Speakeasy, Over The Horizon

The Voyages of Mark & Deanna Roozendaal

24 November 2016 | 26 41.15'S:153 7.72'E, Mooloolaba, Australia
13 November 2016 | 25 54.12'S:153 01.72'E, Tin Can Bay, Australia
12 November 2016 | 25 31.69'S:152 57.91'E, Fraser Island, Australia
31 October 2016 | 24 45.38'S:152 23.72'E, Bundaberg, Australia
30 October 2016 | 23 52'S:153 55'E, On Passage - Noumea, New Caledonia to Bundaberg, Australia
29 October 2016 | 23 28'S:156 47'E, On Passage - Noumea, New Caledonia to Bundaberg, Australia
28 October 2016 | 22 57'S:159 54'E, On Passage - Noumea, New Caledonia to Bundaberg, Australia
27 October 2016 | 22 40'S:163 13'E, On Passage - Noumea to Australia
26 October 2016 | 22 22'S:166 10'E, On Passage - Noumea to Australia
18 October 2016 | 22 16.60'S:166 26.40'E, Noumea, New Caledonia
17 October 2016 | 21 37'S:168 13'E, between Vanuatu and New Caledonia
14 October 2016 | 19 31.57'S:169 26.66'E, Port Resolution, Tanna I, Vanuatu
14 October 2016 | 19 31.57'S:169 26.66'E, Port Resolution, Tanna I, Vanuatu
14 October 2016 | 19 31.90'S:169 26.98'E, Mt. Yasur, Tanna I, Vanuatu
12 October 2016 | 19 31.58'S:169 29.65'E, Port Resolution, Vanuatu
09 October 2016 | 20 14.36'S:169 46.63'E, Aneityum, Vanuatu
03 October 2016 | 20 14.36'S:169 46.63'E, Aneityum, Vanuatu
02 October 2016 | 19 39'S:172 03'E, On Passage from Fiji to Vanuatu
01 October 2016 | 18 43'S:174 16'E, On Passage from Fiji to Vanuatu
27 September 2016 | 17 40.88'S:177 23.16'E, Vuda Marina, Fiji

One side trip done, Trip #2 starting tomorrow

04 December 2014 | 20 44.84'N:105 22.32'W, La Cruz, Mexico
Mark
A few days ago were feeling a bit itchy for some new scenery. So, we pulled up the anchor and headed towards Sayulita with the idea of anchoring off the town for a couple of days and then heading back to LaCruz. Because Sayulita is well known for surfing, we were not sure if it was going to be a good anchorage. But, since the distance wasn't great, we knew that we could always come back the same day if necessary.

The trip North was quite enjoyable with some great scenery. As we rounded Punta Mita, leaving Banderas Bay to head North, we got a good look at how the really rich people down here live. All along the manicured coast there were houses which sell for five and more million dollars. For example, Bill Gates is reportedly and owner and investor here. However, once around the point, things slowly got back to normal with the houses getting smaller and the vegetation on shore getting thicker. The hillsides are steep and highly eroded while at the same time being thickly covered with Jungle. Here, the coast looked a lot like those South Pacific tropical pictures that we have all seen.

There was abundant wildlife as well. Boobie birds were using the boat as a tool to help their fishing. I guess that the boat would scare & distract small fish. The boobie's would hover near the front of the boat and then dive into the water in front of or beside the boat, almost always coming up with a meal.

We also saw a family of humpback whales lazily swimming along, oblivious of our boat. They sure are huge!

A few hours after leaving LaCruz we arrived off Sayulita and dropped the anchor. Unfortunately, our visit was very short lived. The stone walls of the bay seemed to refract the North swell and really build it up in the bay. Sure, we could anchor safely, but it wouldn't have been a comfortable night so we hoisted the anchor and headed back South.

