Girlfriend’s Sail is a Community Affair

It’s been a huge delight to have Matt in camp, a Frenchman who befriended the kids and I just hours after we moved camp about a mile & half further up Kino Bay than our first camp.

Matt had just rolled into town himself, on his 2-wheeled BMW (just another stop in his 3.5 yr world travel) and stumbled into our camp to inquire as to Who, What, When, Where & Why.  He must have felt welcome because he started dropping his riding boots, jacket, camera as we chatted the afternoon away and when night fell he popped up his tent on the beach beside Mitchell and Anders and he’s been here with us ever since.

Gaelyn on Matt's motorcycle

Gaelyn on Matt’s motorcycle

He’s shared the thrill of his motorcycle with several of the kids, and we can imagine a new love might have been planted inside of them.  I’m totally okay with that, having virtually grown up on the back of my brother’s street bike.

Everette was up (chilling and) working in the Great White North so it was good to have another man around camp.  Matt befriended Mitchell (& all of us) and soon they were fishing and kayaking the bay.

Mitchell decided it was time to start developing some sort of sail for Girlfriend.

Mast ideas included palm branches (the spine), wooden paddles, and hopeful-finds from Isla de Pelicano.

Mast ideas included palm branches (as seen in the pic), wooden paddles, and hopeful-finds from Isla de Pelicano in the bay.

Matt, the thrifty-talker-networker-dealmaker quickly jumped right in with helping Mitch acquire & improvise a mast & a sail.  Matt got a free mast from Catherine down the street who is a Parisian-tour guide for part of the year and spends the rest in the USA and here in Mexico paddle boarding to her hearts content.  In conversation he mentioned that Mitch was needing a mast and sail, and she volunteered a mast that had been left at her place a long while ago from somebody’s Laser or Sunfish.  Sweet!

Adjustments had to be made, so the council began with the gathering of the men.

Jamie with a broken foot in 5 places sought out the warmth of Mexico over his BC couch while recouping.  Matt with the bandana.  Louis with the apron.  Mitchell at the head of the meeting!

Jamie with a broken foot in 5 places sought out the warmth of Mexico over his BC couch while recouping. Matt with the bandana. Louis with the apron. Mitchell at the head of the meeting!

*Louis, the Mexican who works at the restaurant across the street, who checks on our daily ocean catch and lets Mitchell and Maret take over the kitchen to fry up their day’s catch.

*Jamie, a previous Chem & Biology teacher from the Kootenays (BC) who now teaches Mechanics and Shop at high school.  Jamie and his wife, Penny, had never been to Kino Bay, but while the rest of us were out for Thanksgiving Dinner they recognized Matt’s bike from his time in BC and plopped themselves down in the camp next to us. For Matt it was like meeting an old friend from back home.

*Matt, who I’ve already introduced

*Mitchell, the builder and owner of Girlfriend, proud of all his accomplishments, always accepting ideas from others but very capable of choosing the idea that sits right with him.  His Dad and I are so proud that he’s become a good decision-maker through this process of building his first boat.  He’s had many experienced sailers share opinions and ideas, and he’s weeded through them and chosen the one that seemed right for him. It might not always be the ideal choice, but he’s learning not to succumb to strong personalities or feel pressured but to do what seems best to him (and possibly suffer the consequences of his choice but own up to it, nonetheless).

Mast made from his two wooden paddles.  Rowing would now be with his kayak paddles.

Mast made from his two wooden paddles. Rowing would now be with his kayak paddles.

Ready to set sail.  Turned out to be somewhat slow, not too big of a sail.  But Mitch and Everette sailed down to the Oxxo and back, about 3 miles total, in 2+ hrs.  Nice afternoon out.  Can't be in a hurry to get anywhere, but then we're in Mexico with no need to get anywhere quickly anyways!

Ready to set sail. Here he’s got the mast & a boom, and using a tarp from Matt, taped into shape as not to cut it.  Turned out to be not too big of a sail, somewhat slow. All ready to go when Everette arrived from Canada.  Mitch and Everette sailed down to the Oxxo and back, about 3 miles total, in 2+ hrs. Nice afternoon out. Can’t be in a hurry to get anywhere, but then we’re in Mexico with no need to get anywhere quickly anyway!

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