Swan Song for PV
part of the adventure is coming to an end, and we’re about to start on the
next. It’s a bit sad to know that this stay in Puerto Vallarta is our last
visit for at least a few years. With our end-of-March departure for the
South Pacific, we’re here for our second Banderas Bay International
Regatta, and then all the vast preparations for the Big Passage to the
made only two stops on the way north from Zihuatanejo, the first in our
other favorite cruiser spot, Bahia Tenacatita. It was a mellow week, with
Signe working on her provisioning plan for our Pacific Passage, and Jan
completing some long-overdue
boat jobs like rehabbing the corroded hatch hardware. This warm,
salt-laden atmosphere in the tropics wreaks havoc on aluminum and even
stainless steel. But at least we don’t have teak to varnish!
restaurant ashore had a nice barbecue for the cruisers on Valentines Day,
and the crowd was big and happy. We became engaged on Valentines Day
several centuries ago, so it was fun when Ferdy of ‘Pipe Dream’ gave a
attention to his girlfriend Jutta,
who was sitting on a chair on top of a table. As the cheers rang out, he
proposed to her, she accepted, and he placed a ring (a little strange
looking . . .
black) on her finger. A little later, Ferdy had to confess that if the
marine head (toilet) started leaking again, he’d have to ask Jutta to give
the rubber O-ring back!
our way north from Tenacatita was no picnic. We started with a short
upwind leg to the little cove at Careyes for a couple nights’ rest.
There’s a beautiful hotel there, with a restaurant that has the best
Mexican cuisine we’ve ever had. So we spent two nights, of course.
day, with a single reef in the mainsail, we motorsailed north toward the
dreaded Cabo Corrientes. But a low-pressure area over the Mexican
highlands reinforced the regular northwest thermal winds along the coast,
and we spent several hours that afternoon in 25 knots on the nose (sailing
jargon for ‘lots of wind blowing from directly ahead of us’). The waves
built up to six to eight feet, and with Raven’s fast motorsailing speed we
were really pounding and banging uphill. We were glad to get snugged into
Ipala, a cove that’s a ‘vestibule’ for the cape, and rest for a night. By
leaving at zero-dark-thirty the next morning, we avoided the worst of the
afternoon winds, and managed to sneak around Cabo Corrientes before it
knew we were there. What a pleasure to round the corner into balmy
Jump fleet —
that’s the name Latitude 38, the cruisers’ magazine, has given to the
bunch of sailboats heading across to the South Pacific islands
was already well-organized and waiting for us, having had weekly meetings
for the previous month. We jumped right into the fray, and Jan led the
next meeting, entitled ‘Charts & Cruising Guides’, and compiled the fleet
the first thing we did in PV was to take Raven to the boatyard for a
haulout. Watching our beloved home suspended in nylon slings over the
concrete is still a very strange feeling, but Jan was less nervous this
time because we had a good experience at the same
yard last year. Our good friend and crewman,
Lindeman, flew down and supervised the
work, especially some important and complex
maintenance on the rudder. All went well, so Raven now has a smoothly
working rudder, a well-greased propeller, and a clean, sleek bottom, so
we’ll be fast for the upcoming regatta and the ocean passage.
stay here in Paradise Village Marina, the center of just about everything
related to sailing, until the end of March, including the Banderas Bay
Regatta. We had such a good time last year in the regatta that we’re going
to do it again, even in the middle of our preparations for our Pacific
the last Raven Log for Mexico 2001-2002. Our next log will be the first in
the next series . . . South Pacific Logs 2002.
Love . . .
Jan & Signe
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