Our time with Ocean Watch came to an end too quickly for us - we hadn't finished asking them questions! We did manage to get a lot of good information from them all, so we are now better, safer sailors for sure. It is amazing to be able to ask such seasoned sailors questions like, "What's the best safety product to use in a big blow at sea - a sea anchor or a drogue?" and get back an answer that you can trust. Curious? David T's reply was that he once comfortably sat out 80 knots of wind off of Cape Horn with 30 foot seas by simply heaving-to. I didn't realize that heaving-to would work in such heavy weather. When a guy cites experience like that - you know you can trust his input!
Anyway, Ocean Watch had a publicity event to attend in the States, so they left for the final leg of their amazing circumnavigation of North and South America. With our friends on Ocean Watch gone, it was time for us to start our migration north. Our first stop was Isla Isabella to meet up with our friends on Third Day. After two nights there, we both pulled anchor and headed to Mazatlan to meet up with the crew of Hotspur (formerly the crew of Windfall).
Yesterday, the kid boat "trifecta" of the Summer in the Sea '09 reunited for an all day fest of food, fun and gabbing. Despite everyone keeping tabs on each other through our blogs, there were still too many stories to tell. It was wonderful to be back with our boating "family." Somehow, over that summer together and especially during the run from Hurricane Jimena, we three boats became more than friends. We are all eagerly looking forward to the next summer together in the Sea.
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