Rum Doodle joined us for the evening at False Bay, just a few miles out of La Paz, as the underwater area on Sonrisa needed a serious scrub after several weeks at anchor. Pauline, considerately cooked up a feast for us all as she knew that in the morning we would be off early to La Cruz, in Banderas Bay some 350 miles to the south on the Mexican mainland.
It was a quiet, motoring start as we headed first North, then East and finally South East down Cerralvo Channel, finally sailing at dusk in a pleasant 15 knot northerly, unfortunately this then proceeded to pick up to 30 knots overnight making for a rather boisterous, but fast, first day. Somewhat more than the forecast 20 knots, the following day was again bouncy, with the boys having their first cases of ‘Mal de Mer’. The wind finally abated on the final afternoon and night, as we passed Islas Tres Marias, and then entered The La Cruz marina early in the morning of the 3rd day, nothing broken, though for the first time ever we had some splashes from behind in the flybridge.
Mike and Dede on Joss, were in the marina to greet us and show us around. The small town of La Cruz, is pleasantly residential, being some distance out of Puerto Vallarta and the mega tourist resorts. Some, laundry, (long) hot showers, several visits to the local taco restaurant, general tidy-up and a cheap hull polish took care of 5 days.
We are now comfortably anchored off Punta Mita, at the Northern entrance to Banderas Bay and some 7 miles from La Cruz. A sleepy resort town, with several easy surf breaks around the bay makes us all happy. The main activity is SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) and longboards which means there is a rather more relaxed atmosphere in the water than at ‘gung ho’ short board breaks, with most of the participants being somewhat more aged. We all look forward to getting the hang of the SUP while the boys are having a ball in the easy shore break using the boogie boards – I suspect we will be here for several weeks.