A new(to me) anchorage
16 February 2009 | Las Hadas/Manzanillo
I left Zihuatanejo on what I thought was going to be a good weather window for trying to sail most of the way. It started out OK, but quickly turned south. First of all, my oil cooler problem has reared it's ugly head and I soon lost use of the engine. The plugs I put on kept on leaking badly, so I could only use the engine to get to set the anchor. That meant sailing in directions that I didn't want to go. I would sail about 12 miles off the coast then tack back toward land so I could make some north progress...in other words, I would travel about 24 miles east and west just so I could make 5 miles north in the direction I want to go. On top of all that excessive travel I was in winds that topped 20 knots, which was not at all comfortable. I stopped at Caleta de Campos for an overnite break then headed up to Muruata for another break. Then left Muruata at 10 pm for an overniter to Manzanillo. The trip to Manzanillo was great until the last 3 hours with the wind gusting up to 22 knots and heavy seas, then a container ship wanted to run me down. I finally dropped the hook at Las Hadas next to new cruising friends that I met in Caleto de Campos. This place is on the luxurious side and I'm enjoying all the decadence it has to offer. The resorts are built on hillsides and the open air restaurants are sitting up high so the view is great. The food is pretty decent with dorado filet going for 90 pesos($7.50US). So I'm hanging out here for a few more days getting all the water out of the boat and cleaning the bottom tomorrow in freezing 75 degree water...don't you feel sorry for me? The first grade kids video conference will be a little late because I'm having so much fun that I don't want to keep that rigid of a schedule. I am actuallly getting attached to the MANANA ATTITUDE. Look for some new pics of this piece of Paradise.