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2012 Season

Red Dolphin has been very active. We have been researching many ports of call throughout Pacific Mexico and enjoying the heck out of it at the same time. Starting in mid-February Chris  Powell and I drove down to Mazatlan. After  a quick refurbishment of the boat, Joe Ledbetter joined us. We then headed off for Mazatlan. We sailed to Ballandra Bay for an overnighter and then a two-day sail to Marina Mazatlan. After just a few days Joe and Chris took off for various destinations, while my wife Pamela flew in.

Pamela and I reprovisioned the boat and had the autopilot drive gears repaired by Rick Cummins, here at Marina Mazatlan. We left the marina for a one-month cruise to La Cruz Huanacaxtle (Marina Riviera Nayarit). What a great cruise. We visited Matanchen Bay and the town of Chacala, both on the way to La Cruz, and on the way back. We also anchored at Stone Island anchorage going and coming. Our only disappointment was in not being able to stop at Isla Isabel to see the Blue-footed Boobies. Way too bad, in both cases we passed close bye to the island, but were not able to stop due to high winds.

We found that rounding the point at Punta de Mita is quite treacherous. Good charts, both paper and electronic are essential. Waves break all around the point to about 3/4 of a mile out.

Once in Banderas Bay we were downwind to our new marina and our travel time to Marina Riviera Nayarit (the newest marina on the Pacific Coast) was only two hours from Punta de Mita.

We heard that the marina was expensive, but it is not as expensive as Marina Mazatlan, which still stands as the most expensive marina we have visited. The good news about either one is that they both have a full range of services.

We will leave Marina Mazatlan on May 8 and head back for La Paz and Marina de La Paz, the home of Red Dolphin. Once again we have truly enjoyed our stay in Mexico. The people here have been overwhelming in their help and friendship.

A couple of new books will be coming out. One will be a Cruiser’s Guide to La Paz, and the other will be book on sailing Mexico. While not comprehensive, it will have a large body of information, especially for the first-time visitor to Mexico.

More soon.

Jim Duvall