March 02-03 – Wednesday/Thursday La Cruz
Weeks ago Bob Moroney agreed to meet me in PV on March 01 and join as crew. As serendipity and my good fortune would have it he has arrived here and David and Lisa depart, and a new chapter of the adventures of Raven’s Dance begins when we sail up Banderas Bay to La Cruz.
We anchored in time to go to Philo’s for an evening concert by the Luna Rumba, popular throughout Mexico. They include La Cruz on their tour, I guess, because of the ambiance, the intimacy, and the enthusiastic audience reaction
. The concert was THE event of the week, with proceeds going to benefit children of the community. The ticket price was 150 pesos. If we had been in New York City this event would have been a black-tie concert at Philharmonic Hall, and the ticket price would have been in the hundreds of dollars. But a shirt (collar or collarless), shorts and a warn out pair of Sperry Topsiders are formal wear here.
I met Jeanne Socrates, famous for her accomplishment as a 60-plus year old, female, solo circumnavigator (succeeded on her third attempt), at the event and had brunch with here the following day http://www.svnereida.com/. She’s understated, laid back, and charming with her British thoughts and accent. We didn’t much trade sea stories (because mine pale by comparison) but her achievement is all the more remarkable since she learned sailing in her sixties. All world-class sailors I’ve met are modest about their achievements. She casually mentioned that she took two full knockdowns, one off Cape Horn, that took out her wind generator for several months. I asked her how she answers the question
“where is home” and she answered without hesitation
“on my boat.”
In the afternoon Lisa came to pack and depart. We had a long heart-to-heart that cleared the air and ended in hugs. We are clear that she is welcome to return to RD, should “the devil that she knows is better than the devil she doesn’t.” But the die is cast and she is departing. She is one of the most fully alive, and volatile, persons I’ve ever met. There is a little hole in my heart and a big hole in the personality of Raven’s Dance without her. But this chapter is closed
It’s Thursday night, movie night in the amphitheater. And Bob and I joined the large crowd in the open air and watched “The Spy” with Tom Hanks. Then return to RD and bed, for tomorrow we leave fond memories of La Cruz behind to explore the unknown north in the Sea of Cortez.