Clearing out of Mexico…. briefly

So I got most of the boat projects knocked off, Liz came down and was ready to cross with me (I decided I did not like solo passages) and we did a huge provisioning run, getting two months worth of tinned food

We did this by moving the boat to a marina near a costco – while we were there we loaded up on food for two other boats as well, strapping it onto the deck under a tarp

The marina also had some… interesting wildlife

Once we got back there were a few more projects to finish (just a few days of work) and we started getting excited, watching our friends’ boats take off

Finally, a few days after provisioning, it was time for us to leave! We tidied the boat up

and then went to the checkout in Nuevo Vallarta, and got our paperwork in, and the next day got our boat inspection and zarpe (departure clearance). We were off….!

…. sort of. Once we got out of the marina and were on our way, I checked the internet and found that overnight French Polynesia had gone from allowing sailboats to skip quarantine to placing a blanket ban on all arrivals. Oh no!

With heavy hearts, the next day we checked back into Mexico. Of our friend boats, some are close enough to turn around, a couple are diverting to Hawaii and a couple are pressing on. It’s looking pretty obvious that it’s not going to blow over this season, and I’ll be stuck in Mexico for the foreseeable future – right now they are not issuing clearances to any foreign ports.

This is, of course, a real punch to the gut, as I was supposed to go last year but suspended because it looked like a no-deal Brexit would have while I was halfway across. At this rate maybe aliens will attack next year if I try again?

I’m not really sure what to do now – as I’ve stayed in Mexico two years longer than I’d planned due to the aforementioned events my travel kitty isn’t looking as healthy as it was, and my chances of being able to get back to Canada this summer again and work are looking…. low. For now, I’ll stay in Mexico and self-isolate, going to remote anchorages. We have tons of food and the watermaker is working great, so we are pretty set until this all blows over. What the plan will be after that, I have no idea as of yet.

I hope everyone is keeping safe! And let’s hope this all clears up pretty soon!




  1. That really sucks Matt. I was looking forward to your trip as much as you were 🙂 Hopefully you can get in some good cruising. There’s still a lot to see. I have friends down in Zihua (Hmmmm, I wonder if they are stuck too) and I’ve heard there is some good cruising down that way before summer hits.

    Hopefully this will slow down after a spell. If it doesn’t, then you wouldn’t find any work here anyway—things are slowly shutting down completely. At this point I am almost thinking of skipping town for our boat.

    • Yeah, looking at options now. Probably going to head north into the sea of cortez I think

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