Month: March 2015

Passage notes – La Cruz to Chamela to Paraiso

s/v YOLO got underway on Sunday at 4:00pm for Bahia Chamela, a distance of about 100 miles. We set full canvas with winds at 7-8 knots out of the NW. Shortly thereafter, things got exciting. Sustained winds of 33 knots piped up, seemingly out of “nowhere”. This is the most wind we have been in and I think we handled it quite well. After letting the mainsheet out quite a bit to spill the wind force, we furled the 150% genny by a few turns. YOLO found a comfortable gallop of about 6.5 knots with a nice heel to port. Upon reflecting on the cause of the sudden wind change out of “nowhere”, I realized that we had been in the shadow of Punta De Mita and only after clearing that land mass did the winds increase to what we experienced.

As we progressed southwesterly across Banderas Bay, the winds slowly eased. While enjoying a tasty salad in the cockpit, we had another moment of excitement. We heard/felt a good bump on the bow and then about 6 seconds later, one on the stern, with a slight lifting action of the entire boat. My first thought was we had just been hit by a whale. But now, with all focus on the waters behind us, we saw the culprit. A GIANT tree. We literally ran over a tree (roots and all) in the ocean. We failed to get pictures, as Court and I were in the cabin down below, conducting a damage report. Fortunately, other than scraping a bit of bottom paint off the bow, s/v YOLO was still a seaworthy vessel. It was fortunate that we were still sailing at this point, with the motor off and prop not spinning. Furthermore, had we been in a sailboat without a skeg-hung rudder, the outcome could have also been quite different. All part of the ADVENTURE!

Nearing Cabo Corrientes at sunset, with light and variable winds, we fired up the motor. Other than a fairly large swell and strong northwesterly currents, the overnight passage was uneventful. This is how we like a night passage to go…uneventful.

We pulled into Bahia Chamela, Perula anchorage, at 11:15am and dropped anchor. We had a lazy day on the boat, as the surf break was too daunting to attempt with the dinghy. I took the kids for a swim around the boat and practiced our snorkeling.

On Tuesday morning, we hoisted the anchor and proceeded 8 miles south to Paraiso. We skirted around some scenic coastal islands in Bahia Chamela and quickly entered the next bay where our destination lay.


Here in Paraiso, we have our own private beach. It is complete with snorkeling, hiking, hermit crabs, a tarantula that loves to watch us play, and a grove of palm trees for hanging the hammock and great shade. The name is, as advertised, PARADISE, albeit with a side of ROLL…as in super ROLLY anchorage.


We are anticipating the arrival of our buddy boat s/v Terrapin, this afternoon. We will spend one more night before heading south to Tenacatita.

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La Cruz- Kid Mecca!

So we’ve figured out where the other live aboard kids reside!  La Cruz was a dream come true for Presley who’s been begging for social interaction since we moved aboard.  There have been a handful of kids met along our voyage south from San Carlos, but we are all going in different directions, so it’s been short lived.  We met a our first set of live aboard families in Nuevo Vallarta and roughly a dozen more families when we moved over to La Cruz (about a 2 hour sail from Paradise Village). Our stay in La Cruz consisted of lots of kiddie play dates, a beach bonfire, and our annual get together with the Bumfuzzles.


Our first day in La Cruz we headed to Sayulitas with s/v Terrapin.  The kids loved the chocolate  bananas they are famous for.


La Cruz offers a “silks” class for 40 pesos per child or roughly $6 for both kids to attend.  The kids climb these silk ropes and we went and had a drink at a nearby bar….win/win.


Movie night aboard YOLO.




There was a beach bonfire for the kids one night that included lots of ‘smores, pizza, and the releasing of Chinese lanterns.


The kids also created their own musical instruments and provided music for the evening.

We were also able to meet up with our awesome friends the Bumfuzzles!  It’s become a bit of an annual get together at somewhere random in Mexico.  First Mazatlan, this year La Cruz. The kids loved seeing each other again.


Really hoping this leaf is not poisonous (apologize for the blurriness of these photos…I had had a couple of X-Large Margs by this point).


Presley takes a digger or she’s just crawling on the ground…either way, she’s entertained.


Notice Ouest’s shoe/blowout here…I’m starting to see a pattern.


Lots of love.


By some miracle, no one was hurt for the duration of the dinner.


s/v Terrapin, s/v YOLO and r/v Bumfuzzle (+Gramma Linda & Bridgette the dog) represent!



We found this gem in a dirt lot if you can believe it.  Papa Gil, it’s your next boat.

We loved meeting other live aboard families and I have a sneaking suspicion this will not be our last visit to La Cruz.

*** Unfortunately we were unable to write a blog about our month long stay at Paradise Village in Puerto Vallarta because all our pictures were on our camera that went swimming!  We hope to post a blog on our visit with the grandparents once we are able to retrieve those pictures.IMG_2308

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