Four couples from Port Ludlow Yacht Club journeyed to Belize (formerly British Honduras)on January 20,2007 for a bareboat charter and tours of the area. The trip was organized by Rich & Syd Hatch. The other couples were Terry & Lee Brush, Tom & Betty Kingston, and Bill & Lu Whitney. They flew from Seattle to Houston and then onward to Belize City; followed by a shuttle flight to San Pedro, Belize.
Belize is a very interesting country, sparsely populated with mixed ethnic background. The basic language is English, but most people seemed to be bilingual with Spanish. U.S. State Department Notes on the country can be seen by clicking on the following link: (BELIZE NOTES)
Hotel reservations had been made at the Sunbreeze Hotel located on the beach at San Pedro close to the TMM Charter Company dock. The Sunbreeze hotel turned out to be an excellent choice with outstanding service, very good accomodations and with great restaurant food and service at a very attractive price compared to other San Pedro offerings. They then spent 3 days resting, touring San Pedro, and stocking supplies for the charter cruise.
The chartered boat was a 46 foot Bahai model catamaran with 4 double berth cabins and individual heads. Additional single berths were available forward of the forward cabins and pilot berths were also located in the passageway connecting the cabins in each hull. The boat design was good and provided comfortable accomodations with plenty of storage room. Unfortunately, several of the boat systems were not operating properly and a couple of rather serious mechanical failures occured which somewhat disrupted what would otherwise have been an outstanding cruise.
The charter cruise began on January 23 with a pleasant sail to Caye Caulker for an on shore visit and an overnite anchorage. During the next 3 days the voyage continued south with stops in the Drowned Cayes, English Caye, Water Caye and Colson Caye. A turn around was made at Colson Caye. On the return an overnight stops were made at Bluefield Range, Shag Bluff and at Caye Chapel which is noted for its beautiful 18 hole golf course and deluxe condo and rental facilities. The charter ended with return to San Pedro on Jan 31. An additional 3 nights were spent at the Sunbreeze Hotel until departure on February 3. During these later lay days, arrangements were made by several of the party to go on special snorkeling trips in the environmentally protected reef waters near San Pedro and the Hatches, Kingtstons and Bill Whitney also went on a tour trip to the Mayan ruins at Altun Ha.
The water was quite shallow inside the main reef where we cruised with depth usually from 7 to 9 feet. This can be seen on the chart of the first day 13 mile cruise from San Pedro to Caye Caulker as shown on the following chart.
Overall, everyone had a most enjoyable time and our thanks go to Rich Hatch for organizing and leading the group adventure.
The following photos on pages 1 through 4 were taken by Bill Whitney. The photos on pages 5 and 6 were taken by Betty Kingstgon. All photos are shown at 400 pixel width. You may click on them for a larger photo of 700 pixel width. To return to the 400 pixel photos, use your 'back' button.
San Pedro, Belize photos
Belize Cruising Photos
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