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Tidying boat in relaxed mode after passagemaking....!

Well, it's into cleaning, tidying, relaxing .... and socialising with other cruisers... now that I've arrived in Barra de Navidad!

Chamela was a pleasant landfall after the 1100 n.ml. direct passage from Ensenada. Just over six and a half days, averaging 6.9 kn!!! Wow! My fastest extended passage ever, I reckon!

I was lucky to meet up with good English friends (on 'Shilling of Hamble') about to pass the anchorage by... called them on VHF16, knowing they were somewhere nearby, & caught them in time for them to divert into the bay so we were able to spend the afternoon and evening together before we both moved on in opposite directions the next morning.

I came on down to Barra de Navidad with its safe lagoon and marina. I actually opted for the marina because I wanted to catch up with Canadian friends on 'Kokopelli' who are in here - I'm living in luxurious surroundings for a couple of days!!

Weather is very warm (28-30C) but on many days a stiff breeze kicks in at around midday, so the nights are usually cool, making for a good sleep. Barra is a nice little town, not too touristy, with a well-organized water-taxi system for crossing the lagoon entrance or for getting in & out to the lagoon if you're anchored out and feeling lazy! I'm hoping to visit close-by Melaque - patron saint is St Patrick so they must be getting ready for their yearly fiesta!

I have some outstanding boat jobs to do before making for Zihuatanejo and the Guitar Festival. I'll probably make for Tenacatita in a day or so and then come back here to check out before moving on south..

Written by : Mike

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