notes from the boat
The overnight passage to Bahia Tenacatita saw us leaving Bahia de Banderas
and rounding Cabo Corrientes, another of those pointy bits of land sticking
out into the ocean causing all kinds of nasty, lumpy waves and strange wind
We set off in the late afternoon from Puerto Vallarta in the hope that a
night passage would result in calm conditions. Mistake! Confused seas saw us
heading fifty miles offshore in search of better conditions. We found wind
alright, a good twenty five knots but the seas continued to be "boisterous"
and the night was not the most pleasant. The crew was pleased when the
anchor finally dropped in Bahia Tenacatita and in the company of twenty five
other cruising boats, (making this one of the busiest anchorages we'd been
in) we settled in for the night.
A good night's sleep does wonders to restore crew morale and we awoke
refreshed, able to face the day and even attend the dinghy raft-up where ten
dinghies holding a couple apiece met for drinks and appetizers in the late
Bahia Tenacatita saw our first dinghy landing through the surf the west
coast of Mexico is renowned for. All in all, we think we did very well as no
one was lost and Winston bodysurfed his way in to shore. We now understand
the importance of attaching wheels to the dinghy and will be doing this at
the first opportunity.
The highlight of Bahia Tenacatita was a jungle dinghy ride up the nearby
river. Many varieties of birds watched us, issuing their warning cries
followed by the lazy flap of wings as we passed under overhanging branches
and inhaled the stench of decay; a cloud of diesel fumes lingering
momentarily over the still, teal-green water as we made our way slowly up
the river. Mangroves choked the banks and we searched in vain for the eyes
of a crocodile knowing one couldn't be far away but resisting the temptation
to make Winston live bait in order to find out. Eventually we emerged from
the leafy green tunnel where the river opened to a large lagoon and landed
the dinghy among the fishing pangas.
We walked to the village of Tenacatita and the beautiful beach beyond. Empty
palapa-roofed restaurants displaying Corona and Pepsi signs lined the beach.
We selected a restaurant and ordered breakfast only to discover we'd chosen
the very restaurant a large group of cruisers were using for a lunchtime
musical gathering! We enjoyed the opportunity to join in before heading back
down the river!
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