Our Angel had performed at her very best for the trip from St Petersburg to Isla Mujeres, 500 miles of open ocean and crossing the Gulf Stream not once, but twice, once mid-gulf, and a second time as we approached Isla Mujeres. I had the privilege of having the best crew anyone could have asked for, and upon arrival in Mexico, everyone pitched in to clean up, complete a few minor repairs, and get her ready to begin another adventure. As you see her here, docked at the Lima docks downtown, she is sparkling clean, ship-shape, and probably in the best condition she has been since her launching way back in 1986. Everything electrical and electronic is new, the engine has been thoroughly inspected with all new instrumentation, the entire fuel system is brand new; the rudder, the sails, the steering system, everything is as good or better than when new. Joy and I have all the confidence in the world to continue south.
So, what do you think? Is she ready for adventure? I can tell you, both my girls, Joy and our Angel, were ready for adventure, and for freedom from the everyday worries, the hustle and bustle, and all the concerns that clutter our minds daily to detract from the true enjoyment of just being alive. So many things had happened in the past few months that we were more than ready for a break, for time alone, and freedom from all the stress that came with those events. This little Bed and Breakfast place perched on the cliffs above the Yucatan Channel is one of our favorite places in Isla Mujeres. Quiet, friendly, and the best Pina Coladas in the world, maybe. Joy is still searching for the best one!
One of the highlights of our time on Isla Mujeres is the annual invitation to visit la Casa de las Rocas, the home of Senor Lima, patron and founder of the Regata del Sol al Sol some forty years ago. Here you see Senor Lima in the sunglasses, some 90+ years old, Minister of Tourism and avid promoter of friendly relations between Mexico and the USA, still promoting his country pictured with those officers, past and present, from the Bradenton Yacht Club who either sailed or flew down to join this great event. Back to front, and left to right, Rick Hoffmeister, Bob Armstrong, Steve Fredrick, Dave Wilson, Bill Baker, Joe McClash, Senor Lima, and Deborah Ross.
What a privilege and an honor to share this time with one of Mexico’s makers of history. These are times we will never forget and will always cherish.
And so, on our last night, with a fresh bed of swans bathed in hyacinths, we sigh and relax preparing ourselves emotionally for the departure from all our friends, our extended family, and my crew, close friends all. We will surely miss them, but we are ready to explore and live our dream.