Day 5 is a non-sailing day spent at the Turtle Bay anchorage. It is also the day the rally organizers schedule a pot luck get together on the beach.
The Milagros enjoyed a relaxing day before heading over to the beach party in the afternoon. The beach party is a great people watching venue as this particular event brings together most of the boaters – which we know are a varied lot, as well as quite a few locals. Some of the locals are there to sell their wares; from beer to ceviche and tacos, and some who come out to watch the large gathering of gringos party.
There are quite a few kids on boats so there are activities to include them, too. This year there was a sand castle contest for them as well as the always popular “water balloon the Grand Poobah”. Beach vollyball, a men vs. women tug of war and, for the first time this year, a “Haha’s Got Talent” contest. While it wasn’t much of a contest it was pretty entertaining starting with two Kiwi’s who did a traditional Maori Haka (awesome!) and closed with a group equiped with inflatable guitars miming a Journey song. OK, maybe boaters are easily entertained, I’ll accept that.
Of course you also get to meet new folks and visit with old friends whom you haven’t seen for a while. Both involve trading stories about the passage so far.
Then it was back to Milagro to recover the dinghy and outboard and otherwise make ready for a departure first thing tomorrow morning.
Next leg will take about about 48 hours and conclude at Bahia Santa Maria just outside of Magdalena Bay.