Archive for December, 2014

Sail fest

This is the weekend of lots of sailing activities here in Banderas Bay.  The cruiser fleet has races today off of La Cruz then tomorrow they race down to Punta de Mita with a party on the beach there.  Tuesday they return up the bay with the Pirates for People race back to this end of the bay.  Funds raised are used to purchase school supplies for students at the lower income schools in the Puerto Vallarta area.

The kick-off of the long weekend was a party put on by Latitude 38, the marina and the State’s office of tourism here.  It was a very nice  welcome to the new cruisers and a thank you to all for the benefits that they provide to the town.  This party was at the beach palapa with a very good one-man band providing the music.  There was a fire juggler and some children let off hot air balloons with a small fire inside to light them and raise them up.

Progress

The boat is coming along.  It took a few days but but all the oil leaks in the main engine seem to be all stopped.  Of course it is a Westerbeke so it still weeps a bit of oil.  On Sunday morning Bill got the dinghy into the water and after making sure that the fuel did not contain water, the outboard started with the third pull.  We took her for a short dinghy ride.  Later in the afternoon we went to the beach for a late-lunch-early-dinner to celebrate.

Yesterday we got the new mizzen halyard reeved and the proper shackle attached… it did take two tries to get it right but it still was much easier than the last one we did.   Next project is to use that halyard to take Doreen to the top of the mizzen to remove the unused wifi antenna.  All the rest of the equipment to make that antenna useful is back in the states.

We continue to go out to dinner almost every evening and have settled on four favorite restaurants here in La Cruz.  We do hit the beach about once a week for an afternoon meal and Doreen takes the opportunity for a nice ocean swim. The tiny pool here at the marina sees us most late afternoons for a bit of exercise time and we do do our morning sunrise walks along the marina breakwater.  The weather continues to be pleasant with warm days and not so warm nights, but never really cold.