Entering BelizePatty/scattered clouds & breezy
04/20/2010, San Pedro, Ambergris Cay
After a few tense days in Bahia Espiritu Santo and Bahia de la Resureccion, we finally anchored in Xcalak, the southernmost point of entry/exit in the Mexican Caribbean. Check out was painless and inexpensive. I sweated entry to Belize, from all the stuff I'd read in Raucher's guide and heard from other cruisers. But we didn't need a half of the documents called for, only spent about $35 US to clear in!!!! Only one official came aboard and did a cursory peek into some of the lockers. A lot of the soundings and waypoints are off (grounded 2x where we should have had good clearance.) Will spend a few days here, then move further south. Our prime objective is to get to La Ceiba, Honduras, before 12 May.
Puerto MorelosPatty/scattered clouds
04/10/2010, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Whew! We pulled anchor in Isla Mujeres about 06:30 MDST, only to smell something not right coming from the engine compartment/galley. Circled once around the anchorage (our "parade lap"), then could not find the source or any further offensive burning odor. We motored out of Isla Mujeres and south toward the tip of Cancun. At 09:30 we caught a pretty good sized barracuda, but nothing else was biting. The wind was fantastic, the current no problem and the seas were less than 2 meters.
Made it to MexicoPatty/Breezy and cool
02/17/2010, Isla Mujeres
We left the security, warmth and comfort of Lagoon Marina, La Ceiba Honduras, on Saturday (13 February 2010). The mouth of La Ceiba harbor was a toughie - breaking waves and strong current through a relatively small channel. But our fearless captain and crew had faith, and we finally were clear of the jetties.
02/06/2010, La Ceiba, Honduras
We finally delivered our dear friend's boat to his daughter, here in La Ceiba, Honduras. It has been a long ordeal for all involved. I'd like to personally thank those who have helped me with all the legal issues (you know who you are, my angels here on earth!), and those who have been continually offering encouragement and words of support. I feel like I could sleep for a week!
Back in the Bay IslandsPatty/Clear
12/24/2009, Roatan, Honduras
We departed Livingston, Guatemala, on December 17, 2009, exactly one year after casting off our lines from Titusville Municipal Marina, Florida. Another successful crossing of the dreaded "bar" (without incident!!!!), and anchored 10 miles out behind Cabos Tres Puntas. The weather blew up and we spent a very rough night corking at anchor. The old windlass gasped and died, Gary could not pull the chain. Next morning, Gary and our passenger, Phil, got the anchor up and we motored to Hospital Bight, which offered protection from the surge. Spent the night there, along with another sailboat, and took off for the Bay Islands the next day.
Tribute to our VikingPatty/tear-streaked
12/13/2009, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Rune Torkildsen, February 16, 1957 - December 11 (?) 2009, originally from Norway was our next door neighbor at RAM Marina for 2 months, and our very dear friend and companion. We spent many hours together, and he and Gary were almost inseparable. Rune was our catalyst; we got off our duffs and explored the Rio, Lago Izabal and El Golfete because of him. He introduced us to some wonderful local families, and became part of our family.
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