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Sailing with Tradewinds
05/01/2012, Puerto Aventuras Marina

Interesting! One of the differences between this trip & the Bahamas is, when you go from 1 place to the next, you see land. A lot of the land is still undeveloped. Beautiful white pristine beaches for miles. Then out of the blue is another town.
We left Puerto Morelos this morning & are on our way to Puerto Aventuras. Playa Del Carmen is off our starboard side, & for me, is unrecognizable. It was a sleepy little fishing village & is now bumper to bumper with Hotels & Timeshares. It is where the people ferry goes over to Cozumel. There are plenty of fishermen out here & parasailers, jet skis etc. YUCK! That's exactly what we are getting away from. Puerto Aventuras is also a developed area. We still have to do our Sarpe, which is a permit to leave the country, so we will do it there. Honestly I think it's just another way to spread the $ around.
Being out here on the deep blue is the most amazing thing. We are going against a 2 - 3 knot current & only making 5.5 knots an hour. Running at 1900 rpms, with sails flying to stabilize us. They seem to be helping a little. We're in about 50 - 100 ft of h2o. Not in a hurry, so it doesn't matter. Saw 2 loggerhead turtles! BIG! Fernando saw a sailfish in about 20 ft of water. It is so clear, you can see the bottom. So many different colors of water. So clean & crystal clear. We are very grateful to Be able to do make a trip like this.

05/05/2012 | robert
Beautiful shot Fernado
Remembering El Milagro

There were Peter & Wendy, Dave, Diane, Alex, Mia & Koa (dog), Clark, Ken & his wife, Jeff, Walter & John & Steve & Roberta. They were our dock friends in Isla Mujeres. Then, of course, the most important ones - Julio, Jaime, Rosie (who has the same birthday as Fernando), & too many other names to remember. They were the people who worked El Milagro Marina. Eric, the owner, came about mid stay & was very nice, friendly & helpful. This place makes you feel like you are part of the family. They welcome you with open arms & hearts & always have a smile for you. It was not the most fancy marina. In fact it was rough around the edges. But that's what made it so nice. They have bikes you can use, no charge. The showers are outside & open at the top to get the nice breeze in. How cool is that? They will do your laundry for you for very little & also have a dinner for everyone on Saturday nights. There are also rooms to rent that are very clean & spacious, for those of you who do not have a boat. Julio is the jefe (boss). He can help you register with the 4 different agencies. Immigrations, customs, health & agriculture. He can also give you advise when you go to the main land to register your boat. (It's just another way to get $ out of you. But at least now the boat is registered for 10 years in Mexico) It makes it very easy & as smooth as it can be. El Milagro Marina is definitely a place that makes you want to go back & visit again. Thanks guys! You made our stay very pleasant. We'll see you again soon.

Puerto Moreles

Workers in town square

Puerto Moreles

Workers thatching a roof in town square

Things are looking good

Nancy is feeling much better today so we will make plans to get under way.
We have made many friends in Isla Mujeres at the El Milagro Marina and hope to see them again, maybe at another marina maybe in some other country.

04/25/2012 | jane
So glad you are on the mend Nancy, and that you were able to get the medical help you needed. Course, I like Fenando's medications - pills and ?liquids?. O ya. Dennis used to cure colds with cheap wine!
Delay in Departure
Blowing like snot

Our plan was to leave today and head South, but that has changed. The winds have been from the West one day then North the next at 20 gusting to 40 so our new departure date from our happy new home of El Milagro looks like Wednesday maybe Thursday. The winds then will be from the East which will give us a beam reach on our SSW course. Nancy's back went out on Saturday and she's been in quite a lot of pain. We found a pharmacy to get pain meds which helped some. This morning on the cruisers net we summoned chiropractor Steve who gave her an adjustment. That was a few hours ago, and with a few beers and and few pills she is doing much better. We are spending today on the beach in lounge chairs under a nice palm tree watching the water lap the boats, and birds fly in a comfortable 15 kt breeze. The Dr. thinks with a day or two of rest Nancy will be back good as new. We will wait here for as long as it takes for her to recover as the winds will be in our favor for the next 10 days and we are only traveling for a day.

04/25/2012 | jane
wonderful shot! Thanks for sharing. Next you can ride a turtle, no?

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Sailing with Tradewinds
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