04/27/2008, Pacific Ocean, Mexican waters
Hey Everybody...We are still making our way to Huatulco which should be our final destination in Mexico. We all decided to do a 2 nighter, rather than leave at the butt crack of dawn and MAYBE arrive before dark after 1 overnighter with "no time to sail" . Or take our time and take advantage of the nice "land and sea breezes" where we can fly the spinnaker! The choice was actually pretty easy. Plus this will give alittle taste of multiple overnighters again. We've only done several "1 nighters" since the HaHa and our crossing the Gulf of Tehauntepec will be at least 2 if not 3 nights! Yesterday was once again a fabulous day sailing the spinnaker, this time for more than 7 hours, then with just our 2 sails up for another 2 hours. The sunset was again...spectacular, the night sky filled with a bizillion stars and
when the half-moon came up about 1am, it just lit up the waters. No marine life to spot until this morning. I guess the dolphins don't like to play at night, but at dawn and early morning they get pretty frisky with the boat. A few sea turtles round out the entertainment and we are off to another gorgeous day. We've been playing touch tag with Sans Cles for the past 24 hours and right now...they are ahead, but we are closing in fast. Well..the breeze has picked up enough to get the Blue & Yellow colors flying, so time to go to work....With Pepparkaka (Swedish coffeebread) in the oven and Swedish colors flying high...Ain't life grand!
Ahoy! We left Zihua right on schedule..11:10am, Thursday. Light land and sea breezes is what we were hoping for and we got exactly that! We hoisted the sinnaker 2 hrs later and what a great afternoon it was! We turned off the water-maker and really sailed for about 5 1/2 in beautiful silence! No marine life spotted all that afternoon but traveling with Sans Cles made it perfect, Terri even got a few great
pictures of Triple Stars flying her Blue & Yellow Swedish colors. Our rule is the spinnaker comes down before dark, so the sea breeze cooperated and laid down a bit so we didn't feel so bad putting "iron jenny" on and filling our water tank. About 5am we put the sails back up and sailed right into Acapulco! What a beautiful site at night. All the lights in the hillsides truly look like "a bowl full of multi colored diamonds" . We made our way to the harbor, picked up a mooring ball and got a little rest.
It was noon before we felt ready to do anything, and of course in typical fashion...in the heat of the day (91 degrees with 79% humidity) we set off to get a quick lay of the land. We hopped a bus and found the port captain's office...it was closed...Walked a little to find a place to have lunch (well we had breakfast instead) and were approached by no less than 5 people trying to hustle us to the Mexican Market and get us to their cab driver to "show us around". I guess we just looked like tourists! Thank goodness for Terri's Spanish tho, as we did get some info on the cliff divers, so we were able to go and make reservations for 7:00 that same night!
After alittle more rest back at the boat we all got cleaned up, put on some fancy dud's (1st time Jan's worn a skirt in 5 months) and went to have dinner and watch the cliff divers. What a show. 7 guys in little speedo's parade in carrying torches, spend 10 minutes practice diving then scaling the cliff to their positions and diving from 110 feet in the air! Somersaults, swan dives and tandum diving. Awesome! We even stayed for the next performance! Then back to the boat...We were all pretty exhausted.
The next day we decided to just grab alittle provisioning, get things cleaned up a bit and head out on Saturday. Actually Rob & Lyman went to the Wal Mart and Comercial grocery store and were back in less than 2 hours while Jan & Terri sought refuge on the boat!!!!! We are just spoiled after being in some fabulous small anchorages, that Acapulco was too big, hot/humid and not very cruiser friendly. We enjoyed a quick dinghy ride around the Bahia de Acapulco, a great steak dinner on the boat and were ready for the next leg of our journey.