Chacala to Punta de Mita

Immediately after yoga, Keith from s/v ANON zoomed by on his dinghy and told me to get my wetsuit and snorkel stuff, because we were going swimming with the whales! Keith has studied whales for quite a few years now, and with a bit of uncertain trust, Deidre and I just followed along as if dinghying up to a pod of humpback whales and jumping in with them was as common as a walk to the store.

With his fast, 20 hp motor, we caught up with the pod fairly quick. When we got close, we all put our stuff on quickly and then after noticing a moment of hesitation, Keith said, “someone get in”! So with my GoPro camera I jumped in first quickly followed by Deidre and Keith. The water was very murky and hard to see any distance. We swam for a bit and after a couple of minutes, it was clear they were moving on… “Back to the dinghy” yells Keith.

Once again we are off. Bouncing around in the large ocean swell, zooming after the whales. We get close and try again, but sadly, the whales din’t want to come play with us.

On our way back toward the anchorage, we check what appears to be a very secluded bay and a very private beach, and excitedly made plans to come spend a night here. Later that afternoon, Aaron and Nicole from s/v Bellastar, and Deidre and I, went on a hike through this crazy nice “subdivision”. At the end of the hike we, stopped at this restaurant  and had drinks and some food. Aaron started with a coco con rum, I had a coco con ginebra, and the ladies had pina coladas.

Later that night Cat2Fold found itself hosting an informal round of drinks. The crews from s/v Convivia, Bellastar, and Anon all came over and we played some music and partied to within minutes of “cruisers midnight”…we were in bed by 9:30pm. Everyone was amazed at how smooth, flat, and stable Cat2Fold was.

The next morning, with many of the rocking and rolling mono-hulls pulling anchor early to head for some smoother pastures, Deidre and I casually lifted our stern anchor and our main anchor and pulled out of Chacala. I forgot to mention how Chacala has a lot of swell that finds its way into the bay. Therefore it is advised to use a stern anchor along with the main anchor to keep the bow of the boat facing into the incoming swell no matter which direction the wind is blowing.

As we were leaving, it appeared Keith from Anon was having difficulty removing his anchor and had to dive and get it with scuba gear. We later found out it had taken him 3 hours to retrieve it! Deidre and I traveled the 1-2 miles to get to this next bay. We entered carefully noting a large amount of dangerous, underwater rocks to the north. We again set a stern anchor, and then paddle boarded to shore for some beach/jungle exploration. As we returned to the beach we saw Anon had decided to also stay with us in this tight bay. The swell was larger and more confused in here making paddle boarding fairly difficult.

That evening we went over to Anon for drinks and a bit more guitar playing. 2-3 hours later, I got off of there feeling more sea sick than I’ve ever been…well, not exactly, but kind of! Cat2Fold, and catamarans in general, are really the most comfortable platforms out on the water bar none!

The next morning we plotted our course to Punta de Mita and after motoring for nearly 2 hours (with both sails up running 1 motor at half throttle) I started seeing whales. I quickly turned off the motor so we could listen better for the breathing of the large animals. Over the next hour we saw many whales, we were totally surrounded! I started to think about firing up the motor so we could make our 20+ miles before dark and the wind started picking up. No motoring necessary. We had a beautiful sail down the coast past Sayulita and into Punta de Mita anchorage dropping the anchor before 5pm.



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