November 2, 2004

Bahia Santa Maria

Mary here - How are you all doing? And what is happening out there?

Tomorrow we will be getting hourly reports on election results but I haven't heard any political conversations going on around here. There just are too many other things to talk about, such as the people, their histories and very recent experiences (yesterday).

We left Turtle Bay expecting a leisurely downwind sail to Bahia Santa Maria. It turned out to be a bit more boisterous. So we arrived after some time flying the spinnaker, wing on wing and good old motor with Otto (The Autopilot). He's a great fellow. (bill: looks nothing like the one in Airplane ;-}

We arrived just after sunset and had a great sleep after anchoring. This sail was 37 hours.

Doctor Radio had several patients today. So we met some new interesting people. We have been very fortunate not to have any problems since we left on the Ha Ha. It hasn't been the same for many people but there is a huge resource pool among the other sailors. And everyone is most willing to help.

We didn't fish yesterday but the fish were striking. Another boat we crossed tracks with during the day brought over some fresh ahi. Mmmmm. We just finished a nice dinner of the ahi, roast garlic potatoes, corn and some nice Zinfandel (naturally Zin). So we aren't suffering.

The temperature has gotten warmer and the water temperature is up to 72 degrees. We'll be swimming soon.

I know we warned everyone about not swamping us with mail but we may have overdone it. We'd love to hear from you.

Let me see what else Bill wants to add.

Bill here - I just realized that it's been almost two weeks since we've last checked regular email or gone onto a website (That was in the Starbucks in San Diego)! So if any of you sent us anything on any email other than via winlink.... We didn't get it (yet)!

It's interesting how many people left on this cruise without learning how to work their radios..... Fortunately, 9 out of 10 issues I've been solving have been easily fixed by showing them how to use it!

All is well here in this BEAUTIFUL bay!

Warmest regards,

Mary and Bill

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