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

The Curse of the Wayward Dinghy

12 April 2015 | 26 6.92'N:111 17.08'W, Isla Coronado, Baja California
Mark
Last week, while we were anchored off the small fishing village of San Evaristo, we kicked back and enjoyed a very cold beer at a small palapa restaurant on the beach. Shortly after we sat down, another cruising couple arrived. It wasn't long before we had all introduced ourselves and were learning about each other's travels. Our new friends had lots of funny stories to share and we were all having a good laugh at the adventures, and mis-adventures, that we each had experienced.

One story they told us, that turned out to be especially memorable, was about how they almost lost their dinghy. Of course, down here losing your dinghy is a huge deal as there are no marine stores that can replace it. Losing your dinghy is like totalling your car, with no way to buy a new car. Our new friends described how, just a couple of days prior, they had dinghied up to their boat, boarded it, and headed below. Eventually, the husband popped his head up and noticed a dinghy drifting across the bay. At first he smiled and looked around, but then he noticed that his own dinghy was missing!

We had a good chuckle with them but wondered how anyone could actually forget to tie their incredibly important dinghy to their boat. Well, we were soon to receive an answer to our question.

It was just a short two days later that Dee and I returned from a beach excursion and headed below for a cold beer. I popped my head out and was shocked to notice our very own dinghy heading downwind on a voyage of its own! After a mad dash on the paddle board I caught up with our runaway. In all my years of boating this has never happened! I've never forgotten to tie off the dinghy, but here it happened forty-eight hours after hearing our friends story.

We were pretty sure that this wasn't a coincidence and that a curse had been passed onto us. But, that's not the end of this tale.

Two days ago, on Isla Coronado just north of Loreto, we met up with our good friends Ted, Sue, and their son Josh on their Passport 47, Adesso. During happy hour we recounted the story of our lost dinghy and our theory of the curse of the wayward dinghy. Of course, they had a good chuckle and regaled us with their superior boat handling skills and attention to detail. They, of all people, would not lose their dinghy in such a way. Keep in mind, that this conversation happened the magical two days ago.

Right on schedule, first thing this morning, I looked out and saw a dinghy traversing the waters with nobody on board. And, it looked suspiciously like Adesso's! I called out to Ted and Josh was quickly in the water on his surf board to retrieve their escapee.

There is good news and bad news here. The good news is that the curse is now off of our back and transferred quite handily to Adesso. We figure that they need to quickly recount the entire story its start to the next set of cruisers so that they can free themselves. If they don't, we are not sure what will happen!

For our friends back home, beware, but you are probably safe. I do suggest that you double-check the parking brake on your car for the next two days. For our cruising friends down here in the Sea of Cortez, you may want to avoid Adesso for a while and keep an eye open for wayward dinghies.
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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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