|Vessel Name:||Morning Star|
|Vessel Make/Model:||Bristol 455|
|Hailing Port:||San Francisco|
|Crew:||David and (Margaret) Stella Gubbins|
|About:||We live in Ilkley (West Yorkshire) and have cruised since 1986. We have 3 sailing children who can sometimes join us.|
|Extra:||Dave retired in 2009. We bought Morning Star in San Francisco and sailed to Mexico, where she's been ever since. Each year we put her in the water in Nov/Dec and sail the Pacific coast until May/Jun.|
Backing into the dock for the travel-lift went as well as expected, helped by the lack of wind in the early morning. Miriam and the Fonatur staff were as competent as always, and Morning Star is now tucked up under the palm trees waiting for the attention of Bob and the rest of Total Yacht Works team. [...]
A lumpy overnight passage where we missed a completely unlit panga by less than a boat length, they flashed a light at the last possible minute. We anchored for a last night off Bird Island and went into the marina the next day. A busy few days are ahead washing sails and getting ready to come out of the water.
We finally left the dock and anchored out in about 20 knots afternoon sea breeze. We waited for the wind to drop a little and had a good beat up to Punta de Mita, anchoring just before dark in this large but busy anchorage. On early next day for Chacala, anchored in a big but not uncomfortable swell. A last meal ashore in a palapa restaurant and we enjoyed a long walk around this delightful village.
A long bus ride to PV (it broke down so we took the next one) and an even longer taxi ride got us to the Botanical Gardens, a lovely setting in the hills behind Mismaloya. There are lots of jungle hill walks here, some tended gardens, and a clear stream at the bottom of the valley for swimming (photo). We passed a very pleasant afternoon, ending up with Jamaica tea and tortilla soup in the cafe, which has a spectacular view down the valley.