Viva La Mexico

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@Anchor Bahia De Isla Mujeres
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Recouperated & Fixed Boat Issues

Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Friday, May 13, 2011

We left Key West around 13.45 hours and buddy sailed with Dylan, Ronan & Mark on Uluwatu.
After almost 4 days at sea, which is our longest passage on Windwalker, we arrived somewhat exhausted in the very beautiful Isla Mujeres Mexico.

The 1st part of the trip was so picture perfect, almost no wind, clear blue sky and matching blue ocean.  Gently motoring almost as fast as the flying fish that were escorting us.  The odd one actually hitched a ride, as we hugged the coast to avoid the worst of the Gulf Stream current.

Not long out we caught our 1st big fish, a 4 foot barracuda.   Hell of a fight and some very nasty teeth to deal with getting the lure back.

As we sailed on the wind increased to where we could motor sail quite nicely and then it grew a little more to where we were sailing quite quickly.  Of course the current and wind then conspired to make us earn our passage, as the wind reached over 20 knots and the seas became more uncomfortably choppy.  We felt every hard slap on Windwalker's Hull as if it was a blow to the stomach, but she handled it well.  We were flying along and had to slow down for Uluwatu as they have a much smaller main sail.  Later the wind was right on the stern and Uluwatu set there massive  Spinnaker and took off away from us, as I was to cautious/Lazy to fly ours.

At one stage I admit to being a little mesmerized by the lights on big Tanker and was snapped back to reality by a rather strange radio call from Mark on Uluwatu.  When I looked over I could have passed him a beer without stretching.  Well maybe not that close, but "Otto" had decided to take a rest and forgot to tell me, so we were drifting very quickly onto Uluwatu.  those lonely night watches can do weird stuff to your head .  Lucky we were not BOTH halucinating at the same time.

Along the way we caught quite a few good fish and Carrick almost landed a massive Dolphin Fish or Mahi Mahi. It was at least 5 feet long and as the pics show both Carrick and I had to work hard together to hold on, sadly it gave a mighty acrobatic flip right near the boat and got away.  Later Carrick had a white Marlin on for about 1 minute, till it easily snapped the 100lb line even with the drag set.  Still we caught a heap of Bonito and other types of tuna family fish, all good big fish , but we let most go.

Anyway we are safely anchored now and after about 1 and 1/2 days as Illegal aliens we finally got our paperwork sorted and have officially entered Mexico. Just in time to exit Mexico.

We will miss this place it is a friendly town with lots of character and plenty of great people watching.  The local restaurants are great and the boys have had a very late night or early morning fling at the bars.  And would you believe all this way and they met 2 Ozzie Girls, small world.

It looks like we have one more day here, then off to Guatemala.  Another 3 to 4 days at sea, hopefully a little less chop on the water, but looks like motoring or motor sailing.  We part with Dylan and the Uluwatu crew along the way as they head for Panama.  We will miss sailing along side them.
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