Senile Sailing

The adventures of Donna and Charles aboard our new world home, Fais Do Do

18 February 2018 | Isla Mujeres
17 February 2018 | Isla Mujeres
16 February 2018 | 40 miles from Isla Mujeres
16 February 2018 | 40 miles from Isla Mujeres
15 February 2018 | Gulf of Mexico 100 miles from Isla Mujeres
14 February 2018 | Gulf of Mexico
13 February 2018 | Gulf of Mexico
12 February 2018 | Gulf of Mexico
11 February 2018 | Mississippi River
10 February 2018 | Lake Ponchartrain
09 February 2018 | 1200 Monroe St and leaving
08 January 2018 | still in New Orleans

Fame

18 February 2018 | Isla Mujeres
warm and balmy
very protracted 5 step process to get checked into Mexico, but we are famous - in the newspaper. lots of stuff to fix and clean, but at least we are here. Pina coladas in town with red snapper caught 1 hour earlier and a great salad. Isn't life great!!!

Rescue

17 February 2018 | Isla Mujeres
clear, warm, waves 2 m to starboard, wind coming north at 20 knots
kids came through - Mahira, Alizah, Becky, Debbie - Mahira got the Coast Guard gave them coordinates. They got the Mexican Navy and in a couple of hours we were under tow. They didn't speak any english and we didn't speak any spanish - hand gestures only go so far. 6 hour tow to an anchorage, boarded by the Navy and their doctor - they were lovely and no charge at all - can you believe it? was sure it would be over $1000. no fuel, fuel dock closed, just stuck where we are and a frenchman starts yelling for us to move out of his space. John, from a mega yacht came to help and asked the right question - why doesn't your engine work? we have no fuel! wait here he says and comes back with 6 gallons of diesel - what a lifesaver. Will fill up in AM and get to the El Milagro Marina Alizah found for us.

going downhill

16 February 2018 | 40 miles from Isla Mujeres
clear, warm, waves 2 m to starboard, wind coming north at 20 knots
boom vang tears away from boom. Charlie out on deck again and it is very rough. Of course we have the jack lines, super duper life vest and double lines never unhooked. He's doing amazing!! dinghy breaks loose on one side and rips - cut it away and off it goes alone into the night. Fuel gone, 40 miles from Isla Mujeres. Using satellite for emails, but not sure if they are going through. Boat very solid and sturdy, drop anchor in 124 feet to wait out the night. VHF too far away. ask a couple of ships for fuel, but no go. Use Spot to send emergency message (although it is not an SOS situation) to our contacts only. ask to notify Coast Guard to notify whoever to get us some fuel.
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