Cruising with Cadenza

"I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special." Steel Magnolias

09 March 2018 | Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
27 February 2018 | Barra de Navidad
19 February 2018 | Barra de Navidad
05 February 2018 | Zihuatanejo
29 January 2018 | Zihuatanejo
24 January 2018 | Barra de Navidad
13 January 2018 | Barra de Navidad
08 January 2018 | Barra de Navidad
27 December 2017 | Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
18 December 2017 | Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
08 December 2017 | Puerto Vallarta
30 April 2017
13 April 2017
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18 March 2017
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02 December 2015
Terri Potts-Chattaway
December 1, 2015

Thirty minutes until touchdown. Thirty minutes until we arrive in Puerto Vallarta. Our third season of cruising and this is the first time we are arriving by plane. And the first time I feel so utterly disconnected from the boat.

I started growing roots again. Not only because we have spent the last seven months in the states, but we have been working on our home, making it more homey. Thus, the roots.

And, of course, there is a bit of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome going on. After all, we didn't leave in the best of conditions, having had the dinghy accident and me, in a wheelchair. I haven't been back on the boat since April 11th – the day of my accident. And poor Jay. He keeps reliving that awful scene. Still questioning, what if?

There is excitement too. Cruising! Remember that? New, exotic landscapes, the lap of waves, the sway of the boat, the warmth of the sun. The beautiful, white, sandy beaches that stretch for miles and miles. The whales!

Yes, I feel very fortunate to live such a diverse lifestyle. To wake up to something new and different each day. I'm not sure what this season holds, but I'm really looking forward to sailing further south. For years, I have wanted to explore the southwestern coast of mainland Mexico. I just never thought I would go by boat.

Ten minutes to touchdown. Seat belts buckled. Tray tops fastened and seats in an upright position.

I look outside the airplane window at the mountains covered with forests. I can see the coast with white water breaking on the beach in the the distance. I contemplate the past. I dream of the future...
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Vessel Name: Cadenza
Vessel Make/Model: Hardin 45' Ketch
Hailing Port: Malibu, California
Crew: Jay Chattaway, Terri Potts-Chattaway
About: Jay has owned Cadenza for over 20 years. He originally bought her in La Paz, Mexico (known as Mercury One and before that as Mar y Vent) and brought her up to the Channel Islands. Terri fell in love with sailing and Cadenza over ten years ago and she has been a labor of love ever since.
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The Plan: We are to leave Channel Islands Harbor the beginning of September, 2013 and head to San Diego for a few months of prep and family time. Next, we leave for La Paz (we love it there) the beginning of November. We will winter out of La Paz, exploring the Sea of Cortez. This is the first [...]
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