and centre of the old town.

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The police and military were there in astounding numbers

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Government buildings

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Statues

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Market Streets nearby

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Local Lady

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from there we went to a market for local artists

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This man had us interested, we were not sure if he was selling tape on tape measures and we never saw a sale so were no wiser

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From there it was Walmart for groceries and then to the craft brewery ‘Cadejo’

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Well guarded

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Warning sign: no arms, no drugs and only, ONLY, 4 pints!! What cruel joke is this?

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The brewer showed us round the plant, lots of stainless steel. Their red ale was very nice.

After that we headed back, crossing the plain we see an afternoon storm coming

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By the time we got back there were trees down, no telephone or internet but Kapowai was safe.