[Hi there. Recently, both Skymate and our current marina's WiFi connection have been so weak and intermittent, I haven't been able to post any text to this here blog, let alone photos. I'm workin' on it, but meanwhile here's what I tried posting 4 days ago & have been trying to post ever since. -m]
At midnight last night (4/3), winds rose to E 13-18kt. & seas built to a steep, rolly 5'-6' on a 5-6 sec. period. We couldn't slow the boat down even w/ a double-reefed headsail & no foresail - still scooting along at 5-6 kt. SOG. Contents of lockers & drawers rattled loudly belowdecks. Hove-to ~20mi. offshore of Puerto Morelos but w/ the fresh breeze, tall waves & a strong current of 2-3 kt., we were STILL moving at 5-6 kt. SOG, in the wrong direction. Dodged 2 freighters & 3 cruise ships in the dark, so we resumed motorsailing. Entered Marina El Cid, Puerto Morelos, Mexico, at 0830, 4/4, after 7 days/7 nights & 881 miles at sea. We're tired, Fox is salty inside & out, & we've paid port capt. & immigration a total of $152 to enter Mexico again. All's well - so let the cleaning begin!
[4/8 update: we read news reports that during the week we were underway, the Caribbean side of Panama experienced some unseasonably heavy rains, and places we'd sailed past on our way off the coast of Panama have had some homes lost due to flooding and landslides. Meanwhile, most of our passage was quite calm and it was all rain-free. Sometimes we feel like the roadrunner, blissfully ignorant of the falling boulders he's just dodged.]