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
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05 April 2017
18 March 2017
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14 March 2017

A Chance Encounter

14 March 2017
Terri Potts-Chattaway
Kayaking in Paraiso

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

We arrived at Paraiso around noon. It is another small anchorage, but, oh, so sweet. The cove is in the shape of a horseshoe with one colorful little boutique hotel on the shore. The grounds are covered with palm trees and a dash of bougainvillea. The water color is a mix of turquoise and teal and the air smells of sage from the dried brush that fills the hills. We anchored in seventeen feet on a sandy bottom. For about an hour, we were the only boat. We were hoping to have this little gem to ourselves.

"Don't worry. That boat has at least ten people on it. They won't be staying overnight." I said, noticing another sailboat anchoring in front of us. Jay took out the binoculars.

"That's Gadget!"

"No, it's not."

"Yes, it is. I can't believe it!"

I took the binoculars from Jay. Sure enough, it was Gadget, a 64' Hinckley, from Edgartown. Our Edgartown! We pass it every time we sail out of Katama Bay and here it was, so many miles from home.

We introduced ourselves to the captain and first mate, excited to tell them that we, too, are from Martha's Vineyard. Chris and Elise have worked on Gadget for several years. In the summer, they sail her around the Vineyard and in the winter, they usually take her south to the Caribbean. This year, their boss asked them to bring it down and through the Panama Canal, up to Barra de Navidad, and ultimately, to Careyes where there was to be a wedding. (That is a lot of miles just for a wedding.) They left in November, and arrived in February.

We watched as, one by one, the guests jumped off Gadget and into the water and swam over to a small beach, tucked into the side of the cove. The gentleman who hosted the wedding had arranged for his guests to have a catered lunch there. Evidently, he has a staff of ten at his villa and they brought tables and chairs to the beach by the hotel. Another man in a panga, picked up the supplies and carted them over to the side beach, as you could only get to there by swimming or boat. At 1600, they were headed back to Careyes, after a beautiful afternoon at Paraiso.

As for Chris and Elise and Gadget, we made arrangements to meet up with them again in Barra.

NOTE OF INTEREST: Gadget was previously owned by Walter Cronkite and called Wyntje. The current owner is one of three creators of the animated television series, "Inspector Gadget."

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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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