Anchored in Santiago at new years 2016

Middle of January 2016 - anchored in Santiago - Manzanillo - state of Colima

These pictures were taken during new years week and all of Mexico is on vacation at that time so it, the beach, is way crowded! This area is at the NW end of Santiago beach.

The fire works were great. We could see them at a dozen different locations around Manzanillo at New Years eve from where we were anchored.



We find Santiago to be a lot like Isla Grande at Ixtapa, Mexico and we really liked anchoring there!

Santiago has a festive vibe to it with lots of locals and good fun. Lots of Ramada's (restaurants with mediocre WiFi) to choose from. You can bring your own food and drinks if you like and they supply the tables and shade. The kids love playing in the sand and there are boat tours and snorkeling the wreck and of course jet ski rentals. There is the lagoon to explore as we did with the kayak. Next we will go up with our dinghy. It is quiet at night and nice breezes. The water is really  clear and warm.

Phil from s\v Manasea.

s\v Manasea is a wood trimaran. He assisted us with our kayak landing. It was a busy spot with banana boats taking off and pangas coming in stern-to for picking up tourists for the tours and snorkeling. 

The Navy was around and some life guards.

Here is a grill used by a local who later cooked up carne asada and chicken (pollo) and three kinds of hot peppers and onions for his family at a table near by.

s\v Elegant'sea

s\v Manasea

Las Hadas, Manzanillo

Las Hadas, Manzanillo  2016 anchored

 We moved over to Las Hadas for a few days and it has been really busy. It is like a water park with jet skies and some wakeboard boats. However we have spent one day in Manzanillo  getting re-supplied and one day at the pool in the Las Hadas resort. It is time to go back to Santiago. We like it here a bit better. This is a good break on weekdays however weekends are too noisy with the nightclubs blaring.

s\v Elegant'sea to the far left with the yellow kayak on the side.

I am adding a new verse to my "Anchoring Dance" song because of the jet skies with 5 year old student drivers and wake boarders!

From Barra de Navidad to Santiago, Mexico and long lines

End of December 2015 - Anchored in Barra-Bahia de Navidad lagoon, Mexico

 We recently made the passage from Barra de Navidad to Santiago, Mexico. There were some fish nets that one panga fisherman showed us where to round the net. The next net a panga lowered the net so we could pass through. Both very nice. The next trap (very hard to see - clear coke bottles for buoys, an occasional green sprite one but mostly see through) was a long line (a fishing line with hooks that is long). In this case we were 2.5 nm off shore and were almost 10 nm off shore before we got around them.

Yes, we probably should have gone the other way (towards shore) but it was further “off course”. Anyway at one point there was a flag pole a few feet high with a small pennant on it. That, I thought, marked the end. However, the bottles started almost right away so we were not sure. So anyway, it was 1.5 hours to round the long line(s). We figured it was easier to go around and be safe than cut across and take a chance on getting tangled up in fish hooks. If we sail out 10 nm miles and we do 5 knots we add about 4 hours to our 6 hour passage!  I think long lines are illegal here but that is not much help.  I have cut a cruiser boat free of a fish netin Chamela (Perula Bay), Mexico and it was a scary thing.

So we are wondering besides sailing say a mile off shore or go out 10 nm miles what can we do?
Do the long lines hang down far enough for our Islander Freeport sail boat with a modified fin keel and skeg-hung rudder to sail over them between coke bottles? Do the long lines just float around just below the surface swaying in the current and swell? Any one got a proven method?

All in all, it was a beautiful day along with calm seas with my wife Debbie and I going to Santiago.
Guess we will find out:)

Tenacatita to Barra-Bahia de Navidad to Santiago - Manzanillo

Beginning of January 2016 anchored at Las HadasMexico

Our sail from Tenacatita to Barra-Bahia de Navidad  was a wild one. We left in the afternoon so we would have some wind, about 20 knots. But when we rounded the corner out of Tenacatita the seas picked up and it was a wild ride. The sail boat behind us turned back. The one in front kept going as we did. The winds gusted to 24 knots and were steady at 20 knots. It was the seas that were the problem. Once we rounded the rocky point and were headed South\East we were more down wind and with some following seas so it was surfing then the rest of the way. So now we have decided to go ahead and put sea state ahead of wind state. Now we will go back to leaving early at dawn\o-dark-thirty to get the good sea-state and probably need to motor sail more often.

 We stayed a few days in Barra-Bahia de Navidad  for a few days but wanted to be in Santiago - Manzanillo  (state of Colima) for New Year's and their great fireworks. That passage we did leave at O-dark-thirty and had a great sea state with little wind though. We also ran into two nets and one long line. We did not actually run right into them. The first one the fishermen guided us around it. The second they lowered the net so we could go through. The long line took us 1.5 hours to get around. We were 2.5 nm off shore and ended 8 nm off shore before we found a way around. They are illegal but that does not help us. They are poorly marked as are the nets but no panga is hanging around them like they sometimes do nets. Next passage on the way back we will go 1.5 nm off shore in the hopes of missing them. It is only a 6-hour passage so why spend about 3-4 hours to get 10 nm off shore and back, for us at least at about 5 knots. That is 5 knots if we are motor sailing. Most likely it is 3.5 to 4.5 sailing and not in a straight line!