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Guy Smith, SV Hipsway, Succumbs to Injuries E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Deaths
Guy Smith, SV Hipsway
December 6, 2017
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher
Photograph Sources Credited on Image

Guy Often Volunteered to Cook for Special Events
The Rio Dulce community has lost another wild and crazy, beloved character. We are sad to report that Guy Smith, of SV Hipsway, has succumbed to injuries suffered in a boating accident while in Belize. 

The accident occurred around 9:45 p.m. Friday, November 17th, off the west coast of the island of Caye Caulker. Guy and his 19-year old son were in their dinghy (reportedly no lights) when a larger vessel, belonging to Koko King Restaurant, collided with them. Guy was knocked unconscious and suffered a cut on his elbow, broken ribs and brain hemorrhaging.

His son was treated for lesser injuries and released to his mother soon after the accident. She transported him to Mexico where he received further treatment.

Guy was taken to a clinic on Caye Caulker, then transported to a hospital in Belize City. He remained there for several days before he was able to be medevaced by air ambulance to Canada. After extensive tests, it was determined that the brain damage was too extensive to undergo surgery and Guy was taken off life support. He passed peacefully on Sunday, December 3rd.

Guy was an integral part of life in Rio Dulce and his accident and death came as quite a shock. Updates on his condition were posted regularly on Facebook and his many friends have been posting photographs and memories, as well.

“Wild and crazy” is a recurring description and there are frequent mentions of his great big smile. We didn’t believe half the big tales Guy told, but it sure was fun hearing him tell them. Underneath that fun-loving exterior, though, was a truly kind person, devoted to his son, and a good friend.

Ram Marina Fundraiser for Cayo Quemado Education E-mail
The News - Latest News
December 2, 1017
by Kathi Wright, Volunteer Coordinator and
Kelli Doll, Founder of the Community Tuition Grant Program

On Saturday, December 9th, RAM Marina will be holding their annual celebrations of the 2nd anniversary of Rio Dulce’s only yacht painting booth and the 4th anniversary of the West Marine Pro products store. The day of the event everything in the marine products store will be 15% off and you will also receive 50% off selected clothing and shoes! So come on out and celebrate with the Rio Dulce community and enjoy the food, beverages, music and savings – all compliments of RAM Marina. UPDATE! See Ram's ad for a special deal below! Click "Read more..."

And once again, RAM Marina has generously offered this opportunity to the rural students of nearby village Cayo Quemado to take part in their celebration and raise funds for their Community Tuition Grant Program.  Since 2011, this Program has provided financial assistance to disadvantaged families, allowing their children to attend middle school, high school and New for the 2018 school year -- financial assistance to attend college.  Keep in mind, ALL proceeds from the silent auction and raffle go towards these students' education.

We hope you join us in what will surely be a great day and meet the students of Cayo Quemado who will be working the event and truly appreciate your support!!!

A New Day at Monkey Bay E-mail
The News - Latest News
A New Day - Sunrise Over Monkey Bay Marina
November 29, 2017
by Kitty Kenworthy, SV Dream Away

Monkey Bay Marina is sporting a major face lift after almost a year of new construction, and refurbishments. The star of the show is the brand new workshop …40’ x 28’ of covered floor space outfitted with waist-high workbenches and tables, both 110v and 220v electrical outlets, and lots of brand new tools. The lighting is high and bright which enables cruisers to work on their projects comfortably at night, if they want to do so. This outstanding amenity is available to guests residing at Monkey Bay Marina. A few slips are likely to be available in the winter season, and on into hurricane season, next year, so you might want to check it out.

Jim and Kitty, the marina managers, have worked very hard to make Monkey Bay Marina a premium marina, focused on comfort, privacy, security, and the warmth of what they call the Monkey Bay Family. Guests here quickly become friends who enjoy sundowners in the afternoons, pot luck dinners for any occasion offered, TV nights ‘at home,’ and helping one another with resources and projects. It is a cohesive community surrounded by beautiful gardens and walkways, and a tranquility not often found elsewhere on the river. Lifetime friendships develop here, and ‘family members’ can always come home. It is a rich and rewarding environment appreciated by all who live here.

You are invited to come tour the ‘new’ Monkey Bay Marina … and to have a complimentary cold drink from the outdoor kitchen, relax in the ‘rancho’ … an outdoor ‘living room’ complete with gliders, hammocks, couches, tables & chairs, exercise equipment, and a TV…and to visit the beautiful ‘Casa’ that has two buildings, two bathrooms, sleeps 10, and is available for rent through AirBnB (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/10721083). One night in the Casa, plus a home-cooked breakfast the next morning, is being offered on the Silent Auction at the Ram Marina’s big fund raiser on December 9th. You don’t want to miss this one.

