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White-hat John Leaves the Rio E-mail
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White-hat John is Saying Adios to the Rio

April 9, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor

After many happy years here on the Rio Dulce, White-hat John decided to move back to the USA. Friends gave him a good send-off at Pony-tail John’s apartment last week. (We have to keep all these Johns straight, somehow!) Mikey the Wrench bought John’s boat (yep, with the motorcycle still onboard), leaving him free to go. He’s excited about getting into gardening, again, and living near his family. We’re going to miss White-hat John and his good-natured teasing, but he promises he will be back to visit us. We extend warm wishes for a happy future, John!

Guy Holds Up John's Going-away Card, Signed by Many Friends



Easter Fun Regatta Lived Up to Its Name E-mail
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Easter Fun Regatta Off to a Good Start
March 30, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor
Photographs by Jody Aston, except where noted

David, Expectations 2, Using His Special Award for Endurance on Nicola
The Easter Fun Regatta definitely lived up to its name! Starting with a Skippers and Crew meeting Thursday night, and of course, a little party-time afterwards, the race got off to a good start on Friday, with approximately 17 boats competing. Sailing in bright golden sunshine midst the tropical hills and canyons of the shimmering, clear green Sweet River is a fine way to race…if only the wind cooperates! On Friday, unfortunately – it didn’t! In spite of that minor detail, though, a great time was had by all.

David, on Expectations 2 won a special prize for endurance. Organizer, Nicola (SV Tantalus), explained that he actually won the race because he was in a pedal kayak, and due to the total absence of wind, that was the only way one could make any progress at all! Since David used pedal power and was not completely under sail power, the first prize went to Karen and Martin on their Hobie Cat, Grassy Ass! Second place was awarded to Retriever, and Eleuthera came in third.

Martin Congratulated by Nicola for His First Place Win on Grassy Ass
Perhaps Chac, the Maya god of rain and weather took pity on us and stirred up a bit of breeze. On Saturday, the wind billowed through the sails, and competitive spirits soared along with it. NJoy Boat took the top prize…an inflatable dolphin! Cool Change came in second and Grace placed third, winning highly-coveted water pistols for their efforts.

Between Texan Mike’s El Manglar Restaurante and Mauritz’s Burnt Key Marina, there was an abundance of music, conversation and socializing among friends, new and old. Every point of sail and action was rehashed, every tack analyzed and scrutinized. If, by some slim chance, any mistakes were made during the race, the mantra for the night was, “the CREW did it!”

Grace and Lizzie Belle Battle for the Finish Line

Interactive Map of Rio Dulce Created by Pat Harper E-mail
Features - Cruiser Views
Screenshot of Interactive Google Map of Rio Dulce
March 23, 2016
By Jody Aston, Editor

Pat Harper, of SV Ecos, has been working on a labor of love for the Rio Dulce cruising community...and she wants everyone's corroboration to support and enhance her gift of an interactive Google Map of Rio Dulce. Over the last few months, Pat has been collecting sailing waypoints, anchorages and various other pieces of information for boaters and all travelers to the Rio Dulce area.

Map Creator Pat Harper
She requests your help with additions of places of interest and in making corrections. Once she has received input from the boating community, we will make a permanent link to this page on the Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator menu. When asked why she began such an extensive project, Pat said that she maintains a website in the States and is working on a map project for that site, the Southern Oregon Historical Society. She saw a need for one to benefit the cruising community and said, "Mainly I do this kind of thing because I enjoy it - when it's going well!"

Editor's UPDATE: The map is now permanently linked to the Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator menu on the right - second to last category!

Here’s the link to the MAP, and information on how you can help: 

Hit the + button at the bottom to zoom into the Rio Dulce. Click the icon, upper left corner, for the list of locations. Pat has included brief instructions for you on the map (and we will expand on those at the end of this article), and categories of Marinas; Hotels and Restaurants; Towns, Villages, Places; Other Services and Businesses, Anchorages, and Coordinates for Cruisers.

Please send suggestions and corrections to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

While you are at it, you can give her a big ‘high-five’ for such an outstanding contribution to the Rio Dulce boating community. Thanks, Pat!  

Below are the extended instructions from Pat, and more photographs. She makes it easy, so no excuses for not collaborating!

El Manglar Regatta 2016 E-mail
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March 20, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor
El Manglar Texas Independence Day Party E-mail
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El Manglar Restaurante Texas Independence Day Celebration
March 15, 2016
Story by Katherine (Kitty) Kenworthy and
Photographs by Jim Kenworthy of SV Dreamaway

WOW !! What a feast! ‘Texan’ Mike rewarded all the faithful Texans and Republic of Texas adoptees with a traditional meal of BBQ pork with spicy sauce, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, and green enchiladas along with hot sauce and stewed black beans with cream. And, oh, those lovely desserts…cherry pie, apple crisp, and peach cobbler. Over fifty cruisers joined in the fun and good food to celebrate Texas Independence Day on March 2nd at El Manglar Restaurant in Cayo Quemado. All had a grand time.

Texan Bay Mike Payne with Suli and Baby Mike

It’s a real treat to have Mike back in the kitchen with all his wonderful hamburgers, Tex-Mex food, and especially the fabulous Texas treat, chicken-fried steak. If you haven’t been down to El Manglar Restaurante, just around the corner from Burnt Key Marina, you may want to head that way soon. You’ll be glad you did. It has now been royally discovered, and should be on your list as a high priority for good eats and visiting. (More of Jim's Photographs below.)

Photographs by Johnny Aaram - 2nd Edition E-mail
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The Beautiful Rio Dulce Gorge by Johnny Aaram

March 12, 2016
2nd Edition of Photographs by Johnny Aaram

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Smiling Family of Rio Dulce Fishers by Johnny Aaram

Pizza and a Movie at Tortugal Friday, March 11th E-mail
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El Manglar Easter Fun Regatta 25th - 26th March 2016 E-mail
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Photo of Last Year's Regatta - Get Ready to Race Again This Year!

March 8, 2016
By Nicola Quartermaine on SV Tantalus

Come down to the Easter Regatta, which, this year, will be hosted by Mike at El Manglar restaurant in Texan Bay. Skippers (and crew) informal meeting at 5pm on Thursday 24th at Manglar to discuss the course and the rules!

Noel on SV Tantalus in the 2015 Regatta
We have one race each day (Friday 25th & Saturday 26th) around 1pm in the Golfete once the wind has got up, the course being determined by the wind and the organisers (nothing too strenuous). It is a friendly, unruly cruisers' regatta so any kind of sailboat can join in...there is likely to be a form of handicapping (but not what you might expect!). It is great fun and, of course, there is always the post-race party back at Mike's to look forward to.

We need helpers, too, so if you don't want to race but want to join in the fun, just come on down and help on a committee boat. There is also a rumour that there will be inner tube water polo!!

It would help if we had an idea of numbers so please contact Nicola on Tantalus or 4879-7360 if you want to take part or help out at the regatta itself, or call Sandy, on SV Bonnie, if you just want to go to Mike's.

Photographs by Johnny Aaram E-mail
Features - Photographs from Around the Rio

Sunset on the Rio Dulce by Johnny Aaram

March 5, 2016

Thanks to Johnny Aaram for sending the Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator some lovely photographs of Rio Dulce. He is soon returning to our tropical paradise, after spending a few freezing months in his native Norway!

El Golfete Fishermen by Johnny Aaram

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