12/26 Checked in with Port Captain, Migracion.
12/28 To Puntarenas by bus to check in with Aduana. They moved to Caldera.
12/29 By bus to check out marina at Jaco. It is in Bahia Herradura. No buses, no
facilities, a $4 taxi ride from Jaco.
1/14 Got rudder post repaired at Taller Sammy Manley in Puntarenas. Installed
coffer's dam yesterday, and rudder bearing and rudder today. 1/2 mile
sail to check rudder. It works!
2/1/01 Michael and Kathleen anchored "III Sheets to the Wind" next to me and
came to visit.
2/4 Luke and Fenton on "Jackfish" anchored next to me.
2/13 Visited Bushie, Aru, Micus, and Riun on "Yetagan" from South Africa.
Totally beautiful people.
2/23 Demonstration sail with Jerry Purcell. Beautiful sail. No sale. 4 nm.
3/7 Left Quepos 0950
GPS 9 degrees 23.828' N 84 degrees 16.313'W
Sextant 9 degrees 24.8"N 85 degrees 20' W
Sailed 54 miles, went on motor to clear Cabo Blanco. Didn't sleep all night.
Beam reach Punta Judas to Cabo Blanco, 20 - 25 knots Steep seas in wind
against incoming tide. "GIFT" rode it easily with just a reefed jib. Balanced.
Motored to Bahia Carrillo so I can sleep.
3/8 Arrived Bahia Carillo at 1100. Papagallos 20 - 25 knots. I will wait out this
3/9 Left Bahia Carrillo at NOON:30 Motored to Punta Guiones under westerlies
almost on the nose. Winds shifted at Punta Guiones, went on a port tack on a
course of 270 degrees to 290 degrees. "GIFT" raced the sun, Saturn and Jupiter
to the western horizon. They all beat me. Now "GIFT" is on balanced sails on a
moonlit sea. A favorable current makes the course made good close to 305
degrees. The current is 2 knots.
3/10 Sailed all night, becalmed at times. Motored only to get around shoals.
Anchored under sail at NOON o'clock in Flamingo Bay. 53 nm.
3/11 0800 Met with Jerry Purcell and Jim McKee. Costa Rica requires that
seller obtain a certified copy of the title at the Costa Rican Consulate in Los
Angeles. Left at 0900. Arrived Playa del Cocos at 1130. Sailed most of the way.
Saw a whale, probably a Sperm Whale, off Punta Gorda. 13 nm.
3/15 Upped anchor at 0530. Left Playa del Coco on a mousy south wind. Changed
sails. The fly of the working jib needs sewing. Becalmed for a while, but then
WSW winds of 5 - 6 knots set in. Tracked 312 degrees.
NOON: GPS 10 degrees 43.267'N 85 degrees 47.052'W
Sextant 10 degrees 05..2'N 86 degrees 27.0'W
I missed LAN (local apparent noon)
Weather reports claim benign winds on the Caribbean side. Near Bat Islands
motored for 1/2 hr, then N winds set in. It was blasting near the islands, but when
clear of Little Bat Island wind was N 8 - 10 knots. "GIFT" balanced to 312
degrees. 1710 down came the Costa Rican flag, up went the Nicaraguan flag.
Late evening 15 - 18 knot easterlies set in, mellowing as the night wore on.
3/16 Easterlies still with me. Weather reports look benign for the next few days.
Covered 60 miles in 24 hours. Good sleep last night.
0530 3/15 - NOON 3/16 74.4 nm.
GPS 11 degrees 32.493'N 86 degrees 28.05'W
Sextant 11 degrees 46' N 86 degrees 47'W
SW wind 8 - 10 knots in afternoon, becalmed 2 hours in evening. Then
E winds set in.
3/17 St. Pat's Day E winds increased to 15 - 18 knots for a few hours.
NOON GPS 12 degrees 06.248'N 87 degrees 04.019'W
Sextant 12 degrees 24'N 86 degrees 50' W.
NOON - NOON 48.7 nm.
Afternoon winds were NE and light. Spent most of the night bobbing in circles.
At 0250 a little storm came through with gusts to 20 knots and light rain, After
the storm it was NE winds 15 - 18 knots until about 0800 3/18.
3/18 Bouncy seas, wind shrieking in the rigging. Mellowed out by 1000. Began
motoring at 1130 ti arrive at Barillas Marina in daylight hours and to beat a
weater window that may close out Monday evening.
1115 N12 degrees 32.048' W 87 degrees 37.096'
NOON 3/17 - 1115 3/18 41 nm.
