Saturday, February 21, 2009

Made it to Mazatlan! 2.21.09

We had a long, hard passage the remaining way to Mazatlan. The weather was predicted to be ‘flat calm’, with winds no greater than 10 knots. Well…as someone said to me before….Mother Nature was definitely still in charge this evening and had different plans! We left the anchorage at 11am expecting a 20 hour crossing. The wind was great as we left – between 5 to 10 knots, right on the nose (of course) and the seas were a bit choppy, no problem. The problem was it kept building…and building! For most of the evening it was 20-25 knots of wind with a very lumpy sea, making the crossing pretty uncomfortable. It wasn’t ‘horrible’, just not fun. We left a couple of hours ahead of M/V Wanderer but they caught up with us around 3am. We kept in radio contact the entire evening and they ended up pulling into the dock about 45 minutes ahead of us.

When we arrived at the dock, it was like coming home! Several friends were on the finger ready to catch our lines and then we spent an hour or so just chatting & catching up! We still had to secure & put the boat away from the passage – rinsing down the decks, fixing the sail covers, & all that stuff….and we were starved by the time we finally went up for breakfast around 11am. After the crazy passage, we laughed as we talked to Tom & Gail from Wanderer and it still felt as though we were moving! We hadn’t recovered our ‘land legs!’ When we made it back to the boat from chatting with everyone, we were exhausted – 22 hours is a long time! We both went down for a nap and woke up just in time for dinner & a movie and back to bed. It will be better tomorrow…

We’re glad to be back…


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