In the deepest of sleeps, I hear Matt moving around above me, hoisting the mainsail, pulling up the anchor, and starting the engine. It must be 3 or 4 in the morning, because that is when we decided to leave Cozumel and head to Isla Mujeres. It is a 50-mile sail, which could take us anywhere between 10 and 14 hours. We need to make it there before dark so we can find our way into the harbor safely and find a good spot to anchor.
Soon we are out of the harbor and Matt turns off the engine. The sound of the wind in the sails is wonderful. We are still going upwind, but the swell is not nearly so big. I give up trying to sleep and climb into the cockpit to watch the stars and wait for the sun to rise. It is so peaceful and beautiful.
Eventually, the sun begins to warm the sky with a red glow, melting away the stars. The boys wake up one by one and cuddle up to us in the cockpit. We look for dolphins and watch fishing boats in the distance.
We sail right in front of Cancun, marveling at the endless row of high-rise hotels right on the beach. We sail past it for hours and I wonder how many tourists are watching us, wanting to be on a sailboat right now. I think about how nice it might be to sleep in a comfy hotel bed and order room service at an all-inclusive resort. It sounds nice, but I am pretty darn happy to be on the sailboat today.
Just past Cancun Matt is reeling in his fishing line and realizes he has caught a barracuda! He is stoked and the boys are beside themselves. Matt cleans the fish while I get the boys down for a nap, and before we know it we are coming into Isla Mujeres harbor.
We set anchor with a big sigh of relief. We don’t have to move again anytime soon. We are meeting our friend, Amy, here in a month. We have time to check out the island and get settled in. We are tired and weary from being on the move for so long.
The next evening is New Year’s Eve, and we celebrate in style on the boat with a huge bowl of barracuda ceviche. We don’t make it until midnight, however, still too exhausted from our trip we are in bed by 9. We wake up briefly at midnight and enjoy the fireworks exploding over our boat.