My apologies again. It's already June but I need to back track to January 2012.
0500 Sunday and we’re about half way to our destination. A most brilliant orange moon leaves us as the sun rises. The winds continue from the East which is wonderful and we’ve got a 6 plus foot choppy swell. During the night we saw one freighter and now we see one sailboat heading our way.
I decide to bake two chicken pot pies for brunch. All of a sudden I hear a light explosion--- it’s the inside oven window. It’s exploded into small pieces…Amazing the glass did not get on the meat pies…Randy scrutinizes the pies for me and then I micro wave them. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until we get back to the States to replace the oven door.
By 1400 hours we’re finally seeing more current and we are averaging 7.4 knots.. We’re 72.5 nautical miles from our waypoint off Puerto Adventuras so it looks like we will have to continue to either Cozumel or El Cid, Puerto Morelos. The seas are down which is a nice bonus.
By 810hours we are on A Dock of El Cid Maarina. Armando welcomes us and explains he will look after our entry. Having reviewed Captain Freya Rauscher’s Cruising Guide to Belize and Mexico’s Caribbean Coast prior to us leaving Roatan I have all the necessary papers together. For Mexico that includes our Roatan Zarpe with five copies, original crew list with three copies, boat documentation with five copies, two copies of our passports along with the original. WHEW… We give him the paperwork and he explains we did not need to do all the copies…that is part of his job. Oh well.
Once all the authorities showed up and the paperwork was completed we finally were let off the boat so we decided to celebrate by going to the restaurant here at the Marina. We have also been advised we must go to Puerto Juarez, the head Port Captain office and pay $50.00US for a Yacht Temporary Import Permit. This permit is valid for 10 years ands without it one’s yacht can be confiscated.
With the priority getting our finances in order the next day we went by Collectivo, (mid size van used by the locals as a bus) into the town of Puerto Morelos. These collectivos are 5 pesos a person which is approximately 40cents. From the Marina it is a 5 minute walk out to a road where one waits for the collectivo to come by. We could go by taxi but they want $8.00 one way…The Collectivo can also be ridden all the way up to the main highway for an extra peso…amazing. After again having no luck getting money from the ATM’s we head up to the main highway. Puerto Morelos is actually in two locations.. On the water side the town is more of a tourist destination where across the highway it’s called the Puerto Morelos pueblo which is where the locals primarily live. We do manage to find a SIM card. For $20.00 US we get a TELCEL chip and phone minutes. Quickly we returned to the boat and managed to get our banking all straightened out. Of course they did not know we had come to Mexico hence the stop on our debit cards. It was for our own protection which we can appreciate…however we have not had this challenge before. We will remember to contact them before we leave so we don’t have the same problems.
Now it’s time to get ready for the wedding which is barely a month away.Plus we celebrate our 5th year of cruising with the bottle of wine Jim brought down to us for a special occasion…..It’s Molly Dooker “Two Left Feet” Shirah & Sparky Marquis-2009 DELICIOUS!!!! Thank you Jim.