The Geo-Geo

(your friendly geographic Geornal)

 

PRESENTS

We woke up at 5:10 AM and had something warm to drink. We turned the navigational lights on and we motored across Banderas Bay.  I was on night watch.  The crescent moon lit the way.  We encountered 2 Pangas that were barely lit.  With one of them having a faint blue LED light on.

The fisherman seem to have been asleep.  We also saw some anchored sailboats without lights on.  Dangerous people!

It was a beautiful si...

We woke up in a strange position from our bow and stern anchors.  The currents or the winds must have shifted, and we could not align our boat properly to retrieve any of the anchors.

We decided to release the stern anchor first.  We tied the line to a fender to mark it.   But just as we were working on the bow anchor, the windlass clutch stopped engaging!  Paul got his boat’s Manual and we realized that most of the text were in Fren...

WE WOKE UP TO POURING RAIN. U G H.

We decided to study some more and challenge the exams on this day.   The exam was not very long but I tend to overthink things so I did not score 100%, and Endre scored higher (!)  I have been practicing my knots though to compensate. Hehe.

But yes, we both made it. Hooray! “Yo no soy Marinero, soy Capitan, Bamba, Bamba”

For lunch, Paul made some burritos. These were best enjoyed on the rail...

We woke up in a light mist in Chacala.  Endre and I wanted to see San Blas, another village about 30 more miles north because from there we could rent a “Panga” (local fishing boat) to take us to the Isla Isabel, a marvel island full of birds.

But the wind conditions which were affected by a developing Low Pressure Area in the mountains north east, made the sail north too risky.  And the waves will not make it easy.  Isla Isabel seem...

We woke up to calmer waters in Punta Raza. The southerly wind seemed much lighter and more consistent than the day before.  It can only mean one thing for our journey north to Chacala: FLYING.

Getting the boat ready, Paul declared that it was time.  Calm seas and steady light winds makes hoisting someone ideal.  And the person to be hoisted is me. Of course.

I thought it would be a great opportunity to see the rigging up close....

We have planned to sail to Chacala but the southerly winds forecasted to blow hard from 3-9PM (local time) made us seek refuge at Punta Raza.   On the way, we saw more whales breaching closer to the shore! I even saw a full body breach once!  These mammals are HUGE.  Even if I saw them from hundreds of meters away I feel their mass and inertia!  I was hoping we could sail closer to the whales, but I remembered that wild animals must...

Endre Balogh and I are extremely and forever grateful to Paul “Pablo” Martson and J/ World Performance Sailing School for the invaluable training, mentoring, and fun we had at Puerto Vallarta.

We could not imagine a better coach than Paul who has been most patient, most calm, most thorough, and most amusing sailor we have yet spend 7 days and 6 nights, dinners, lunches, and breakfasts with.

Muchas Gracias, Pablo!  Muchas Gracias, Wayn...

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