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

Safe and Sound back in Banderas Bay - after a long night

25 February 2016 | 20 44.98'N:105 21.98'W, Banderas Bay, Mexico
Mark
The trip NW from Bahia Tenacatita to Puerto Vallarta, Banderas Bay is about 125 miles and is generally a short, overnight trip. The one fly in the ointment is that we have to round Cabo Corrientes, which guards the southern end of Banderas Bay. Like most prominent capes, this one stirs up strong winds and currents, while just 20-30 nautical miles away the weather can be benign.

We did time the weather extremely well this time! Instead of head winds which are normal around here, we had a nice reaching sail for much of the trip. In fact, it looked like we were going to arrive at our destination 4 or 5 hours ahead of schedule. On an overnight trip, arriving ahead of schedule is very inviting as it means an end to a near-sleepless night while underway.

However, things were not to be that way! Just before the halfway point, when we were cruising along at a wonderful 7 knots, we came across some friends on their sailboat Adagio that were having severe engine problems. It wasn't a real problem at the time as there was wind and they were motorsailing. But the wind was forecast to go to zero. A sailboat with no wind and no engine is in a tough spot. There is no sea-tow or coast guard around here to call. You are on your own.

The waves had stirred up some gunk from the bottom of their fuel tank and had clogged their fuel line. They had tried to clear it, but where unsuccesful. They could run their engine, but at anything over an idle it would quit. If they sucked up any more dirt, the fuel line could clog completely and the engine wouldn't run at all.

As we came up to them, we offered to stay with them at least until they passed the cape and entered the bay. It wasn't something that we really wanted to do, but it is what we had to do. Hopefully we earned some karma points!

Shorftly after reached them, the wind died as promised. A small headwind even came up, too light to sail in but enough to nearly bring their forward motion to a standstill. Instead of the 7-8 knots we had been doing, we were now creeping along at about 2 knots! It may have been bad for us, adding another 10+ hours to our trip, but for our friends it was very stressful. There was a real chance that their engine would konk out completely.

We slowly crept towards Puerto Vallarta at a pace about half of a slow walk√Č

I went down for my sleep shift at around midnight and came back on watch about five hours later. It looked like we had hardly moved, with the same lighthouse still flashing in the dark off our beam. This was a really painful way to travel.

Luckily for our friends, a bit of wind came up and they were able to motor-sail at a whopping 3.5 knots now. We entered the bay and were on the last 20 miles to the LaCruz Marina. About this time they were confident that they would make it so we peeled off for Punta de Mita, near the N entrance to the bay, anchored at about 9am, instead of the expected 3am, and slept!

We have now moved 12 NM further into the bay and are anchored off of the small town of LaCruz. This is where we will test all critical parts of the boat, buy needed spares, buy LOTS of food, and then head off into the great pacific ocean next month.

Before we depart I will put up a few blog posts with background information on our route and on the cool technology that we have on board to let us communicate and get our necessary weather files.

Tomorrow, it's time for the first of the big Costco runs for provisions! I bet that we completely fill the taxi.

By the way, our friends on Adagio did make it to LaCruz and collapsed into sleep for nearly 24 hours. Their fuel line was totally clogged and the mechanics are still working on cleaning it. Next week they will have their fuel tanks cleaned and their fuel polished. A lesson for us all!
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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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Created 1 March 2016
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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Created 17 October 2014
Our time in the big city
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Created 17 October 2014
A few pics from our brief stop in this richie rich tourist town
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Created 17 October 2014
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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Created 26 June 2014
"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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