Anchoring Out at La Cruz
11 March 2011 | Banderas Bay
Having left the harbor for safer deep water during the tsunami, we now find it impossible to return to the marinas. The entrances to all three marinas in the Puerto Vallarta area are closed due to dangerous conditions even now, after 6 PM. We have heard that the channel leading to our marina is now a brownish river with breaking waves. The Mexican Navy has blocked entrances to all the marinas. So we are heading to the anchorage of Laz Cruz where we'll spend the night. It's no problem, we'll be safe at anchor and we have everything we need on board.
Francois is on another boat, Evergreen, for the duration of the Banderas Bay regatta (through Saturday). We saw Francois sailing on the bay today and waved at each other. Evergreen undoubtedly will be at anchor this evening as well since they are unable to enter their marina as well.
This unexpected day on the water is actually a good thing for us, as it gives us a chance to test our systems (engine, watermaker, solar and wind power, the new battery bank, anchor windlass, etc.) prior to setting sail for Polynesia.