Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras - A Rude Anchorage Awakening!
15 April 2009 | kikuyu in the Middle at Anchor in East Harbor
After spending 2 glorious days in Lake Yojoa, we drove to La Ceiba to get Kikuyu ready for the trip to Belize, stopping in Utila to tour the island, clear out of the country of Honduras and stage our trip to Belize.
We sailed to Utila on Wednesday arriving late in the afternoon. Considered to be the least expensive of the Bay Islands to tour, Utila has become a backpackers and divers' destination as it offers reasonable rates for hotel, restaurants and diving packages. With s/v Beaudacious we intended to leave for Glover's reef in Belize on Thursday night, giving us one day to walk around this small island. However, at 10 PM on Thursday we were awoken to a raucous as a French couple's sail boat, s/v Yvelys, broke loose from anchor, came onto s/v Beaudacious which was just ahead of us, then dragged behind them, hit our bow and got stuck in between. The hour it took to help them, fending them off our boat and giving instructions in English to the Eve, the only one who spoke English, seemed like eternity. The winds were roaring in the mid 20s and it was hard to hear or be heard. They finally broke loose and anchored in two other places before settling for the night. We were aware of holding issues in anchorage closer to the shore which we were told there is just a bit of sand above the coral bed holding the anchors.
After the "rush" ended, we realized that our batteries were not charging. We called off the trip to Belize that night, and Kim spent the next day diagnosing the problem which he found to be a faulty alternator. We had to change our trip plans to get our alternator fixed.