Monthly Archives: April 2016

Taj turned 3!

Well, the little bugger turned 3 and is quickly filling his daddy’s shoes. From skateboarding, diving head first into pools and holding his breath for which feels like forever, climbing up to the second row of our rat lines, to a new fascination for matchbox cars. Taj is definitely Christian Lauducci’s son.

We had a great day yesterday celebrating with our cruising friends in La Cruz. Boat school as usual in the morning, which this time included math and reading in the form of making GF Brownies! Yet another boat, Cat2fold dragging down on us, was successful re-anchored with the help of fellow anchorage peeps. Taj, of course, was butt naked on the rat lines, watching the whole process. Another reminder of how good our Mantus anchor is. Apparently the area in which we are anchored in is know for lousy silty holding. We haven’t had any issues the whole three weeks that we’ve been in his spot for our own boat, but this is the second boat that has been rescued from dragging down on us in the last week!

After the excitement of boat dragging shenanigans, and a nice windy and wet dingy ride to shore, it was time to prepare for the party. La Cruz Marina is super family friendly. With a poolside deli and picnic area right in the Marina, it is a perfect kids birthday party location. 10 other kid boats attended and more non-kid boats as well! SV Alert, Cape D, Cielo Grande, Coastal Drifter, Kenta Anae, Nomi, Raireva, Riki Tiki Tavi, Terrapin, Valella Valella. Also present: Sea Fox, Wino Rhino, Landfall.

Four birthdays in the last 8 months and I’ll be the last to have a birthday since leaving on our adventure. All have been amazing thanks to the cruising community. Thanks for all the well wishes. Looking forward to many more sailor/cruising birthday celebrations in the years to come.



Helpful sailors

The other day I was on the boat alone with Taj, who had a 104.9 fever, when I happened to poke my head outside. The afternoon winds out of the west in La Cruz had picked up as is normal for this time of year. Boats are known to drag with these winds and recently SV Rage sadly found itself on the reef just outside of the Marina La Cruz, so I thought it might be wise to take a peak every so often to make sure we weren’t dragging or anyone near us. Sure enough, our new neighbors, SV Ensueño was dancing around quite irradically. I watched it for a while noticing that the angle on the anchor line and the snubber line didn’t seem quite right.  The wind waves were bouncing the boat about and the swell picked her up as well. I saw the moment Ensueño broke loose. I watched for a few minutes to make sure. It didn’t take long to realize that they were indeed dragging as she slowly started to drift back and dance closer to us. 

The couple had left in their dinghy about 45 minutes prior to all of this.  I immediately called out on the local hailing channel (22) on the vhf. “Attention Fleet, attention fleet, this is Josie on SV Shawnigan. The boat next to us, SV Ensueño is dragging.” Immediately Ron, on SV Sundancer responded asking for details of boat location and if anyone was on board. Not two seconds later, Ron, Jose on SV Cartago and Nick on SV Cielo Grande hopped in their dinghies to assist. Within 5 minutes we had 6 hands on deck, including Christian, who heard me hailing for assistance from shore. Together, they started the engine and pulled up the anchor. With the help of nearby people on their boats, Ensueño was safely re-anchored in a new location. 

Later that afternoon, Christian ran into the owners of Ensueño on shore. The very nice older couple had no idea this all had happened. Both are very expierienced sailors and were surprised this happened to them. They felt lucky and thankful so many people came to help. The next day on “the net” Ensueño extended their gratitude to the entire fleet, knowing that it wasn’t just the six people onboard helping, but that the entire community. The sailing community is always willing and able to help, even though we might have never met. 


Bahia Tenacatita memories: Jan – Mar 2016

Tenacatita is a lovely anchorage situated south of Puerto Vallarta and about 10 miles north of Barra de Navidad, Mexico at WPT 19 17.9’N 104 50.3’W.  This particular spot draws cruisers in for multiple days and for some, becomes an annual home for months during the winter season. 

A few of the long term transient occupants have made Tenacatita into its own unique sailing community. Daily swims to the beach at 1:30, followed by bocci ball on the beach or a stroll  to one end of the beach and back. Afterward a beverage and/or meal at the one and only palapa near the river mouth. Every Friday at 5:30 the “Mayor’s Raft Up”, organized by Robert Gleser aboard SV Harmony, provides the community opportunity to meet each other and learn about one another when otherwise you might not get the chance to. Plus a chance to taste what other cruisers eat. Everyone brings a dish and it gets passed around from dinghy to dinghy!

Provisions are nil at Tenacatita, so one must either land taxi, sail, or take a skiff 2 miles over to La Manzanilla or sail to Barra Navidad. The seclusion is part of what draws cruisers here. It’s worth the extra effort to get supplies.

We hopped in and out of Tenacatita during a two month span. Our first visit was shortly after the New Year and our last was during the second week of March. Our days consisted mostly of a morning 45 ish minute swim for me, a kayak or free dive/spear fishing for Christian, beach going, and mangrove adventures for the kids. We had lots of people to visit including kids boats. At one point we counted 46 boats in the anchorage! 

I put together a little video to show the expierience that we had while we were there. See below.

Here is a list of some of the boats we saw in Tenacatita. If you were there and don’t see your name on the list, or if I misspelled your name, please contact us so we can add you to it!  Also, send me a link for your blog if you’d like me to link you. 

SV Adagio, SV Agamère, SV Banyan (misspelled in the video, sorry!), SV Believe, SV Cake, SV Cadenza, SV Carmanah, SV Chae Mi, SV Cielo Grande, SV Dazzler, SV Finte, SV Flight, SV Fools Gold,  SV, Fukngivr, SV Gitana, SV Gene Butler, SV Gia, SV Harmony, SV Komaru, SV Kiwi III, SV Overheated, SV Magic Lady, SV Mambo, SV Mango Mango, SV Moonshadow, SV Nalu 4, SV Penelope, SV Putachieside, SV Ravens Dance, SV Seychelles, SV Sea Boa, SV Speakeasy, SV St. Leger, SV Tigress, SV Voila,  MV Voyager, SV Wild Rumpus, SV Woody, SV Worth Waiting For