Thursday Oct 21, 2021

Sailing Costa Rica

I have sailed my entire life, in fact growing up on Cape Cod it is practically a law for a child in their teens to own a sailboat. In fact, I remember that my father helped me buy my first sunfish. I gave him the first thousand dollars I had saved from work summers and he came back with my new sunfish. I remember finding a two-wheeled wheelbarrow specially designed to push the sunfish onto the beach. It had a metal loop like the top half of a giant paper clip that fitted through the hole in the center plate with two inflatable scooter tires. Hooray, I was sailing.

I now live in Costa Rica and I still love sailing and I have the true fortune to navigate Costa Rica with a friend and several clients who have allowed me access to their boats. We recently did a wonderful sailing to Ollie’s Point and around Papagayo in a beautiful 32 foot trimaran that really pulls your tail, if you know what I mean. The boat is so fast in the right winds that the dolphins were able to ride our bow wake as they do on motor boats. In fact, the wake I remember assured me that we could have shot at least 1 water skier. The man was so funny.

We were sailing at the end of the dry season in Costa Rica, which has a surreal beauty of its own. The transformation from a lush jungle to the dry hills of California takes place in Guanacaste every year beginning in December and lasts approximately two months as the jungle transforms from an impenetrable green carpet to an arid, dry and brown landscape of a desert covered with leafless trees. You are unfamiliar with weather patterns in the world’s last dry rainforest (I know it seems like a contradiction in terms, but bear with me). The rainy season (green) lasts from April to December, then the winds turn from the north and the rain stops on a dime. The perpetual sun embraces the region for five months without a single drop of rain normally. The days are beautiful and warm, but definitely a tourist’s delight. The dry and sunny season perfectly coincides with the northern winters, making Costa Rica a very popular destination for snowbirds.

The best thing for sailors in Costa Rica is that at this time of year the north winds are strong and constant. On this truly beautiful day we had a northeast wind pulling 15-20 knots which allowed us to have a lot of fun with such a slim lady and a captain who knew how to really trim that boat.

We moored the boat in Playa del Coco for the after party that is always the custom after a day of sailing through Costa Rica. Fresh seafood buckets with beers and a party atmosphere really were the perfect climax to a great day out on the go.

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