Back to Belize
29 September 2017 | Placencia Belize
When we decided to leave Honduras after our 4 month stay, we had a buddy boat an old friend from Nova Scotia, Pete on Wanderer, Pete has been sailing the Caribbean for years, but this year was not a good one, he had hit a reef and did a lot of damage to his boat, he had lost his rudder and prop. He had ordered a new one and was waiting to get it installed. He had a temporary rudder on but wanted to sail to Belize to get it sorted, so he asked if he could buddy boat with us for safety reasons.
We left Honduras around 5 pm, Pete had headed out earlier to get a good start, after we were about 5 miles out, he started hearing a clanging noise so he asked us to slow down. We sailed though the night it was not a good sail more like being in a washing machine, big seas and wind. Just as the sun was coming up we noticed that Wanderer was doing circles. Andy called him on the radio and he said he had no steering so we sailed closer and we could see his temp rudder was hanging off, another big wave and it disappeared into the depths. So what to do, this was not going to be easy, we couldn't get him off his boat as he can't swim, our dinghy and motor were on board, the only option we had was to tow him. With the seas and wind quipping I tethered myself in and the captain came up on his starboard side, he threw the line I managed to catch it and we were undertow. This was not going to be pleasant and it was going to be a long day.
It took us an extra 3 hours to tow Wanderer to Ranguana, but at least we were all safe, got all anchored then a huge hits squall, off goes Pete dragging down the bay, and off we go to save him. Finally gets him attached to our boat this time but now with some light damage. We got him on a mooring ball and settled in for the night. The next morning there was no wind so we manged to tow him to Placentia without incident. Because we were late arriving we ended checking in on Good Friday which meant all the officials had there hands out, ended up costing each boat $400.00 for one months stay, they didn't care that we were helping a stranded sailor at sea, for them its all about the money. We spent our month here with not a whole lot of things to see and do, just some beach days and and a trip back to Ranguana to explore.
The lazy days were sliding by and it was time to head to the Rio Dulce for another hurricane season.