The intention is to weigh anchor today from Punta de Mita and head to the Marquesas. The next series of blog updates will be done over our high frequency radio so no photos for awhile (The HF/Pactor combo gives us at best about 2 kbaud - for those that remember dialup that was at 56 kbaud).
We had intended to leave weeks ago but there just has not been a good weather window until now to get off the Mexican coast and get out to the trade winds. It does look today so we will leave once the sea breeze picks up and sail on looks like it will be a close reach in 9 to 12 kts of wind to just north of the Socorro Islands (about 325 nm) and then head towards what is our best guess of an entry point for the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) at 5N 130W.
Provisioning is done and then redone as the delays mounted. Diesel and gasoline topped up. We now sit a few inches deeper in the water.
We took the time to sort out some plumbing issues, get Tony at Morelli sails to modify our mainsail and we put in a new starter battery. Also, we had a chance to be tourists for a change and went to the zoo, did some surfing and such.
|Sailing with my Dad just before we had a humpback whale surfaces less than a boat length away.|
|Baby in a bucket|
|Johnathan and I heading out to do some surfing|
|Jump, jump, jump !|
|The continued adventures in Mexican bureaucracy|
|Benjamin and I studying an old Heavy Weather book we found in the Cruisers Lounge.|
|Oh my says Benjamin, where are we going to put all this food|
|Immunization time with the nice ladies in Bucerias|
|Victoria helping us organise the ditch bags|
|Some snoozing and reading time too.|
|Back from the Mar y Sol market|
|Monkey Business 1|
|Monkey Business 2|
|More jumping around|
|Potatoes and Carrots will advance in review order, by the center, quick march !|
|Debugging our GFCI plug - turns out this is where our new bug friends had been living.|
|Apples, form up !|
|Packaged up and ready to stow.|
|Kids sleep over at Punta de Mita|
|One of new shiny solar panels with La Cruz in the background.|
|Merle on the foredeck at sunrise in Punta de Mita|
|Surf Training for Benjamin|