We chose to anchor in front of La Ropa Beach in Zihua as it was told to us by other cruisers that it was a nice anchorage with clearer water and quieter then La Principal Beach, in front of town. (We can hear waves on the beach here versus techno music over there.) When we came in, we learned it was a four-day holiday weekend so the area has been very busy with jet skis, banana boats, para-sailing and something we call "the sofa" - a large inflatable "sofa" that is pulled behind a panga...people seem to love it! Unfortunately, one of the para-sailors got their lines stuck in one of the sailboats nearby - no one was hurt, though. This anchorage gets the ocean swell pretty much so we are bow and stern anchored. The new #4-7 lb Fortress anchor at the stern is holding quite well and was pretty easy to deploy from the stern. The next day we re-positioned it, for better placement, from the dinghy and this worked great - just as we wanted it to!
We are here for SailFest Week and there are a lot of activities. Local towns-people and vacationers pay 300 pesos for a ride on a sailboat during the Pursuit Race at mid-week (Debbie volunteered as a sign-maker for this event!) and also the Parade of Boats at the end of the week. There is a benefit concert with six bands! There is also a Chili Cook-off which we will go in to shore for. The event raises money for Por Los Ninos, an organization that helps build schools with amenities in the poorer neighborhoods of Zihua.