There are all kinds of harbormasters in the world, but not many of them are as accommodating as Dick Markie of Paradise Marina in Nuevo Vallarta. As you can see from the photo, Markie once allowed an aquatic mammal to come into the harbor office to discuss possible accommodations with Manuel, Markie’s office manager. Despite the language barrier, they found the mammal a place to stay! Markie didn’t see the situation as a monkey on his back because he’s used to things like that.
Markie, who is from Northern California, but who has been a harbormaster in Mexico since sailing south shortly after the Mexican Revolution, will be at Latitude 38‘s Fall Crew List Party at Spaulding Boat Works in Sausalito on Wednesday, September 6. The party starts at 6:15 p.m. and will run until 9 p.m.
The Crew Party is a great place to meet other folks headed to Mexico, mostly on the Baja Ha-Ha, and perhaps find a berth or fill a berth. Make sure you’re there for the opening of the liferaft at about 8 p.m. But be careful, as some people who have met at the Crew List Party have ended up getting married.
Before the party, from 4 to 6 p.m., Markie will give a presentation about all things cruisers might want to know about Mexico. Don’t miss it.