Buddy boatin' again03/03/2012
We are happy to be making another passage with Risk Taker, our friends on a Catalina 38 out of San Francisco. During this smooth 46-hour transit of the Gulf of Tehuantepec, we sailed in several stints, including a night sail on a gorgeous broad reach that lasted 3 watches, a sunset sail, and a morning session in the offshore wind and flat water as we approached Puerto Chiapas. Enroute, we also stopped in flat water and dove over the side to swim with the dolphins. We kept two fishing lines out, and caught one large jack and two smaller bonitos. Great shooting star show in the early morning watches.
Our MVP crew Bill Bell has arrived, Liberte is fueled up and cleared out, and our weather window is open for 3 days in the notorious Gulf of Tehuantepec. Our first traffic sighted out of Huatulco is this Navy boat that hailed us in excellent English to give us a weather briefing, inquire after our plans, and ask if we'd seen a missing cruising vessel. They told us to hail them on VHF 16 if we needed assistance of any kind. They have a base in Salina Cruz.
Shore showers have never been this romantic!
Marina Chahue is home for Liberte and a dozen or so other El Salvador-bound boats while we wait for the best time to transit the Gulf of Tehuantepec.
She's found the water again....
A beach of our own02/27/2012
Walked the dog one morning and stumbled onto this place.....