Instead of heading all the way back to La Cruz, we stopped for a couple of nights in the anchorage at Punta Mita. There is an exceptionally nice anchorage here. It's huge and there were only six boats for neighbours, meaning that there was nobody within a half mile of us. While they all packed together on the North side of the bay for some inexplicable reason, we headed to the other side and anchored in 15ft of water near shore. No waves at all, and crystal clear water made it not only comfortable for sleeping, but great for swimming. We even had a strong internet signal compliments of "Jerry" who must have lived in one of the million dollar condos on the beach.

The only drawback, we found, was that there really is no culture or sense of Mexican community here. There are a few locals living here, but they are here solely to service the resorts and hotels in the area. As soon as we were on shore, the sales people were on us trying to sell us fishing trips, massages, and meals. While LaCruz feels like a quiet Mexican village that you can become part of, Punta Mita, although beautiful, made us feel like we were definitely "meat" whose sole function is to spend money.

We see this different flavour in communities often. Places that are heavily visited by tourists attract a hard core sales crowd. You know the scene: everywhere we walk we are being accosted and invited, quite aggressively sometimes, to visit various establishments. If only they knew that cruisers are cheap! Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, and the Golden Zone in our adopted home of Mazatlan feel like this. Smaller towns like LaCruz, Melaque, etc let us walk around unmolested and make us feel welcome, almost part of the community. Sure, they hope we patronize their businesses, but they aren't aggressively hounding us to do it.

After a couple nights in Punta Mita, which we thoroughly enjoyed regardless of my previous comments, we headed back to LaCruz where we are now. If all goes according to plan, on Friday we will head North again, further this time, to visit a few anchorages and especially Isla Isabella, a world famous bird sanctuary. That is, as long as the wind cooperates. Then, it's back to LaCruz for the Banderas Bay Blast before heading South.
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Vessel Name: Speakeasy
Vessel Make/Model: 2007 Manta IV 42' Catamaran
Hailing Port: Victoria, BC, Canada
Crew: Mark & Deanna Roozendaal
About:
In 2005 we were lucky enough to be able to take a one year sabbatical where we sailed from Victoria BC to Mexico and Hawaii in our Catalina 42. We had a fantastic time! As soon as we returned home, we started dreaming about our next trip. [...]
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For our newest pictures, please look on the right hand side of our page under FAVOURITES and click on "2015+ Photo Gallery". This will take you to Flickr where we now store all of our photos.
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Created 19 April 2015
Yelapa is a small village on the South shore of Banderas Bay, near Puerto Vallarta. Unless you own a hummer, is only accessible by boat which gives it a nice laid back vibe
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Created 20 March 2015
Our furthest South point this year.
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Created 20 March 2015
Manzanillo is a huge commercial port between Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo. Not that much tourism here which makes it a very authentic Mexican city
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Created 20 March 2015
Pictures from Tenacatita and a few other anchorages in the area.
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Created 20 March 2015
A few pictures from our Christmas visit to Barra & Melaque
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Created 19 January 2015
A quick visit to the small fishing village of Chamela
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Created 28 December 2014
Isla Isabella is an island about 20 miles offshore Mexico, between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. it is a nesting ground for a number of sea birds and has been the subject of several documentaries. The birds and lizards on the island have no fear of humans.
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From Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo San Lucas
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Created 14 November 2014
Sailing from Turtle Bay to Bahia Santa Maria, Mexico
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Created 14 November 2014
We participated in the rally again this year. Here are a few pics from the pre-start party, the start, and the first leg to Turtle Bay, Mexico. Credit to Dave Tolman for most of the pictures.
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Created 12 November 2014
We spend the better part of a week first in Catalina Harbor and then in the opposite side of the isthmus in Two Harbors
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Our time in the big city
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A few pics from our brief stop in this richie rich tourist town
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Morro Bay, California
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Big waves at Morro Bay from a low pressure system that rolled through North of us
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Our side trip to the Delta and Sacramento from the San Francisco Bay
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Prior to our departure, we hauled out at Canoe Cove, BC, Canada.
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"Speakeasy" is a 2007 Manta 42 MKIV Catamaran. We purchased her in 2013 from the original owners. Manta's come fairly well equipped from the factory for offshore cruising. We will be adding the rest of the necessary equipment.
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