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

Back for part 2 of our exploration of Mexico

21 March 2015 | 20 45.98'N:105 30.69'W, Punta de Mita, Banderas Bay, Mexico
Mark
We returned to "Speakeasy" a couple of days ago and have been busy with lots of boat jobs as we get ready to head up into the Sea of Cortez, an area that we really haven't explored yet. Everything was just as we left it and there were no serious leaks even though they had over 4 inches of rain since we left!

Our trip home was great. We were able to visit 3 of 4 of our parents (sorry Mom!) and squeezed in several visits with friends. It was nice to be at "home" in our condo, but the different pace of life and the responsibilties of life back in Canada were exhausting. I guess it now seems strange to us that people back home in Canada do more than "one thing a day!" Down here, among cruisers, life moves at a much slower pace. While Dee adapted to life back in Canada more quickly, I found that I was quite frazzled by the end of each day. I remember the same feeling when we came home after our first year away back in 2005. Like integrating into any different culture, there is definite an adjustment period necessary when taking time off from the boat.

Now that we are back here, we both agree that the boat feels as much, or more, like home than our place in Victoria. We love the laid back Mexican lifestyle, enjoy shopping for fresh food in the tienda's, and look forward to the motion on the boat that lulls us to sleep. Talking about sleep - since we returned, we have been sleeping better than any night the last few weeks in Canada.

Because many items are hard to find, or very expensive in Mexico, we returned with a suitcase full of boat parts and spares. What that also means is that we both had a full list of jobs. I installed a new AIS transceiver, fitted a new barbecue burner, replaced my fridge compressor fans, cleaned the growth off of the props with my new scrapers, plus a bunch of other jobs that I don't even remember. Dee was just as busy, cleaning, cooking, and making up a bunch of ingredients and cleaning products from scratch.

It was nice and windy, just under 20 knots, this afternoon so we raised the anchor and sailed off towards Punta de Mita, at the North entrance to Banderas Bay. It was a great opportunity to test my newly tuned rig. So far so good. Nothing fell down, and it looks like I did manage to get the main a little flatter. It was also good to simply go sailing, put in a reef, and shake out that reef later. After a couple of weeks off of the boat I felt pretty rusty! We will stay here in Punta de Mita a couple of days, give the bottom a good cleaning, and then head North, starting the several hundred mile journey to the Sea.

The picture above is the Thursday night vegetable market in a warehouse behind one of the tiendas. By 5pm the truck has unloaded all kinds of very fresh fruits and vegetables. All of the restaurants and the savvy locals come by to get their produce. It's kind of a free for all with everyone ripping open sacs and getting what they need. You find a spare spot on the floor, pile your stuff up, and then get one of the warehouse guys to total it up for you when you are done. It's really, really cheap, and perfectly fresh. That big pile right in front of Dee is cilantro. Yup, they use a lot of it here.

Yes, we were able to get another bunch of those mega large radishes!
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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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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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Our furthest South point this year.
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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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Pictures from Tenacatita and a few other anchorages in the area.
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A few pictures from our Christmas visit to Barra & Melaque
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A quick visit to the small fishing village of Chamela
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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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Sailing from Turtle Bay to Bahia Santa Maria, Mexico
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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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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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