4 turned over NORDHAVN in excellent condition as they passed
the baton to crew five. We received a clean, freshly oiled
and fueled little ship. Gary went grocery shopping to reprovision
on Thursday while Dennis and I were given our orientation
from Mike and Dan. We had "Coyote", a local entrepreneur deliver
additional oil and coolant. We were joined by Courtney Freeman,
senior editor for Yachting Magazine, yesterday afternoon.
Courtney is doing an article about some of the destination
resorts frequented in Mexico by yachtsmen, while traveling
aboard part of the final leg of NORDHAVN'S circumnavigation.
This gives crew five the opportunity to stop in a few places
that we would have otherwise passed by. Weather permitting,
we plan to stop in Manzanillo (Las Hadas), Bahia Navidad (very
briefly) and Puerto Vallarta where Courtney will leave us.
Given these stops and NORDHAVN'S range, we plan to top our
fuel tanks off in Puerto Vallarta and bypass Cabo San Lucas
altogether. All of this is subject to change based on the
fact that we are cruising in hurricane country during the
beginning of the season. Senior Marcas, the harbor master
in Acapulco cleared us out the to Puerto Vallarta. While clearing
and glancing at passports, the captain became slightly offended
to see how senior he is to his crew.
last night was at La Frigata, an open air restaurante recommended
by Coyote, frequented by locals. After eating the food and
listening to a Mexican rock band, we wondered if Coyote didn't
have some vested interest. This was followed by watching the
cliff divers, then back to NORDHAVN to get a good night's
sleep before our departure Friday morning. Lots of rain last
night. As we prepared to leave this morning we noticed that
we had an extra crew member aboard on the bow. He was fury
had a long tail and appeared to be well fed. Fortunately our
doors were closed so he was not able to join us below last
night. With four of us on board at the moment there wasn't
a proper bunk available for him. We escorted our visitor back
to the docks and left the docks at 06:50. The weather is cloudy,
unsettled and steamy. We left Club de Yates Acapulco, turned
west passing through the Boca Chica strait, past Punta Lorenz
then making our right turn to begin the "uphill" slog up the
coast. We are thrilled, but almost embarrassed to report that
we have calm and following seas with just enough wind to cool
things down, allowing the air conditioning to be shut down.
is on a magnetic heading of 295 degrees, SOG 7.8, rpm 1,750.
Our plan is to hug the coast, picking up a counter current
and allowing us to make a quick right turn to a port of refuge
if a tropical storm develops.
hope that our next report includes the same benign conditions
we are currently enjoying.
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