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s/v Code Blue – Trip to Zihuatanejo February 13, 2014

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2014.
Giant marlin sailfish in Manzanillo centro area near the big ships for cargo, notice the background ship.

Giant marlin sailfish in Manzanillo centro area near the big ships for cargo, notice the background ship.

From PV & La Cruz to Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa

1-28 La Cruz to Tenacatita 129 miles, Sailed 81, Motor 48

Tenacatita to Barra Navidad Marina 15 miles motoring

Barra Navidad to Zihuatanejo 216 miles, 87 sailed, 129 motoring Over all 46.7% sailing, 53.3% motoring

Weather was good going south, we actually had enough wind to sail a decent amount with a broad reach and the last part was dead down with a pole out and our jib. Winds were too high for our asymmetrical. When motoring we had a knot plus of current with us too. Maybe we’ll be bashing back north to PV. We’ll See.

In Tenacatita we had about 35 boats anchored. Robert is the designated mayor of the anchorage with wife Virginia. We’ve met them before in Mazatlan. Robert heads up the Bocce ball, happy hour, dinghy potluck raft up and organizes the net controllers. We tested the endurance of our Torqueedo electric motor with a trip into the town of La Manzanilla. Flat calm water of about 3 ½ miles with no problems. While we had lunch at Joe’s Bar, I charged up the Torqueedo battery with permission of Joe but he said he’d charge me for the electricity use. Fine I let him know it only used 1.8 amps at 110 volts. I didn’t think to ask him how much electricity cost but I was sure it was less than 46 cents a kilowatt. On the meal receipt he added 40 pesos as I asked if it was ok to charge it while we went to the Crocodile Park about another hour. I asked him how he came up with 40 pesos and he said he looked at his meter before and after I plugged it in and he said it was going very fast after I plugged it in and started telling me about how much his electric bill was etc. etc. I tried to explain that an hours worth of charging the battery was only about 200 watts at most so 1/5 of a kilowatt, probably 10 cents at most if his kilowatts were 50 cents each. We agreed to disagree. He charged me 20 pesos about $1.54 for the amount I used and I unplugged the battery. Judy took a tour of the park while I used their electricity to charge the battery.

The park didn’t look too good and I saw 3 good sized crocs from the entrance. Judy came back after 15 minutes and said we better leave as the ocean winds had whipped up to 20 knots or so she noticed when she went up to a platform to overlook the lake they had. We headed back to the dinghy and also noticed the surf had come up quite a bit to.

We put all our glasses, wallets in with the semi water proof backpack. We pushed the dinghy out by hand and Judy jumped in just as a wave came up over the bow and partially filled the dinghy. I jumped in and noticed the magnet key was washed overboard from the motor control. Judy placed the oars into position and proceeded rowing. I got out the spare magnet key and got the motor going. We made it past the breaker point and were both soaked, but the computers were dry. We tied the magnet down inside a plastic bag and some line from the hauling bridle as this was the last key with us and we had some exciting wind and waves for our 3 ½ mile return trip. I forget the numbers exactly but we used about 16% of the charge to go to town, We got about 6% extra from the charging on shore. We were at 80% starting out. We used 58% to get back to the boat against the wind and waves plus went a bit faster to make it in time for the dinghy raft up. We got to the boat, went to the raftup and by the end of the evening we were down to 12%.

The raftup was in a very calm cove with an anchor Robert had setup. About 22 dinks showed up, we passed our appetizers around in shotgun start formation, each dink passing their app to the boat on the right. After the food went in a complete circle we each stood in turn to introduce ourselves, talk about our boat for a bit, Why we like sailing, and or what we didn’t like about sailing if we wanted. Then we introduced our talent with show and tell for the most part. Some like us forgot to bring an example of our talent. Several folks were into music playing and or singing. Bead and jewelry making, a couple of poets, tie dye, and Judy described her quilt making plus another quilt maker was in the group. I played another fellows shell horn. Besides s/v Harmony with Robert and Virginia we knew about five boats in the anchorage from other locations.

