The Embargo Precautorio Ends - For Us[Note: If you have not been following our experience with Mexican officialdom, the following will not make any sense. Take a look at our four previous posts if you want to understand what we are explaining.]
It Ended Like It Began - IndirectlyFor about a week, we had watched what looked to us to be growing pressure on the SAT to resolve the embargo. The story was carried by the Mexican press in a way that was unfavorable to SAT. In one story the SAT was reported to have said that the boats in the Marina Riviera Nayarit had already been released! Officials in the tourism department of the government were quoted as saying extremely derisive things about SAT's embargo.
So - What Now?We're stocking up on food and necessary paper products, and getting all our clothes and sheets washed in preparation for the first leg of our journey southward. At the risk of jinxing our plans (calling up lousy weather - or worse, no wind) here's the general idea for our truncated sailing season:
- Monday: Depart the marina and spend a few days touring some anchorages in Bandaras Bay we've never visited (Punta Mita; Tres Marietas) to acclimate ourselves and Abracadabra to life off the dock.
- When The Weather Looks Good: Around Cabo Corrientes and continue overnight to wherever it seems like a good idea to stop (Chamela? Tenacatita?).
- The Rest of February: Southerly ho - Barra de Navidad; Bahia Santiago.
- March 2-9 (some or all?): Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa for the Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival.
- The Rest of March: Terra y mar incognito -- new places for us, such as Acapulco, Bahias de Huatulco, Golfo de Tehuantepec (there be monsters) and Chiapas.
- April-ish: Central America -- probably no further than El Salvador this year.