Our departure from Zihuatenajo was followed by two night arrivals into unfamiliar ports. We typically try to avoid this for obvious safety reasons. Our original intention was to head straight to Acapulco from Zihuatenajo. This would be an overnight sail. If we could have actually sailed we would have kept going, however, the wind died around 6pm so we decided to head in to Papanoa instead of motoring through the night. Luckily we knew three other boats that we had met in Zihuatenajo would be in Papanoa to direct us in. The entrance was pretty straightforward but the anchorage area behind the breakwater was pretty tight with four sailboats and the local pangas. We dropped the hook in the only spot we could and hit the hay for a good night’s sleep.
We woke up with the sunrise the next day to begin our 70 mile journey to Acapulco. It was likely that we would arrive again at night. We were hoping for some good wind to pick up some speed and hopefully get in earlier. What we got instead was a 5-7 foot short choppy swell with about 12 knots of wind and a knot of current against us. We pushed along and had a comfortable downwind ride with our main down and genoa up. We sailed right into Acapulco harbor with a dolphin escort and dropped the hook at 10pm. Luckily Acapulco has a nice wide open entrance to navigate through. We were surrounded by the city lights in the “bowl of diamonds.”
The next day we set out to explore the city and were quite disappointed. We felt like we had traveled backwards and ended up in Ensenada again. The city was dirty, dirty, dirty. Everywhere we looked there was a truck full of heavily armed police or military officials. As with most big cities, Acapulco is known for their crime.
The highlight of our time in Acapulco was seeing the cliff divers. We arrived at the dive site for the one o’clock show. For 40 pesos each we were able to watch six men with a death wish dive off the side of a cliff into a small crevice of water with surging waves. There are prayer alters at the top of the cliff in the staging area. Each diver climbs the side of the cliff with no climbing gear whatsoever, then kneels at the altar before making their plunge off the cliff. Seeing all of the divers walk away unscathed after their dive really gives me confidence in the power of a prayer. : )
|La Quebrada cliff diving site|
|Divers climbing up the cliff to their dive platform.|
|Getting ready for their big jump.|
|Hey girls, come get you picture taken with five guys in Speedos!|
|Yet another use for cardboard.|
|This fort was built to keep pirates out of Acapulco Bay.|
|A typical taxi in Acapulco.|
|I want that job.|
|Hey Katelyn, turn around and enjoy the view...|