|Added pics to the last post in Zihuatenejo. Be sure to check there.
Last Monday we left Zihuatenejo for fuel in Ixtapa, and an overnight stay at Isla Grande. Unfortunately the anchorage didn't look good and last visit here was not the best due to swinging around the anchor. So off we went at about noon headed for Manzanillo on an overnight run. I got sick after Sail Fest with a cold/flu...just wore myself out. So I wasn't looking forward to this run, but we had to get going north. After about 7 hours the seas and wind kept building. We had to turn around and head an hour back to Lazaro Cardenas, a huge shipping port. Just inside the breakwall was a great little anchorage where we were all alone. By morning light we took off again to make more headway. Second day at this, seas were still large 6-8 ft., but wind was better. By the afternoon the winds were building to 25kts. and seas were getting bigger. We were taking green water over the bow and down the decks. Everything got a good salt water bath with the exception of the front half of the cockpit. I still felt horrible and we decided to stop at a really rolly anchorage, Bahia Maurata instead of continuing on at our 3kt. pace against the seas. Left in morning darkness to try, try again and we got lucky. The whole day was a nice sail to Manzanillo. We can never take the ocean for granted. We do now have a good sense of what our boat can take and we are happy with the results.
Went out for a nice dinner near Las Hadas last night and got some much needed rest. Today we will head for Santiago Bay, just 3 miles from here to meet up with friends there. By Saturday we will be off and running again as we are nomads after all.