Loreto, Cyclone Odile and Ben’s Birthday

The two weeks with Samatha around Loreto passed like a flash, what a wonderful character! The boys loved her company and we sat back while she kept us all smiling and occupied. The timing could not have been better as Samatha left on the Saturday and on Tuesday Cyclone Odile visited.

We decided to be alone in a protected anchorage on the west coast of Isla Carmen, while most other yachts in the area headed to Puerto Escondido. We measured a maximium wind speed of 52 Knots – some minor damage to the mainsail cover and a wind generator blade broke – all pretty harmless. Unfortunately in Porto Escondido, La Paz and Cabo they were not so lucky, six yachts in Escondido sunk or totaled, 3 dead in La Paz with numerous yachts damaged. While the wind and waves can be a problem, I find other yachts drifting around to be just as much of a hassle.
Ben’s 8th birthday on the 27th was a quiet day at Candeleros, presents then breakfast at the resort and late in the afternoon Grant and Denise joined us for our super hero party – I went as Super G – Super Grump ! Time marches on far too quickly, seems only days ago he was crawling around. No question, one has to make the most of every day – at least out here we can decide what to do each day while the rest of the world turns into shit.

Puerto Vallarta to La Paz and Loreto

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After the long 3 months in Europe we returned to a spotless and very tidy Sonrisa in Puerto Vallarta, care of Allison and Merle who did a wonderful job of keeping an eye on our home. A busy time while … Continue reading

La Nique, Canal Boat and Biarritz

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As the enjoyable 3 months in Europe finally ends at Toulouse airport, it is a pleasant time to reflect on the highlight of our trip, the week with the Lyon family at La Nique and a week on the Canal … Continue reading

Relaxing in France

The last several weeks have been extremely relaxing while wandering around the South of France.  A few days away from the boys gave Mel and I some ‘us’ time, though the boys were never far from our minds. A short visit to Amsterdam to see the Hakvoort clan in Monnickendam, where ‘Solaia’ was built some 15 years ago – not much has changed. A return visit to Limone and Monaco with Antoine, Paola and Daniel was delightful.

We now have the highlight of our time in Europe as Ian and Lynne Lyon, the boys ‘Ben’ parents, along with Sam, Sophie and Kate join us for a week in a country chateau and a week for a canal boat trip on the Canal du Midi.  It will be delightful to get all the news from Australia and just chat (over the odd beer and wine!) about life – such good friends.

The French country side, numerous small rustic villages and medieval castles had all of us enjoying the history lessons that were all around. So wonderfully different from our life on Sonrisa in Mexico.

Europe

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After a pleasant week by ourselves (no we did not miss the boys!) in Cancun – thank you Dede ! – for a rather busman’s holiday (from beach and sea to sea and beach) we left very early on the … Continue reading

La Cruz and Punta Mita

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Almost a domestic life between Punta Mita and La Cruz as school and weekends take on a regular routine.  Some good swells have popped up over the past several weeks, so all onboard are happy. A week (highly unusual) at … Continue reading

La Paz to Punta Mita

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      After returning from California we spent a few days in La Paz provisioning for the trip to Punta Mita.  As we had a hire car (cheaper to rent one than to get a taxi back from Cabo … Continue reading

New Year’s in San Francisco

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As usual we have, every 6 months, to renew our Mexican visa’s (this is one of the only countries that gives a 6 month tourist visa, all others are 3 months so well done Mexico!) As a New Year treat … Continue reading

Christmas in La Paz

Like November, December has been delightfully quiet, wandering towards la Paz.  We found a new anchorage for us on the west Side of Isla San Jose, called Mangle Solo – just another secluded and deserted beach – perfect for the Sonrisa crew.

Isla San Francisco has not changed in the past months so walking and collecting Pukka shells made for an excellent week.

Returning to La Paz is like returning home, so easy to slip back into the village life. A quiet Christmas with a few friends and then the team head to San Francisco (USA) for 10 days to renew visas and catch up with good friends – Mel even gets to go dancing!!

 

San Juanico and Coranods again

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After a delightful sail from San Carlos back to Caleta San Juanico we then did what we are good at – basically nothing for a month.   In a delightful anchorage with walks, beaches, boogieboarding, and excellent diving there was no … Continue reading