Sailing on Starshine

Vessel Name: Starshine
Vessel Make/Model: Outbound 44
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Pat and Melodie Williams
About: We have been "working the plan" since 2004 when Pat began taking sailing lessons. That lead to a few sailing vacations on sailboats. Melodie took some classes too. We purchased our boat in 2011.
27 February 2019 | Alameda California
26 February 2019 | Mazatlan to San Francisco
26 February 2019 | Mazatlan Sinaloa Mexico
01 May 2018 | El Cid - Mazatlan
09 April 2018 | Marina Mazatlan
07 March 2018 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
23 January 2018 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
04 December 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
24 October 2017 | Oakland, CA
04 September 2017 | South Lake Tahoe CA
04 September 2017 | Culver OR
04 September 2017 | Culver OR
04 September 2017 | Redmond Oregon
17 July 2017 | Polson Montana
31 May 2017 | Our new Camper in Ira Texas
04 May 2017 | Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit Mexico
04 April 2017 | La Cruz Anchorage
12 March 2017 | Chamela Bay
12 March 2017 | Tenicatita Bay
18 February 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Recent Blog Posts
27 February 2019 | Alameda California

Goodbye Starshine

Melodie and I have accepted an offer on Starshine. We close escrow on March 8, 2019.

26 February 2019 | Mazatlan to San Francisco

The Baja Bash

Preparing for the Baja Bash (the trip north from Mexico to California). They call it “The Bash” because the prevailing winds and waves are from the northwest. So you are basically going uphill (if that makes any sense).

26 February 2019 | Mazatlan Sinaloa Mexico

Summer 2018

As many of you who have followed our blog over the last four years you’ll note that I have not given it any attention since last spring. So let me fill in the blanks.

01 May 2018 | El Cid - Mazatlan

Marina El Cid - Mazatlan

Today is Tuesday May 1, 2018.

09 April 2018 | Marina Mazatlan

Marina Mazatlan

Today is Monday April 9, 2018.

07 March 2018 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Leaving Banderas Bay

Today is Wednesday March 7, 2018.

Back in Banderas Bay

04 April 2017 | La Cruz Anchorage
Pat - Partly Cloudy
You would think I'd have learned by now. Save your work! Especially when the internet connection is kinda flaky. That said....I will now write our blog post a second time : (

I was saying that I haven't been very timely with our blog entries. That is a very typical pattern with personal blogs. In the beginning you are posting every detail. Then as time goes on you find yourself posting less and less. That said, here's what's new with us.

We are in the anchorage at La Cruz. After spending about 10 days in Tenacatita we moved to the Marina at Barra De Navidad. We stayed there 10 days and then moved to the Lagoon at Barra. Our time in the marina was divided between some maintenance items: wash the boat, clean the bottom, change the engine oil....and relaxing in the pool. We also enjoyed eating out at the many restaurants in Barra.

I did attend the St Patrick's Day celebration in Melaque. Melodie didn't want to attend because of the expected noise and large crowds. I tagged along with some other boats and we staked out a place at a bar overlooking the town square. Our dock was well represented, with about 8 boats in attendance. There was a small carnival happening a block from the square. A group of us went over and rode the bumper cars. 5 minutes for $50 pesos, about $2.50 USD. It was fun.

The fireworks scheduled to begin at 11:00 got started at about 11:40. It was a typical Mexican display, no safety zones. Every once in a while a stray mortar would shoot off into the crowd. Once the main show was over we began to make our way to the taxi stand. The regular taxi stand was closed due to the festival. So we cut across the square. That's when the excitement happened. People with paper mache bulls with fireworks attached began running through the crowd. Roman Candles were shooting in every direction at eye level. We made it across without taking any casualties, yewh! We caught a cab just outside town (about 2 blocks). It was a good time.

I was surprised to find Melodie awake when I got back to the boat. Turns out we both caught a parasite, but it hit Melodie hard. I got a little sick, but Melodie was much sicker. We went to the doctor and a laboratory and got tested. Turns out we had a ameba problem (parasite). We took antibiotics and that took care of it. We don't know where we picked it up, as we both ate different things that day. It's one of the challenges if you are gonna travel outside the USA.

Our time in Barra came to an end and we turned north back to Banderas Bay. We chose to make the jump in one shot. Normally people stop in Chamela Bay for 1-2 nights as a layover. We chose to stop only for a few hours. We arrived at 1:00 pm, took naps, ate dinner, then got underway at sunset, about 7:00 pm. That's when Melodie took the attached photo of me.

Our rounding of Cabo Corrientes went well. The seas were calm and the wind was reasonable. We arrived in Banderas Bay at dawn on Saturday. We are in the anchorage at La Cruz for one more night, then we will move into the Marina at La Cruz for about 10 days. We have more boat chores. It seems if you aren't fixing're cleaning it.

We expect to be in Banderas Bay through the end of April.

Until next time.
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