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Fronteras, Rio Dolce to Utila

Utila, Honduras

On a dull and overcast day that threatened rain, we left Captain John's Marina on January 3rd to travel to Texan Bay Marina which is a safe stop much closer to Livingston (at the mouth of the RIO DOLCE RIVER). We were travelling with two other boats: Honah Lee II and Sea Tryst. As we toured down the river the sky brightened and some of the clouds lifted, allowing us the awesome view of the cliffs where the very first Tarzan movie was filmed!

The next morning at daylight we headed out again for LIvingston where Raul said that all our paperwork was ready! Great news! The captains went ashore leaving the first mates with a little time to rest, but only a short time!

Captains once again aboard we headed for Tres Puntas thinking to anchor for the night and leave in the morning. However, we reached there early afternoon and the anchorage was very rolly and the seas were calm with a light wind from the west. Decision made. WE would do an overnight passage to Utila with the expectation that we would likely need to motor most of the way there.

As night fell the wind picked up, and up and UP! then changed to North; the very wind that you don't want on this passage! When we hit 7.5 knots of speed we took in sail trying to slow down to be more comfortable. Then the torrential rain hit! I finally sat on the floor of the cockpit in order not to be bounced around too much! However, the boat was handling the conditions well. The Auto Pilot worked and the chart plotter kept us informed of where we were at all times! Some of our friends were having equipment problems on top of the weather situation.

At daybreak the waves were much larger than we wanted to see! But we knew that now we had only an hour or two until we would cross over the reef and be in calmer conditions.

Before noon, we were anchored in the harbour at Utila and able to go to bed! This lovely harbour was calm and we were very thankful to be in a safe place with the anchor well dug into the bottom. WE really needed the rest! Check in could wait!
The next day we couldn't wait to get ashore to explore and of course see the Port Captain, Immigration, etc. So, off we went and promptly found the oldest house in town which is a lovely eatery. Then walked on down to the main town dock and stood in line to check in. Lter we walked much of the harbour finding many interesting sites.

permalink written by  bobandglennda on January 26, 2010 from Utila, Honduras
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Bob and Glennda are sailing their Irwin 37' Sloop from Charlotte Harbor,Florida to the Rio Dolce,Guatemala looking for adventure and a way to help others as they travel.

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