We're finally heading out for a shakedown cruise. I can't believe it! Oh yeah baby, we're sailing again! We took off with Emrick and Claudia on "Sojourner" a Bristol 32, and headed to a little bay not too far away (Caleta Lobos). When we got there Sal and Gloria of "Friendship" joined us. We've been sharing the docks with these two boats so it was kind of cool that we all shared this little anchorage as well. The next day we all decided to head for another anchorage on Isla Espiritu Santo called Bahia San Gabriel. The other two boats headed out as Laura and I got ready, but when we were ready to go our starting battery was dead. Fortunately our other one got us started. As we got going we realized we had no power, neutral or reverse. Micky rigging the throttle got us going but only forward. We thought about going back to the marina to fix it but decided to meet the other boats at the new anchorage. Good choice. This anchorage was beautiful with a long white sandy beach. The camera that has these pictures doesn't want to load them in to the computer but I'm sure we'll be there again so we'll add some later. After spending a great night at San Gabriel we limped back to the marina where Sal helped me figure out what was wrong. We got it fixed and the next day headed back out to Isla Partida.
After Sal helped me fix our throttle problem "Friendship" and "Hanali" headed back out to Partida. It's an anchorage right in between the two Islands. It's a good spot to be if the winds come up from the North or South. It was actually windy when we pulled into anchor and later that night it howled from the south which they call Coromuels here. The next morning we hooked up with Dario from "Ballena" who offered to show us the sea caves. We let Friendship use our dinghy and we went with Dario to the caves. Some how, along the way, Dario ended up with all the women and the guys ended up in our dinghy. Hmmmm. We had a great day checking out the sea caves and when we got back we got a Yellow Tail from some local fisherman for about $8. They cut it up into 7 huge steaks and some filets. The party was on! We BBQ'd the fish steaks and, oh man, I gotta tell you that was by far the best meal that we've had since we've been here. We had a good night with some good friends and then we had an AWESOME sunset. If you can put all the boat work aside I can see why they say "Living the Dream"