SAILFEST

Sailfest is the most fun you  can have doing good deeds for the kids of Zihuatanejo. The chili cook off is the Senor’s favorite event and he turned out for it happily voting for his favorite chili from “The Captain’s Daughter”. Not being a fan of spicy chili I’m afraid to try half of them. I stick with my favorite, the key lime pie.

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Writing their bids

The silent auction is one my favorite events. I usually just go after the Restaurant meals.  My theory is if I’ve bought a certificate for a restaurant, the Senor will have to go out and use it.  And I do enjoy eating out from time to time. But I wasn’t very successful this year, got out bid most of the time. But did succeed in getting the dinner for 4 at Chula Vida out on Playa Larga. We went there a couple of years ago with Will and Sylvia and had a fantastic time. Now we get to do it all over again with them this year.  I’m looking forward to it. My only other successful on a bid on a natural beige cotton dress.

The Senor and I along with friends attended the Gala Dinner at the relatively new El Consuelo restaurant located where the old Pacalo’s was. It’s been beautifully remodeled, but an unusual location for dinner for a very large group of gringos with a staff that only

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The Senor and I dinner at El Consuelo

speaks Spanish and isn’t tuned into gringo drinks. I went to the bar to get a bloody mary and a screwdriver and the folks behind the bar had no idea what they were. I’m flexible with what I will drink, but the Senor isn’t and I couldn’t believe they couldn’t do a screw driver. So I explained that it was Vodka and “juego de narnja”. Yes he under stood, then I said I would also like a rum and coca lite. well he fixed the screwdriver, then proceeded to pour diet coke on top if it and would have added rum on top of that if I hadn’t stopped him. Finally we worked out what a screw driver was and I settled for a glass of wine as you just can’t screw that up. The food was good, the music fantastic.  The music alone was worth the price of the ticket. A Mexican couple sang lovely Mexican

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music to his guitar accompaniment. Her voice is high and clear like Joan Baez. Even bought their CD.

Going out for an afternoon on a sail boat is probably my most favorite activity of all of Sailfest. This year my friend Faye went with me on the Patricia Belle. I can’t get the Senor to go with me. After 22 years in the Navy he sees no reason to get on a boat unless it includes fishing. Thhe Patricia Belle is a 50 foot wood sailboat, built just a few miles from my home in Washington out of timber the Captian logged off his property. There were 27 passengers and every one had a great time especially as we really got to sail, with all sails up and no motor at all. We were

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Faye and I enjoying fine wine!

actually going to fast for folks to swim so the crew cut the sails back, slowed us down and about a dozen folks jumped in, including Faye and I. Even slowed down it was tough to keep up with the boat, kind of like swimming in a swim spa where you keep swimming but make no progress. When a took my hat off to swim, the chin strap broke and wouldn’t you know it on the return leg of our journey the wind caught my hat and it went sailing into the bay. I thought it was a goner, but

they turned the boat around and after a couple of valiant tries my hat was hooked and back on board. This is the second hat of mine that had to be rescued at sea, last time I was on a different boat but it was the crew of the Patricia Belle that saved it and transferred it back to the boat I was on. Signing off KO

CHILI COOK OFF, STREET FAIR, SILENT AUCTION AND SAIL BOAT PARADE

Chili cook off crowd
Chili cook off crowd

The chili cook off and street fair has grown, expanded and occupied two blocks from in front of the Barracruda to clear into the next block.  What a great event! There was a great variety of chili to choose from with a large variety of ingredients. With the large crowd it went quick.IMG_5596IMG_5595

The silent auction had a huge selection of items, with tables closing about every half hour.  Were were able to pick up 2 or 3 dinners from a variety of restaurants that we have never before been to. And I picked up some very unique place mats for the RV from the street fair where there was a large variety of crafts to choose from.

Street fair crafts
Street fair crafts
Friends enjoying beer and margarita's
Friends enjoying beer and margarita’s

We sat and visited with friends enjoying the extremely  delicious 2 for one margaritas and the 15 cent beer far too long which caused me to need to go to bed early and miss Jimmi Mamou’s birthday party at Galeana’s.  But the Senor attended  and other local musicians came and sang happy birthday to him and Allan sat down and played back up guitar with him.

Happy Birthday Jimi Mamou
Happy Birthday Jimi Mamou

Morning arrived later than usually for me just enough time to get ready to go sailing.  I think there were twice as many participants as there had been in previous years, but the event is well organized and soon we were all boarded into pangas to get to our assigned boats.  I IMG_5665was on the the Tisha Baby with most gracious hosts Richard and Pam. My fellow passengers were two couples traveling together, one from Calif and one from Arizona, and 3 women from Chicago, mom, daughter and daughters best friend.  Fun company.  The Senor did not accompany me as  being a career navy man gave him plenty of time at sea.  Almost immediately after getting underway my hat blew off and I turned to see it bobbing away in the water.  And of course it was one of my favorite hats. Our 1st mate saw what happened and radioed the boats behind us to pick up the hat if they could.  A few minutes later i was informed that the rescue was successful.  But I sort of wondered how I would retrieve it from what ever boat was kind enough to picked it out of the sea. Well I was soon to find out.

The rescue boat
The rescue boat

We paraded out to Ixtapa, then every boat was on their own to choose what they would do for the rest of the after noon.  We choose to head out and fish, but before we did the “Northern Passage” radioed the would come abreast and pass my hat over.  So a good samaritan on the northern passage a leaned way out with my hat in hand, while our first mate held out a grappling hook. successfully hooked my hat and brought it on board.

My hat on the end of a grappling hook being rescued.
My hat on the end of a grappling hook being rescued.

“Rescue at sea” complete and my hat safely back on my head, but this time with the chin strap secured. A most relaxing day, sailing the deep blue sea. Ended the day with lobster taco’s, yummm!  Signing off KO

Sail parade to Ixtapa
Sail parade to Ixtapa

Sailing on a 46 ft sailboat

2 5 11  What  a great day we had yesterday, the skies were partly over cast which made it a great day for sailing.  We signed up (with a donation of course to sail fest  boarded our boat to benefit the local kids) to take a day sailing in one of the many boats visiting Zihuatanejo.  Ours was a 46 foot beauty called “The Rose”  We had the company of 2 other couples, one from Iowa the other from Powell River BC, our Captain John a retired harbor pilot from San Francisco and his wife Pat. Of course we motored out, but eventually the sails got set and as the wind in very light in this area we didn’t go fast or far, only about 3 -5 miles beyond the bay in the open ocean. Thank god for sun screen #70, While the Senor is beginning to look like a local, I’m able to maintain my lily white color which is far preferable to the bright red I normally have after anytime in the sun.  We were served drinks and lunch, the senor took a brief time at the helm, fished some, got 2 really good hits, but they got away. Some of our compatriots went swimming, I was not dress to do so or I might have been tempted.  Well maybe not as I’m not sure what else out there might have been looking for something big and white to eat.  It was a great day! Signing off KO

The senor at the helm
KO under the spinaker
Jim & Patty swiming
Captan John with the senor in the back ground