|The night before we arrived
in Acapulco we lost a belt on the main engine and had to shut it
down. We ghosted along in light airs for most of the
night and some of the morning while we waited for the engine to cool
enough to change the belt. That day we saw lots of turtles and
most of them had a small tern standing on their back (but they were
too far to photograph).
first night in Acapulco we had drinks on board Amorita, a lovely
Kettenberg 50 (Joel, Rochelle,
Kimberly and Nathaniel aboard).
We first met this
family in the south anchorage at Turtle Bay. We didn't have time
to stop and talk that time, as we were trying to leave Turtle
|In Acapulco we met cruisers who were to
become friends all the way down the coast: Mary,
Lou, Emily, Martin on Ace
and Cloudagh on Chipita.
||Here are the boys holding
up the walls at the Acapulco Anthropological Museum
On Easter, we went to Mass. As we came
out of the church and started walking down the street, we were
approached by several men bearing brochures. They said they
would pay us $200 to attend a sales pitch on time-shares (NO, not
Time-shares, they insisted) at the Mayan Palace. As Luc was
lusting after a surf board, I said, 'hey, there's your money,
Luc!' So we agreed to come and listen to their sales
pitch. What an experience! Each time we listened and then
said, 'No, thanks', they transferred us to a different sales person.
We went through at least 4 different sales routines before we finally
got our money and left. One of the sales reps was just incensed
at us, 'You're just here for the money, you don't really want to buy
anything!' Well, duh...
The day we left Acapulco was a day so
sublime its hard for me to believe this is my life. I woke to George and Lucas
stowing for sail, laughing and goofing as they do every morning. We planned to leave Acapulco,
bound for Huatulco, within the hour.
I put on
a pareo, and moved into leisurely stow mode. We left about 9:30 am and had a glorious sail, full main, big genoa, self-steering all day long. George took his shower on the
aft deck, and he is so lean and strong and gorgeous, I can’t even
potato/onion/ham/ sweet pepper frittatas with sour cream for lunch and
Acapulco take-out meatball sandwiches for dinner.
wonderful sailing, quiet, we saw 3 tropicbirds, with their trailing
tail feathers, many blue-footed
boobies. Several Brown boobies tried to land on the bowsprit, and some
even made it.
reefed the main before dark, rolled the genny and started the motor as
seas were confused. It
was black dark, no moon, lots of stars.
of wonders! The dolphins! Lots of bioluminescence in the
water, so we can see them clearly, long comet tails as they flash by,
green light outlining torpedo bodies as they cross and leap and dance,
beautifully designed, a work of
or 20 dolphins played with us for about 45 minutes, and dolphins
appeared every hour or so all night long. What
a fabulous life! I hung
over the rail with Lucas laughing at the sheer beauty and grace of
dolphins. I can hear
their whistle/squeak from inside the boat as they call out to each
I saw this great circle of bioluminescence in the water, it
looked like a swimming pool lit from beneath.
I think a whale footprint…