We have found cruising to prove the maxim, “it’s a small world.” We have run into a myriad of people we have met earlier in our travels, or earlier in our lives, walking down a dock in some foreign town. However, some of our encounters have exceeded even this maxim’s bounds. Encountering both Socrates and Jesus within a few short days illustrates the point. Let us explain.
Eulalie encountered Socrates in LaPaz. While walking in Marina La Paz, Eulalie happened upon a sailboat that looked particularly familiar. The vessel’s name, Nereida, also sounded familiar. A gentleman near the boat noted Eulalie’s interest and explained the boat belonged to Jeanne Socrates. This Socrates recently entered the cruising record books in July 2013 by completing her unassisted single handed circumnavigation at age 70. Ms. Socrates later invited Eulalie to come aboard for a chat. For those interested in more information about this inspiring woman check out her blog, which you can access through this link:
Nereida caught Eulalie’s eye because of the hydrovane self steering on the stern. The more she looked at the boat, the more familiar it appeared.
Jeanne Socrates and Eulalie in Nereide‘s cockpit.
“Riding with Jesus?,” you ask. In Mexico, Jesus, pronounced “Hay-zeus” is a fairly common name. After arriving in Banderas Bay we were looking for a boat faster than ours to get us over to Yelapa for a visit. A young woman who works at the marina introduced us to her father, Jesus, who runs a panga for hire. Jesus made short work of the passage, which included several sea turtle and whale sightings.