Tours are by appointment only. Please call Jim and Kitty at 5368-9604 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up. Website: https://monkeybaymarina.com/

The Fully-equipped New Workshop at Monkey Bay

Obstructions in the Golfete E-mail
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Obstruction 1
Obstruction 1
November 27, 2017
via email from SV Triumphant

Coming back from Cayo Quemado on Saturday after the regatta, it was flat calm and I was able to spot & plot 2 obstructions in the lake,

Both the positions listed below were taken to the E of the obstructions

Obstruction No1 N15 42.260 W88 55.024  - 2 PHOTOS ABOVE

If you are following the Freya Rauscher waypoints it is just S of their recommended track

Obstruction No 2 N15 42.262 W88 55.274 - 3 PHOTOS BELOW

This is the same obstruction I posted on 27th September but with more accurate co-ordinates that are a bit further to the W and N of the Freya Rauscher track .

Obstruction 2
Obstruction 2

Obstruction 2

Casa Guatemala's 1st Charity Run E-mail
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Cruiser Entrants Having Fun Before the Race Even Started!
November 23, 2017
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

The weather cooperated last Sunday and Casa Guatemala's First Charity Run turned out to be a lot of fun. Most adults went for the 5K walk and the children were in both the 3K and 5K run. Heather Graham, Director of Casa Guatemala Children's Home, secured many business partners who offered much support, both financially and in personal participation with the event. 

Along with their number, entrants received a very snazzy runner's t-shirt, and samples of Fastnum gel (a much-appreciated spray for sore muscles), Sustenium energy solution/drink, and a couple of packets of Helios vitamin-enriched energy cookies. Each child received a medal, and there were huge trophies and cash prizes for first-place winners in the various categories - men, women, children, etc.

As a warm-up, Heather had a Zumba instructor come from Guatemala City to lead a routine. She skillfully energized the youth, and before long, the adults joined the kids and Casa Guatemala volunteer workers.

In all, eleven cruisers got their running or walking shoes on, plus one editor who used the excuse of needing to drive along the route to get better photographs. Heather also opted to ride, but in the back of a pick-up truck, from where she tossed bags of water to the kids who needed a drink or a good splash. First-place winner Barbara, of SV Red Shoes, kindly donated her winnings back to Casa Guatemala.You'll see a photograph of her making the decision while looking at her handful of quetzales!

Enjoy the photos...and next year we hope to see many more boaters in the race!

The Whole Group - Young and...Mature
Cruisers Join in the Zumba Warm-up

Vickie and Jim Celebrate Anniversary E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Anniversaries
Lots of Love and Laughter at Vickie and Jim's Anniversary Party
November 19,2017
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

Vickie and Jim, on SV Allegro, have spent 44 happy years together! Friends gathered at their house on Saturday to help them celebrate. Some had already gone before the camera appeared, but a good time was had by all! Vickie says she only wishes they had more room to have invited many more of their friends on the rio. Next time!

Results of Bomberos Fundraiser E-mail
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Bomberos Announcing the Grand Prize Winner of the Cow
November 12, 2017
by Jody Aston, Editor
Photographs by Jim Kenworthy, SV Dreamaway

The  Bomoberos Raffle Fundraiser was a big success! The grand prize winner was Edras Gomez. Bombero and former Captain, Rita Rabre, says he was so excited about winning that he gave another Q500 to the fund. The total raised was over Q11,000, which will cover much of the expense of kitting out the new ambulance. And in case you were wondering, the grand prize cow did not attend in person, but the bomberos had a lovely likeness available for the winner to see before going to the farm to collect her (it was a heiffer). Thanks go to Jim on SV Dreamaway for taking lots of great photographs - click "Read more..." below to see the rest of the photos. 

Little Helper on Tippytoes to Choose a Winning Ticket
Judy and Dana Displaying a Few of the Many Tickets Sold


Halloween - Bloody Good Fun on the Rio E-mail
The News - Latest News

Dad's Head on a Plate - Halloween Fun at The Shack!!

November 1, 2017
by Jody Aston,
Editor and Photographer

Rio Dulce survived zombies, beheadings, ninjas, witches and skeletons on Halloween...and even had fun in the process!

Enjoy the photos from various celebrations, including The Sundog Café, Backpackers Hotel and Restaurant, The Shack, and Mar Marine. 





Backpackers' Meal - Baked Bloody Rats in a Nest

Dreamcatcher - New Restaurant on the Rio Dulce E-mail
The News - Latest News

Dreamcatcher Eco Lodge and Restaurant

October 16, 2017
By Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

A new restaurant on the rio is creating quite a buzz. Many cruisers have already checked it out and have given it a thumbs-up! The proprietor, Liesl Kirste, contacted the Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator with details. The name of the property is “Dreamcatcher Eco Lodge,” and, as the name implies, it is also a small hostel with a dormitorio and tents.

Liesl managed a restaurant in Guatemala City. She also lived in various places around the world, and acquired diverse culinary skills. One such example is her infusion of squid, or cuttlefish, ink in her freshly made pastas. One cruiser sampled this dish, which is topped with a white wine sauce, and said it was scrumptious!

Freshly-made Pasta Infused with Squid Ink in a White Wine Sauce

There are not a lot of options for non-fish-eating vegetarians, presently, but that may change in the future. On our visit, Liesel quickly put together some hummus to go with the home-made nachos and guacamole. For more information and photos, click "Read more..." below. Image 

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