Pensacola, FL to Isla Mujeres, Mexico was Libra’s inaugural offshore run of the 2016/2017 season and what a voyage! Many of the nine-member crew met Libra (and each other!) for the first time when they boarded on Nov. 19th, but most will say they left the boat with eight new friends they will keep for a very long time. Libra left Palafox Pier around 11:00 a.m. the morning of Nov. 20th, preparing to head south toward Isla Mujeres. The crew enjoyed some brisk winds during the first part of the trip, averaging seven knots the first two days. The crew motor-sailed the following days when the winds lied down, but the calm conditions allowed for splicing lessons during the day on the deck, soothing crew-wide sunset-watching sessions on deck in the evening and even a Captain-ordered “lights out” one night where all crew were welcomed to sit up at the bow of the boat, tethered in, and lie back in awe of the crisp smattering of stars overhead and neon phosphorescence in the water.
After a couple of nights of intense navigating among the heavy ship traffic near the Yucatan Channel, Libra picked her way safely around the reef north of the island of Isla Mujeres, surfed a legendary “ten foot wave” (it gets bigger each time we tell it!) and docked at the El Milagro Marina Thursday afternoon, Nov. 24th around 2:00 p.m. Crew member “Deep Sea Devy” then declared the “Offshore Sailing!” was so much fun it was worth celebrating with some “Inshore Drinking!” and celebrations commenced, ending with a home-made, impressive Thanksgiving spread by the staff at the El Milagro Marina for all crew members. The rest of the night and following colorful days spent in Isla Mujeres eating, drinking, salsa-dancing were a memorable Mexican blur while Libra was cleaned and prepared for her return voyage Isla Mujeres to Pensacola departing Dec. 1st. While the photos and video will never capture, we share all the same. Join us next time to Isla in March, 2017!