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Jun 24, 2008

"A Three... Hour... Tour"

You start out on a nice catamaran sail around Utila with Dave and Captain Lisa:

Utila_sail_with_dave_and_lisa

And stop for nice snorkeling atop the coral reefs by Water Cay:

Water_cay_utila

And then, 8 hours later, having made it 7/8 around the island (about 300 yards off the bottom-left point with the big breakers that would pretty much smash you to bits):

Aerialutilatowneastharbor02

...the wind dies (as it never ever does just before sundown). 

So you (eventually) flag down a fishing boat and get your butts towed in:

Utila_tow_in

Re-live the relief, in video: Utila Sail Tow In (6 MB) Mpeg

Dave's version of the story is here at Borogoves' "Third Way Round Utila".  He remembers us as being further out of danger than I recall.  But either way, we didn't feel like getting stranded on the water after sundown, not sure which way the currents would take us.  Yay for the fishing boat.

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Aerial photo of Utila (looking west-southwest) from somewhere on the web.  Our trip started at the center of the populated bay, and our mid-day stop was at the tiny cays sort of visible at center top of photo.

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