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Four Things We Loved (And Two Things We Didn’t) About Huatulco

Four Things We Loved (And Two Things We Didn’t) About Huatulco

Things at work have been a little hectic lately, and with long days spent behind my laptop I’ve been unenthusiastic about spending even more hours working on the blog. We did really love Marina Chiapas in Huatulco, though, and I’m finally getting around to writing about it. What we loved… A great community. Huatulco is just north of the Tehuantepec in Mexico, which means that people have either just crossed it or they are waiting for a weather window. It makes…

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Los Cabos: Wrapping up the Ha-Ha

Los Cabos: Wrapping up the Ha-Ha

Philippe aptly described Cabo San Lucas as the “Vegas of Mexico”. With its big resorts, bright lights, loud clubs, and expensive, touristy restaurants, Cabo San Lucas was not our scene. It was, however, really nice to celebrate our successful trip with fellow Ha-Ha boats. We only spent a couple of days anchored in Cabo San Lucas, but we filled them with dinghy rides to shore, long walks with Yuki, tacos, margaritas, and Ha-Ha parties. Yuki was a huge hit in…

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Someday, you will miss this.

Someday, you will miss this.

I wake up to the vibration of my phone and the sound of “marble dust”, the only audible ring tone that I can hear over the roar of the engine and the ocean that doesn’t drive me mad. I take a deep breath and slowly ease my eyelids open. Despite the fact that it’s only 9:45pm, I’ve already been sleeping for a few hours, knowing that I’d have to be alert for the 10pm – 2am watch shift. I find…

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Rolling with the Punches

Rolling with the Punches

We cast off the dock lines for the Baja Ha-Ha around 10:15 am on October 30. Philippe quickly transitioned from project mode to race mode. There are 154 boats registered for this year’s Ha-Ha, and we wound up at the beginning of the pack for the first several hours. The wind was at about 8-10 knots, which allowed us to sail around 6. Definitely not fast, but we were happy with the calm seas and steady wind. We celebrated as…

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Forty-Six Hours at Sea

Forty-Six Hours at Sea

For months, I had been romanticizing cast off. Philippe would pull out of the slip one last time as some of our marina neighbors (who have grown to be some of our closest friends) waved from the sterns of their boats. Keith and I would stand at the bow to check for fairway traffic and soak in the gravity of our departure. I would likely be sobbing, but my slick new sunglasses with mirrored lenses would obscure my tears. It…

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Untangled Ties The Knot…And Gets Slightly Delayed

Untangled Ties The Knot…And Gets Slightly Delayed

“Hi. I’m Carolyn. This is my husband, Philippe.” I still glance at Philippe and giggle when I say it. It’s hard to believe that for ten days I have been his wife. On September 16, surrounded by our family and closest friends, we vowed to love, laugh, explore, and adventure together. For a few short days, we set aside the chaos and stress of boat projects to reconnect with people we hadn’t seen in ages and savor autumn in Upstate…

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