Spent the Gulf of Fonseca sailing off shore and back in mousy NW winds.
3/19 Motored 0530 to 1430 to Barillas Marina. Ran the dragon's mouth with GPS
waypoints 67.1 nm.
Barillas Marina! Wow! Hot showers! Moorings! Complete check-in
at the marina! N 13 degrees 15.761' W 88 degrees 29.342'
4/8/01 Left Barillas Marina 0730 in convoy with three other boats piloted by a panga
from Barillas Marina. Beyond the shoals at 0945. SE wind 6 - 8 knots, increased
to 10 - 12 knots for a while. Night time winds were 8 - 10 knots on the nose.
4/9 Becalmed in the morning, motored 3 hrs.
NOON 13 degrees 02.046'N 89 degrees 21.003'W
0730 4/8 - NOON 4/9 64.9 nm.
E wind 6 - 8 knots 1000 to noon. Wind clocked around to WNW at sundown.
4/10 Wind WNW all night. Clocked to N at 0230. Four guys in a panga stopped to
talk. Winds are clocking again. N in the morning, E in the midday, W in the late
afternoon and WNW in the evening and all night.
NOON 13 degrees 03.451'N 89 degrees 53.132'W 34 nm.
1600 hrs. Up went the Guatemala flag. Three booby birds are perched on my
bow pulpit. The booby birds figure I am harmless. They let me move about the
boat without becoming alarmed. I sat next to one to adjust the tiller and touched
its tailfeathers before it moved.
4/11 Mousy winds on the nose. Motored some.
NOON N 13 dsegrees 12.078' 90 degrees 30.4323' W 37 nm.
Now my booby crew is up to four.
4/12 Sailed N all night to close in on the shore. Abreast Puerto Quetzal at 1000.
NOON to NOON 53 nm.
4/13 Winds on the nose yesterday. Motored a lot.
NOON 14 degrees 01.560'N 91 degrees 40.214' W 45 nm.
It is Friday! I don't want to arrive in Puerto Madero on the weekend.
Tried working off shore to miss shoal water. Finally the wind died. Couldn't
sail. Didn't want to motor. The water was only 53 feet deep so I anchored!
It was bouncy but I had a good night's sleep.
4/14 Ghosted out of shoals on an off shore wind. A travelling wind picked up in the
NOON N 13 degrees 56.540' W 91 degrees 57.062' W 26 nm.
Motored some at night.
4/15 Ghosted on off shore breeze, motored some. Becalmed.
NOON 14 degrees 21.484'N 92 degrees 15.684'W 32 nm.
Noon up went the Mexican flag. Actually crossed the border at 1500.
Orbited all night to avoid entering harbor on a weekend.
4/16 Motored into Madero. Anchored 0930 by the Port Captain's office.
N 14 degrees 42.272' W 92 degrees 24.354' 24 nm.
4/19 Left Puerto Madero 0645
NOON GPS 14 degrees 53.248' N 92 degrees 37.085'W
Sextant 15 degrees 0.00' N 92 degrees 19'W
4/20 Friendly travelling wind S - SW 8 - 10 knots. An easterly blew all night.
0645 4/19 - NOON 4/20 79.9 nm.
Travelling wind swung to a nose wind. Anchored in 56' of water.
N 15 degrees 45.554' W 93 degrees 34.223'
Anchor line got wrapped around the keel. Made a night dive to free it.
Phospheresence had the whole job lit up like a light show!
4/21 Motored for 5 hrs. Usual SW wind set in for the afternoon. All indications
are for a good crossing of the Gulf of Tehuantepec.
NOON 4/20 - NOON 4/21 38 nm.
4/22 N wind 18 - 20 knots in the morning.
NOON 4/21 - NOON 4/22 73.7 nm.
Easy sailing in the afternoon. Planning to arrive in Huatulco in daylight hours
4/23 Winds died. Becalmed all night. Motored 18 miles into Huatulco.
NOON 4/22 - 0826 4/23 50 nm.
4/25 Two hour sail offshore with Mundo and Jose 3 nm.
4/28 One hour with Mundo and Jose looking for wind. 2 nm.
5/6 Beautiful sail with Juan and Liz 3 nm.
5/13 Beautiful sail with Enrique LaCollet and his wife. 3nm.
5/14 Made deal with Juan Ongay and two others to sell "WIND GIFT"
5/15 Sold to Juan Ongay
Total Cruise Mileage: 4,656 Nautical Miles