With hurricane season fast approaching in the tropics and cruisers making decisions about staying aboard or stowing their boats, we’ve once again decided to park Yahtzee and head north for summer adventures. Jill jumped at the opportunity to accept a summer contract working in community mental health in our homeport of Seward, and we’re all looking forward to seeing our Alaska friends again and playing in this amazing part of the world. From Alaska we’ll head eastward to spend time with family in Michigan and New York before returning to Mexico in late October.

In making this decision, the biggest thing we had to figure out was where to safely leave Yahtzee. Having enjoyed our time in Chiapas, Mexico earlier this year and with an affordable marina and boatyard, excellent staff to keep an eye on our adventure mobile, and nearby airport, Marina Chiapas quickly became the clear choice.

The only issue was that we were in Nicaragua and needed to sail the 450+ miles back. No problem! Relishing the chance to get out on a passage before leaving the boat, we waited for the right weather window and made the hop last weekend. Fortunately, we chose wisely and the weather shaped up for several days of glorious downwind sailing under the Code Zero with dolphins playing on the bow, stars telling stories across the sky, and the crew settling into a groove. It was one of our all time best and favorite passages.

Safely tucked in at the marina, it’s great to be back in Mexico now as we prepare Yahtzee to come out of the water for the summer. Enjoy the video!

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