The next morning we headed to Barra Navidad Marina on 2-1 as the next day was Super Bowl. This was a 15 mile motor and we couldn’t reach the marina via VHF, so got s/v Legacy (my weather person when I was net controller the day before on VHF) to help us out and they got us a spot right next to s/v Snowaway another Caliber 40 LRC. Moorage was 90 cents a foot a day for 3 days or more plus tax and electricity. We didn’t plug in as our solar panels were more than adequate. Full use of the four pools with towels, tennis courts and two hot tubs was included. Resort was rated 4 ½ star. 20 pesos round trip per person to the town of Barra Navidad across the lagoon outlet. On the 2nd, we went with Richard and Karen of s/v Snowaway to the town of Melaque by bus a few miles and did the beach, town square and some of the shops including the Hawaii Store which had a good assortment of groceries with gringo amenities. On the way back we stopped in at Ramon’s Restaurant at Barra Navidad for chili rellenos, 20 peso beers and the Super Bowl. It was a one sided affair but coming from Seattle we liked the ending 43 to 8 against the Broncos.

The next day we took the dinghy and toured the canals of Navidad, explored the town some more then headed back. On the forth we left the marina and headed to Zihuatanejo with Sailfest going on big time. This was their 13th year I think with raising thousands of dollars (pesos) for kids in and around Z town to help with education costs, new schools and the like. One of the things they do is the cruising community offers up their boats to people who pay 300 pesos each to ride on a sailboat or power boat for the afternoon. They can also pay to sail in the Wednesday regatta. They do a parade headed by the Port Captain at 11am then do a circle around Z town, then head to Ixtapa for a circle around in front of the beach, then the port captain stops and the boats do a salute to the Port Captain as they pass by. Most of the boats are decked out with signal flags, Yacht club burgees & HaHa flags and such. Then they go sailing for the afternoon around the area and come back in around 4pm or so.

Another event well attended event is the Chili Cook-off. Restaurants and groups make a chili, people buy a five taste script for 50 pesos. Taste the chili they decide on and vote for the best with small poker chips. A Canada group we voted for seemed to be doing the best. The chili makers also give taste cups of different tequila during the event and there is a silent auction for many restaurant dinners, merchandise and artwork.

Zihuatenajo to Manzanillo near Las Hadas anchorage 198 miles total, 196 motor, 2 via asymmetrical (heading back north)

Mostly a motor job in very light winds clocking around during the day. We messed around with the asymmetrical to use up time, so we could come in under morning sun with 38 hours of motoring. Anchorage is surrounded by mostly hotels or condos, a lot of small units interconnected above the marina with Med moorings and a dinghy dock. Five boats in the anchorage, now four as our buddy s/v Aeoli left while we were eating French toast in the cabin. He knew who we were as he called my name to say hi after our anchor was down. I was planning to motor over when we headed to the dock. There is a Jack Hammer back hoe that is hammering away at a cliff rock for new units that usually is in operation from 8am to 6pm

Steve and Judy

s/v Code Blue
Hadas Bay, near Manzanillo

Code Blue is about 20,000 miles over all, with Engine Hours of 2960.4, Trip miles since leaving Seattle 5690. We’re headed back to Paradise Village near PV, hopefully soon to do the Puddle Jump to South Pacific in March.

Steve and Judy




1. pam driscoll - February 13, 2014

sounds wonderful! except for the crocks!!!

2. ron collins - February 14, 2014

Hey Captain Dauzy and shipmate Judy

I have been reading your adventures, much better
than my adventures/boring tasks here at Boeing.
You two really make a good crew and seem to watch each others back.
We sure envy all that warmth and sunshine. Looks like you left all that stress back home. I am so in need of the 3 R`s -relax, retreat,revive.
I will be 65 in July,but still have a few goals to accomplish before I enjoy my golden years.
Having a retirement plan that you can afford to live on is sure a good feeling. Also having a shipmate that is a good sailor and best friend/wife helps alot too. Valentines day so treat each other.

Viva a Mexico and all that jaz.

adios Amigos- Ron-Helen

3. Capt.Jerry Stephensonm - February 16, 2014

You guys missed a great Valentines’ Day HH at Cuoco’s in Seattle. Sounds like things are going more smoothly now. Keep safe.

4. Becky and Jim H. - March 26, 2014

Jude and Steve, today Mar 26. Great adventure. Finally back to Anacortes reality and checking in on you two. Who by now have probably begun your crossing. If that is so you or someone can get that out. beckyhowdy@yahoo.com

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