06 February 2012 | Nuevo Vallarta
Sharon's Mom Kathy, and her Uncle Brian arrived to Puerto Vallarta on Friday. Yesterday we decided to sail over to La Cruz for brunch and to visit the Sunday Arts fair. As is typical in the early morning hours there was no wind and we had to motor the 5 miles over to La Cruz. After tying up at the guest dock at Marina La Cruz, we enjoyed a nice breakfast and then strolled around the Arts Fair and through the small town of La Cruz.
Although there had been a nice breeze that had come up during brunch.....it had pretty much died out by the time we were pulling out of the marina. It's always disappointing for people who want to go out for a sail, and we end up motoring around all day. They probably are asking themselves "gee why don't they just buy a power boat?". To tell the truth, I sometimes find myself asking the same question. As we cleared the harbor entrance a slight breeze (3-4 knots) kicked in and I thought....damm it, we're putting up the sails and sailing. So up went the sails and Kathy took over for her first time at the helm of a sailboat. At about the same time as kathy took over the wind almost immediately jumped to 10 knots...then 12 and we were sailing. After about 30 minutes Brian took over (pic) and the wind stayed consistent, maybe even added a knot or two. Steering a sailboat under sail for the first time is not always easy, but both Kathy and Brian did a superior job of holding their course, even while watching some distant whales. So we may have two new crew members....if we can just get them use to living in a shoebox.