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Interactive Map of Rio Dulce Created by Pat Harper E-mail
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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

Pizza and a Movie at Tortugal Friday, March 3rd E-mail
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March 3, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor
Rio Dulce Welcomes the Salt Assault Fest E-mail
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February 29, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor

If you have wandered around Rio Dulce the past week, you may have noticed an influx of dreadlocked, copiously-inked young people in town. It’s that time of year when we, once again, extend a warm welcome to the meetup of a self-described alternative lifestyle group interested in sailing. Rio Dulce has been the destination for the meetup since 2010, and many of us have come to know and appreciate the organizers and the tremendous amount of effort that goes into planning this event. Tyler, of SV En Cavale, and his cohorts start the process months in advance, in Key West, Florida. The meetup has a new name this year. It is called the Salt Assault Fest.

SV Eleuthera and SV Pisces Head Upriver
Most of the participants have no sailing experience but are eager to learn. The group stays at Backpackers Hostel, and has a week to ten days full itinerary of hands-on sailing activities and workshops. They begin with classes in nautical safety and branch into classes in splicing techniques, maps and topography, weather forecasting, outboard repair, diesel engine maintenance, traditional crew dynamics, celestial navigation, women in command, reefing, solar and thermodynamics, and…well, you probably get why we are impressed with their enthusiastic endeavors!

Several Rio Dulce boaters have offered assistance to the group by inviting participants aboard for the sailing introduction and instruction activities…and fun sailing! The first day, sailing vessels Eleuthera, Drum Thunder, and Grace were all spotted coursing the Rio Dulce along with Salt Assault sailing vessels Pisces, Otra Vida and En Cavale. The Fest continues through

SV En Cavale and Busy Crew
Friday, so there is still time to share your knowledge…and your boat, if you would like to help. Stop by Backpackers, or contact Tyler on 68, after the morning Cruiser’s Net, and let him know you will give them a hand.

(Lots more photos below!)

Editor’s Note: If any of you see a photo you would like, I’ll be happy to email you a larger file, as these are a small size, to fit our website. I also have many more of the day sail pictured in this article. Contact me (Jody) by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


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