David Nieuwstad and his boat Free Spirit were a fixture here in The Sea of Cortez. We first met him on Dock 3 in Marina Palmira in 2009 along with many other great friends. That cruiser's comradery continued through the years as we all traveled our different paths around the Sea, always happy to meet up with each other again and again.
We enjoyed having dinner the other day with another Dock 3 alumni, Cricket and her husband Ron and of course Dave came up in the conversation as he was a dear friend of theirs.
Knowing we were headed out to the islands she asked if we'd mind taking a wooden spoon that had been on Dave's boat since winning a chili cook off at the Loreto Fest of 2014, and placing it on the beach near one of his favorite anchorages. We were thrilled to do it.
We embellished the plain wooden spoon with some words to commemorate Dave and his very special private anchorage he'd always take in the far northern lobe of Bahia Marquer on Isla Carmen near Loreto.
Cheer's to FreeSpirit Dave and Dave's Cove -- he will be in the hearts of his family and friends forever.