Bellying Up to the Rio Dulce Bar July 27, 2001
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Posted: July 27, 2001
Bellying Up to the Rio Dulce Bar
On the Río Dulce River, Guatemala
15 46.71 N 88 48.17 W
July 27, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
There were only three possible places we could get in trouble between the Sapodilla islands of Belize, and Livingston Harbor, just inside the mouth of Guatemala's river called Río Dulce. All were shallows. The first two turned out to be no problem, and that left only crossing the skinny, unbuoyed bar that, at its deepest, runs just six feet below the surface and stretches for nearly a mile across the entrance to the river. From sea we couldn't spot the open...... Read More

Dats Life, Mon July 20, 2001
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Posted: July 20, 2001
Dat's Life, Mon
Punta Manabique, Cabo de Tres Puntas, Guatemala
15 55.82 N 88 36.29 W
July 20, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
The rain squalls of June intensified into more complicated weather systems of tropical waves as hurricane season began, and finally our button was pushed. Douglas and I decided to hightail it for Guatemala and get some cover. The voyage from the relative protection of Placentia out to Hunting Cay in the Sapodillas, the southernmost islands in Belize's offshore archipelago wasn't a long one. From there we'd make the one-day hop over to Guatemala's Cabo de Tres Puntas, tr...... Read More

Sleep is About Anchoring July 13, 2001
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Posted: July 13, 2001
Sleep is About Anchoring
Hunting Cay, Sapodilla Islands, Belize
16 06 791 N 88 16.438 W
July 13, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
We're anchored tonight just inside the barrier reef, about 20 miles east of the Belizean mainland, near Hunting Cay, nearly a half-mile off the beach in 25 feet of clear water. When we arrived here this afternoon from Placencia, we searched and found a precious oasis of sand among the coral patches and heads in which to drop our hook and get a decent hold. I'm pleased that I'm getting used to free diving the anchor at these depths, because six months ago I couldn't do it....... Read More

Tropical Waves, and Hairy Moments At Glover’s
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Posted: July 06, 2001
Tropical Waves, and Hairy Moments At Glover's
Southwest Cay, Glover Reef, Belize
16 45.707 N 87 47.001 W
July 6, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
Almost every night this week my dreams have included images of someone pouring water on my head, or spraying a hose in my face, or dropping me off a bridge into the water. Invariably, I awaken at those moments to find rain coming in the hatch over our V-berth and Douglas sleeping soundly beside me, soaked. I awaken him, and then there's the mad dash to close hatches and ports as powerful squalls pass over, usually packing winds anywhere from 25 to 35 kn...... Read More

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