Frisky Cruising Adventures

Sailing our new Maverick catamaran from Cape Town South Africa to the US East Coast

14 July 2018 | Kennebunkport ME
09 July 2018 | Massachusetts
06 July 2018 | Boston
30 June 2018 | Massachusetts
22 June 2018 | Fall River Massachusetts
20 June 2018 | Narragansett Bay
08 June 2018 | Connectictu
31 May 2018 | New York City
29 May 2018 | New York City
12 May 2018 | Gulf Stream North
08 May 2018 | Florida
07 May 2018 | East Coast USA
06 May 2018 | Bahamas
30 April 2018 | Nassau Bahamas
25 April 2018 | Bahamas
23 April 2018 | Exuma Land and Sea Park

Welcome to Costa Rica

31 December 1969 | Golfito Costa Rica
Linda
After a 3 night passage of 330 miles directly from Las Perlas islands of Panama, we arrived at Golfito, Costa Rica to the Banana Bay Marina. Despite light winds we made good time on our passage due to favorable currents. In fact, we were amazed to see speeds of 9 - 12 knots off the coast of Panama with only moderate winds. This extra boost due to strong currents had us anticipating a pre-dawn arrival, which we always try to avoid when coming into a new harbor.
The current however changed to flow against us - sort of like getting a benefit for which you will later pay! So no chance of arriving too early in darkness - we arrived in early morning light at 6 am.
Golfito was a banana shipping port until the mid-1950's and it is currently trying to establish itself as a tourist destination like other parts of Costa Rica. We enjoyed the small town atmosphere and the friendly people. After 4 taxi rides to different government offices, we were checked into the country with Immigration, with Customs and with the Port Captain. We spent one day provisioning the boat and found the grocery shopping and an excellent fruit and vegetable market. And of course, we got caught up on our sleep after 3 nights at sea.
On Sunday, February 21 Dave's sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Michael, flew in to Golfito to join us for a fun 12 day vacation. We started out with an overnight passage from Golfito to Drake's Bay, arriving at 8 am to a smooth anchorage in the Bay where supposedly Sir Francis Drake had anchored after capturing a Spanish galleon off the coast of Ecuador.
The morning and afternoon were spent hiking into the tropical rain forest over the crest to a lovely beach and then going up the bay to a small river to explore the mangrove swamp at high tide. Next stop was the beach below the small town where we managed to find an ice cream shop for a cool afternoon snack.
The water temperature here is markedly warmer than what we experienced in the Las Perlas islands, so it is easy to dive in; however, trying to stay cool in the tropical heat isn't easy when the ocean water is about 84 degrees. Attached you see our "make-shift" small air conditioning unit which we purchased in Panama. It only works when we are at a marina using shore power, and it has been a wonderful bonus to have the main cabin cool enough to be comfortable as well as having our cabin better sleeping temperature.
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Vessel Name: Frisky
Vessel Make/Model: Maverick 400 Catamaran
Hailing Port: Ventura California
Extra: Sailing our NEW Maverick catamaran from Cape Town South Africa across the southern Atlantic, crossing the equator into the Caribbean and the East Coast USA
Frisky's Photos - Main
Island 1200 miles from west coast of Africa. Stop en route across southern Atlantic Ocean
4 Photos
Created 10 November 2017
Crossing the southern Atlantic Ocean from Cape Town South Africa to Trinidad in the Caribbean with new catamaran, Frisky. 6000 miles
7 Photos
Created 10 November 2017
Racing round St Lucia and Heineken Regatta in St Martin
17 Photos
Created 14 March 2015
From Canary Islands to Cape Verde to St Lucia
88 Photos
Created 28 January 2015
Mindelo marina and island tour Nov 2014
22 Photos
Created 28 January 2015
30 Photos
Created 28 January 2015
Photos from Dec 2014 through spring 2015
35 Photos
Created 28 January 2015
Inland Turkey with amazing rock formations
56 Photos
Created 8 September 2013
Mosques, churches, palaces and forts
22 Photos
Created 8 September 2013
Resort on Sicily Italy
6 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Ancient city ruins
6 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Monastery and Windmills on Patmos Island
6 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Anchorages and harbors in Turkey
6 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Ancient ruins at Ephesus
4 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Sites in Malta
13 Photos
Created 23 May 2013
Sites in Tunisia and Boat Yard
14 Photos
Created 23 May 2013