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We were getting way to comfortable in Banderas Bay so it was time for us to get moving again. Right before noon on Gary’s birthday we pulled up anchor and began a 23 hour passage south for Bahia Tenacatita 125 nm away. It was our first overnight passage with just the two of us. Since it was one night and we were both well rested we did two hour watches. We arrived to discover a beautiful bay with about 15 other boats. The boaters had elected a ‘mayor’ who organized a dinghy raft up for Friday night. Bring an appetizer to share, your own plate, something to drink and spend time getting to know the other cruisers because as everyone moves about, we will run into them again in another anchorage.

Mayors raft up at Tenacatita

Mayors raft up at Tenacatita

In Banderas Bay we had the good fortune to have access to dinghy docks everywhere we went. Not so here but luckily the waves were on the smaller side. There was a small cantina beckoning us on shore so off we went in the dinghy. I counted the larger and smaller waves to get the pattern. Once I had it Gary gunned the engine and in we went on a small wave. Getting the propeller up while turning the outboard off and getting out of the dinghy before getting swamped will take some more practice. But we were happy with our landing and the ‘Mayor’ gave us a B-. Our departure, well thats another story. We enjoyed happy hour at the cantina with other boaters then all headed back to our dinghies. Everyone else launched with no major problems and since Gary and I were further down the beach, we were thankfully the last ones to go. I will put it out there right now. I messed up. We walked the dinghy into the surf and at my urging Gary jumped in to start the engine. I lost hold of the dinghy causing it to get hit broadside by a bigger wave. Gary was thrown head first out and I was run over by my own dinghy not once but twice lol. But hat and sunglasses stayed on! We dragged ourselves and the dinghy back to shore, emptied out the water, walked it further out since we were all wet anyway, jumped in and took off. I was telling Gary that I’m not sure my body can handle all the fun and excitement of living in paradise 🙂