Sailing Mango

Not Jumping

One of the things that people told us while planning our cruise was how quickly you make friends. It is true. We have friends, good friends, who are sailing to French Polynesia in two days. That ...

Jack Knife

"Hey we heard you guys are in Paradise Village. Do you have time today for a visit?" Loosely this is a message we got about an hour before we were going to leave Paradise Village, in Nuevo Vallar...

Teak Decks

(With a nod to Gary Larson) "Ah, you are new hear. What is your name?", said a woman with a clipboard. Clearing my throat, I said, "Hi. My name is Scott, and I have teak decks." "Hi Scott", the o...

Anchoring Joy, or We Found A Panga In Tenacatita!

After our balls to the wall entrance into Tenacatita, where we had a jib sheet override and all full sails up in twenty knots while running out of water, we were not excited to spend a whole lot of...

Biscuit And The Electric Fish

A mom came to our boat, we will call her J, and invited us to a dinghy potluck. I heard her call out, "hello!". I popped on deck to find her in full snorkel gear swimming off of our boat. She had a...

Bahia Chamela to Bahia Tenacatita

The wind was blowing twenty knots in the bay, we had all full sails up and doing eight to eight and half knots. I had just neatly caused an override on the jib sheet so we couldn’t furl the jib, an...

Mango Anecdote 11

A friend told me that while at a quiet anchor or off shore, she will cook pasta in sea water. What a great way to save on fresh water! Clever me, here at an isolated anchorage without another boa...

What Do The Tourists Think?

Yesterday, after we were settled in Bahia de Chamela, a few pangas zoomed by us loaded up with what looked like tourists going out for a dive. Chamela has a bunch of little rocky islands, and repor...

Distance At Night

My watch started at midnight. Kristen woke me up a little before, I brushed teeth and put on water for coffee. Kristen reviewed her watch with me, nothing much had happened, and went below. I made ...

At Anchor, Finally

Today was another rough day in La Cruz. The sound of a certain boy trying to coerce certain dogs into his bunk woke me around 6:30. It made me smile to listen to his attempts, but around 7:00 I too...