Sailing on Starshine

Vessel Name: Starshine
Vessel Make/Model: Outbound 44
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Pat and Melodie Williams
About: We have been "working the plan" since 2004 when Pat began taking sailing lessons. That lead to a few sailing vacations on sailboats. Melodie took some classes too. We purchased our boat in 2011.
24 October 2017 | Oakland, CA
04 September 2017 | South Lake Tahoe CA
04 September 2017 | Culver OR
04 September 2017 | Culver OR
04 September 2017 | Redmond Oregon
17 July 2017 | Polson Montana
31 May 2017 | Our new Camper in Ira Texas
04 May 2017 | Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit Mexico
04 April 2017 | La Cruz Anchorage
12 March 2017 | Chamela Bay
12 March 2017 | Tenicatita Bay
18 February 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
29 January 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
19 January 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
06 January 2017 | St Thomas USVI
06 January 2017 | Balboa Panama
30 November 2016 | Golfito Costa Rica
02 November 2016 | Marina San Carlos
27 October 2016 | Copper Canyon - Hotel Mirador
27 October 2016 | Copper Canyon in Chihuahua
Recent Blog Posts
24 October 2017 | Oakland, CA

Where have we been?

I have been neglecting our blog since early September. I wrote an update but made the classic mistake of not saving my work. You have seen me make this mistake in the past, but it appears I have not learned my lesson! So here it goes again, post # 2……

04 September 2017 | South Lake Tahoe CA

Snakes to the Lake

Today is Labor Day, September 4, 2017.

04 September 2017 | Culver OR

Solar Eclipse

Today is Monday August 21 and we saw the Solar Eclipse this morning!

04 September 2017 | Culver OR

Solar Eclipse

Today is Monday August 21 and we saw the Solar Eclipse this morning!

04 September 2017 | Redmond Oregon

Idaho Loop Glacier/Yellowstone/Grand Teton

Today is Tuesday August 15 and we are camping in Haystack Campground, a US Forest Service facility just south of Madras OR. We had spent a week back in July scoping out various sites in eastern Oregon, but we ended up here. It is a nice facility and the spots aren’t stacked on top of each other. Our [...]

17 July 2017 | Polson Montana

Arizona to Montana

Today is Sunday July 16, 2017.

Back in Banderas Bay

04 April 2017 | La Cruz Anchorage
Pat - Partly Cloudy
You would think I'd have learned by now. Save your work! Especially when the internet connection is kinda flaky. That said....I will now write our blog post a second time : (

I was saying that I haven't been very timely with our blog entries. That is a very typical pattern with personal blogs. In the beginning you are posting every detail. Then as time goes on you find yourself posting less and less. That said, here's what's new with us.

We are in the anchorage at La Cruz. After spending about 10 days in Tenacatita we moved to the Marina at Barra De Navidad. We stayed there 10 days and then moved to the Lagoon at Barra. Our time in the marina was divided between some maintenance items: wash the boat, clean the bottom, change the engine oil....and relaxing in the pool. We also enjoyed eating out at the many restaurants in Barra.

I did attend the St Patrick's Day celebration in Melaque. Melodie didn't want to attend because of the expected noise and large crowds. I tagged along with some other boats and we staked out a place at a bar overlooking the town square. Our dock was well represented, with about 8 boats in attendance. There was a small carnival happening a block from the square. A group of us went over and rode the bumper cars. 5 minutes for $50 pesos, about $2.50 USD. It was fun.

The fireworks scheduled to begin at 11:00 got started at about 11:40. It was a typical Mexican display, no safety zones. Every once in a while a stray mortar would shoot off into the crowd. Once the main show was over we began to make our way to the taxi stand. The regular taxi stand was closed due to the festival. So we cut across the square. That's when the excitement happened. People with paper mache bulls with fireworks attached began running through the crowd. Roman Candles were shooting in every direction at eye level. We made it across without taking any casualties, yewh! We caught a cab just outside town (about 2 blocks). It was a good time.

I was surprised to find Melodie awake when I got back to the boat. Turns out we both caught a parasite, but it hit Melodie hard. I got a little sick, but Melodie was much sicker. We went to the doctor and a laboratory and got tested. Turns out we had a ameba problem (parasite). We took antibiotics and that took care of it. We don't know where we picked it up, as we both ate different things that day. It's one of the challenges if you are gonna travel outside the USA.

Our time in Barra came to an end and we turned north back to Banderas Bay. We chose to make the jump in one shot. Normally people stop in Chamela Bay for 1-2 nights as a layover. We chose to stop only for a few hours. We arrived at 1:00 pm, took naps, ate dinner, then got underway at sunset, about 7:00 pm. That's when Melodie took the attached photo of me.

Our rounding of Cabo Corrientes went well. The seas were calm and the wind was reasonable. We arrived in Banderas Bay at dawn on Saturday. We are in the anchorage at La Cruz for one more night, then we will move into the Marina at La Cruz for about 10 days. We have more boat chores. It seems if you aren't fixing it....you're cleaning it.

We expect to be in Banderas Bay through the end of April.

Until next time.
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