One Lap Around The Bay

It doesn't look like it in this shot, but at one point out in the Yucatan Channel in front of Puerto Aventuras, we were in 8'-10' seas with short periods and high winds. It was supposed to be a mellow Sunday with our friends Miguel, Susana and their two year old daughter, Uma.

Then the bow of Edward Blair dug into, and submerged through one of the largest waves we were confronted with, breaking out the other side. While all the adults aboard were wondering if the conditions would ease up or not, Uma took a nap. Uma doesn't worry about big waves and poor conditions.

After only an hour at sea on a no-destination Sunday Sail with friends, we grew tired of getting tossed around, making between 1.5 and 4 knots, depending which side of a wave we were on, and headed back to the marina for a better idea. Barbecue and beer.

Sure, it's damned fun to watch as the bow of your boat goes straight into the ocean and comes back up, blowing through the waves in front of you, but with a two year old aboard and a full cockpit with no real destination it was time to avoid the, "This could get worse..." possibilities and head on in. 

Later in the day around 5pm the winds calmed down and so did the seas. Our friends Mack and Lisa came over to our slip in their 26' zodiac and its 250hp outboard. They picked us up and whipped out across the bay, airing off the tops of the longer, rolling waves into a protected caleta where cenote water comes out from under the seabed.

When the cenote water merges with the ocean water, it makes a cold mix of salt water and fresh water that will redeem the day and cool everyone down in this Caribbean heat.

All photos by our good friend, Susana Hidalgo.

An Island for Saturday: Sunsets, Sailing & Rum


The weekends have been good around these parts. The sun is almost a guarantee, the rum is a sure bet and the ocean is only a few steps away. This weekend we went for a sail off the coast of Cozumel with a few good friends.

A trip off the coast has its predictable stages

There is always excitement when departing the marina and the following calmness when the idea has settled as you coast into deeper waters. Then there's acclimatization, which is founded by rum punch and cold beer while you keep your eyes on the horizon. Bet on a cigar.

With good visitors and the right amount of drink, the dependable few will hang from the bow over the sea below. Then the diving begins. Swimming as deep as you can, eyes open, seeing as far as you can under the clear water with the reef all around. The salt burns your eyes, but not in such a bad way. Afterward you float on your back, staring at the sky, forgetting for a short while that there is land nearby with its weekdays and its work.

On the return to Puerto Abrigo is the sunset where the calmness begins again and everyone winds down after the sun has done its job.

We should all thank the ocean, our friends and most importantly, the rum.