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IN LATITUDES beautiful San Blas Islands on the Caribbean side. "The Perlas are so beautiful and so uncrowded!" they say. While most boats — including Proflgiate — had great post Ha-Ha spinnaker sailing from Cabo to Banderas Bay, it was a little trickier for boats making their way 135 miles north to La Paz. "My boat and about 20 others snuck into La Paz on November 11, just before a Norther blasted the anchorage with up to 30-knot winds," reports Patsy Le Reina del Mar Verhoeven the La Paz-based Gulfstar 50 Talion. "The wind subsided a few days later and more Ha-Ha boats started to show up. The Sea is warm, the air is starting to cool, and old friends are getting reacquainted — all is great. "There was another Norther before the big La Paz welcome party for Ha-Ha boats on the 19th," continues Patsy. "Over 200 people attended and had a great time. The Wanderer should have been there! Next up is the Club Cruceros Cruiser Thanksgiving. Not one to let grass grow on Talion's bottom, shortly after Thanksgiving, Patsy
will be headed to Banderas Bay for the Department of Tourism's Riviera Nayarit Sailors' Splash party on December 11 to welcome HaHa boats and other cruisers with free shirts and other goodies. This is followed on the 13, 14 and 15th by the Banderas Bay Blast, which is three days of Ha-Ha style cruiser racing, and includes the annual opening of the ultra prestigious Punta Mita Yacht & Surf Club, and the Pirates for Pupils Spinnaker Run for Charity. If Patsy does an 800-mile round-trip to be part of it all, you know it has to be good. "During our passage in 45-knot winds to Richard's Bay, South Africa, we were engulfed by a 20-ft breaking wave that struck the port hull," report Mike and Deanna Ruel of the Delaware-based Manta 42 R Sea Kat. "What's that got to do with the accompanying photo?
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Either saltwater burns or Mike got all the salt water out of the propane lines of their cat's stove. The Indian Ocean is nasty!
Our stove's exhaust vent is on the port side, so the wave forced as much as two gallons of sea water through the vent. In landed on the stove and flooded our propane gas line. After several hours of dissembly and extracting the sea water with Q-Tips and alcohol, the propane flowed freely once again. This was good, because we love hot meals!" The area around Richard's Bay is known as the 'Wild Coast'. After back
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