Posted by: Lare | November 4, 2010

Back to the Dream

Well, with the excitement and hectivity of the wedding planning behind us it’s now on to the process of getting ready to return to Larry and Vicki’s big adventure. We’ve had a wonderful time with family and friends but it’s time to go home—our new home.

As much as we love visiting with the kids, grandkids, and friends, the truth is our new life continues to call. Rocinante waits on her stands in a dry marina in Puerto Escondido without sails, chomping at the bit to feel the water again, but before then she will be getting a thorough scrubbing and new bottom paint. We have a long list of lists of stuff to do to get her ready.

If the schedule holds as lightly penciled we should be sailing the 150 miles to La Paz on the 9th of November. After stopping there for a day or two visiting Scott and Monica on SV “Scott Free” and the Mitgang family  on SV “Whatcha Gonna Do”,  we plan to set out for Banderas Bay—a 450 mile trip. We haven’t yet decided if we will stop along the way, but as per normal we’ll take what Mother Nature allows. Lauren, Jeff, and the kids will join us in Puerto Vallarta for a couple of weeks before we make final preparations for heading down the coast to Panama.

So far we have for sure at least one other boat making the voyage to Central America with us—that would be M/V “The Elysium” and our friends Deb and Jewell. Our sail plan includes stops in Chamela, Tenacatita, Barra de Navidad, Manzanillo, Cabeza Negra, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Acapulco, Puerto Angel, and Huatulco. This last place in Mexico is where we’ll wait for a “weather window” to cross the Gulf of Tehuantepec. 

The Gulf of Tehuantepec is notorious for its extreme weather changes. In the morning you can have flat calm seas with no wind and the afternoon will bring gales with winds up to fifty knots and huge seas. Of course, even with a good weather window there are no guarantees.

At the listed ports in Mexico we’ll stop for only a few days with a couple of exceptions, so if you plan to visit, (Please do!), keep checking the blog.  Also, if you’re interested in, or planning on, crewing for a passage, stay in touch because we have lots of openings. Probably the most popular of the crew opportunities is the canal transit.

Before I close this portion of the blog I’d like to thank and acknowledge friends who have made our visit in Puget Sound so much fun.

Tom: The sail to Tulare was wonderful. We hope this year you can finally cut the lines and follow your heart. Give Lane a call.

Mark and Vicki: Thanks for the wonderful days in Medford—our new favorite city outside of anywhere on Rocinante. Kenny Loggins was amazing and the wine tour was a hoot.

Julie and Jim: Your friendship and flexibility are only two of the many things that make you so special to us. You’ve visited and stayed with us on Rocinante, and have seen the dream up close.

Steve and Rita of SV Lady J: Thanks for hosting us at your beautiful ranch in Carnation. You are special people who deserve all the good things in life—particularly if they include sailing AND horses. Don’t forget that Lady J misses you.

Rotary Club of Everett: Thank you for the opportunity to share our dream.

Mark and Jackie: Thank you for allowing us house sit. Hiccup the cat was good and I think he likes us now.

Jeanna and Steve: Thanks for sharing yourselves and your home, the great dinners, and helping us with Bridgette’s wedding. Every time I look at our new cockpit table Steve, I will think of you. YOU GUYS ARE GREAT!

Lauren and Jeff: You are two incredibly nice people who just happen to be family. Letting us invade your space for such an extended period of time is above the call of duty, but truly you did so many things for us I can’t begin to list them all.

We will miss you all.

Now it’s time to finish packing and get ready to continue the pursuit of our dream……..


  1. We’ll be watching you! Can’t wait until our paths cross again and hopefully it will be in celebration of something (Jim’s new job, my big birthday, or just living the dream!)- and of course hopefully it will be somewhere on the Mexican or Central American Coast! In the meantime, when we miss you, we’ll grab the Class A and head to a local state park! All our love and friendship!

  2. So good to see you and hear the stories. Happy to hear you are back to your new home-soon to leave on the 9th if all is going as planned. Been thinking of Black Cat and just wondering if you left your names and numbers at the dock-I’m sure you did. But also wondered if you told the people who bought your house here. Never know if she’ll try the journey to Mukilteo. I’ve seen it before. Let me know if you want me to drive over and let them know to watch for her. Zihautanejo is tempting! Safe travels friends. Mare

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