Tuesday, December 6, 2016

From the RIO to the USA: Happy Holidays

Murray adjusting to
Vermont in December

We have left the warmth of the Rio Dulce for the chill of Vermont.  While Atalanta is on the hard for her “make-over” we are in Colchester to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Richard stepped off the plane in Burlington wearing shorts. He traded those for long pants the next day and one day later it snowed and he needed to add boots to his wardrobe. Murray wasn’t all that excited about being in the  snow. However, it’s lovely coming back to such a beautiful place and to have a home here we can call our own. 

Preparing Atalanta for paint
RAM Marina in Guatemala offers a rare opportunity to have high quality work done at a cost significantly less than in the USA.  Atalanta has not been repainted (Awlgrip) since 1989 so she will have Stars and Stripes blue reapplied to her hull and off-white on the cockpit  and coachtop.  Much time consuming preparation is involved including sanding, scraping, repairing fiberglass, and refairing so it is a 6-week job. 

Rio Dulce
We left the Rio Dulce as crew on our good friends’ Moody 47, Argosea.  After completing the checkout process in Livingston, we made a two-day/one-night passage north to Cay Caulker, Belize where we waited for the strong northerlies to abate. Then it was off to Cozumel for a couple of nights followed by a kickass sail across the Yucatan Channel to Puerto Morelos.  We settled Argosea into her slip at Marina El Cid where she will stay while Tony and Anne are home for the holidays in Great Britain.  Our thanks to Anne and Tony for a safe passage, delicious meals, and good company.

Puerto Morelos is home to a small restaurant, Tacos.com which we believe serves the finest tacos in the world and we managed to get to eat there 3 times.  We also had fresh ceviche on the beach and margaritas made with lots of fresh lime juice. This is not the place for us to stay if we want to lose weight!

We return to Guatemala on December 30 and will need several days to put the boat back together and shop for provisions. Then we anticipate sailing north to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, the Dry Tortugas, Key West and the Exumas.  We will arrive in Charleston, SC by April 15 and then Atalanta will find her way back to her old mooring in Bristol RI.  We will spend the summer in Vermont, sailing in New England waters, and planning our next adventure.

We wish you the happiest of holidays and hope the spirit of the season fills you with joy.

Richard and Kay

More Pics

Our First Snow in a Long Time
RAM's Paint Shed
Soon to be Atalanta's Home
The Crew Moves Atalanta
Main Street in Rio Dulce
(AKA Fronteras)

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