Coffee with Cats
27 January 2015 | 17 40.82'N:101 39.38'W, Isla Grande, near Zihuatanejo, Mexico
A couple of days ago we arrived in Zihuatanejo after a passage of about 32 hours. Not bad for 200 miles. We were able to sail about half the time which is a huge bonus in this part of the world.
Having said that, the heavier cruising monohulls around weren't that happy. The 8 knots of wind on the beam, the perfect angle, pushed us along at about 6 knots under white sails. The apparent wind was a bit tight for the A-sail, or we could have picked up more speed. But, no complaints, sailing under while sails only is a much better way to not spill my beer. However, for our single hulled friends with lots of lead they were seeing passage times as high as 42 hours.
Zihua is as great as we remember, but much bigger. It's got great heaps of Mexican charm, but with enough gringo tourists from here and from nearby Ixtapa that there are lots of services and stores that make our shoreside stops easy. What is strange is that there are almost no boats here. Nine years when we here at the same time, just before Zihua Sailfest, there were 60+ boats anchored here. Today, we counted 7É More are on their way, but there definitely seem to be fewer cruisers, and the ones that are here are not as willing to make the overnight passages to get to some of the destinations. Considering that many of the cruisers we know this year were also here when we were hear nine years ago, it makes sense that an aging fleet is not willing to travel as much or as often.
Today, in Zihua, Dee had an especially good day! The morning started with a great paddle board trip around the bay. I lazed in bed, but Dee was full of energy! Then, after grocery shopping we stopped at a real coffee shop that actually knows how to make a Latte - a rare indulgence. While we were there, Dee got to sit with one of the local stray kittens up for adoption. Coffee, kittens, and incredible fresh fruits and vegetables from the market make a day hard to top!
With Dee now using her excess energy to clean the inside of the boat, I raised the anchor and motored 1.5 hours to Isla Grande, a small party island just north of Ixtapa. I call it a party island because the shoreline is lined with Palapa Restaurants, jet ski rentals, and pangas ferrying tourist back and forth from Ixtapa. The daytimes are nutsÉ But, by 7pm every night the Island must be completely empty of everyone except for the night guard. Its extremely peaceful for the 5 boats here in the small anchorage.
Tomorrow, its more exploring on shore and on the island. There are a lot of huge crocodiles in the estuary about half a mile from us so we will definitely give those friendly beasts a visit!