01 May 2009 | Mexico
We landed at Isla Mujeres (which is just off of Cancun) shortly after 9am this morning. The predictions for E winds did not come true and we spent most of the journey bashing into NE winds and swell. This made for a rather uncomfortable ride but that is how it goes sometimes.
Excitement along the way included 20 or so dolphins playing in our bow wake for a good 15 minutes, a boarding by the Mexican Navy and then a Mexican Marine helicopter almost capsizing us. The boarding by the Navy was routine and done very professionally. We are used to their process from our boardings on the Pacific side and despite the language barrier we know most of what details they are most likely to ask us. We saw 2 other large naval ships along our route; it is reassuring to know that the waters are being watched so heavily. To our surprise, a helicopter came straight at us within a half hour of our boarding, circling us twice at way to close of a distance. We are sure he was just getting our name and port of call off our stern but those blades generated a lot of air movement against our little sails! No radio contact was made so we figured we passed whatever mission was given.
We will stay here at Isla Mujeres for almost a week, avoiding the swine flu.