We got to take another group of YWAM students out on our boat! Spending the summer here in Mazatlan has been fun because of all the people we have been able to meet. Up until a couple of days ago, we had taken out two groups of YWAM students. It’s been interesting getting to know each group as they come and hang out with us for the day.
The last two times we had people out, the timing of the day was directly tied to what the tides were going to be like. It’s best if we can go out and come back into the channel at or near high tide. That meant that we spent almost the whole day out on the water. It was fun, but it was also a pretty long day for us and the students. This latest trip was a little easier to plan because there was almost no tidal shift all day long. That made it possible for us to come and go basically whenever we wanted to. It was nice to have the extra freedom. This time the YWAM group was accompanied by ¾ of our already fast friends the Ebios. It was fun having them along, partly because they’re fun, but also to have some extra helping hands that happen to know exactly what they’re doing. It was a fun day: everyone showed up around 9:30 and I think we were heading out by 10. It was a dead calm when we were leaving, so we started out motoring.
This time we actually took a different path to the island than we normally have. We went inside of the other islands on the way, instead of skirting around the outside. The first couple of times we went to the island, we were worried that it was going to be too shallow going inside of the islands, but we learned that it was in fact deep enough from a few friends that knew the area much better. When we got to the island we dropped anchor and pulled out fins and masks. Everyone went swimming, and a few people even swam over to the island to do some exploring. I normally don’t swim to the island, mostly just because I would rather hang out in the water instead of out of the water. After about an hour in the water, people were starting to head back up onto the boat, and grabbing some lunch.
After lunch we decided to pull up anchor and try our hands at some sailing. There was still almost no wind, so we weren’t expecting much- just to hopefully keep the sails filled enough to move the boat a little. Fortunately there was just enough wind to set us going at about 1 1/2 knots (slightly faster than 1 1/2 mph). I think everyone wanted more wind, but we were all grateful that we at least had enough wind to move. We sailed for a while until the wind died a little too much. At that point we had to drop the sails and motor the rest of the way back. I think that everyone had a very enjoyable day out on the water. I think everyone enjoyed themselves at least as much as I did, and I think they probably even learned some useful information as well.