Bottoms Up in Napa Valley When your boat is 26 feet wide (46 feet long) there are very few places along the Pacific Coast that can haul it out for repairs like the semi-annual renewal of its bottom paint. Ventura Boat Yard is one and I was headed there until the call came to
Leaving Marina Del Rey at 0700 in the fog, after a hectic day of preparation was a relief from some minor disappointments like no radar, toilet troubles and soon to be discovered – my reef lines had been dismantled to name the worst. My frustration grew with the fact that these items were on my
As we neared the border of the United States (San Diego), with Navy helicopters buzzing back and forth plus three or more Navy warships in constant maneuvers, the first signs of re-entry onto a life on land began and both Andrew and I had a lot to anticipate after a year on the high seas.
Left Bahia Santa Maria for a 48 hour run to Bahia Tortuga (Turtle bay) and after a rough start got the window we were waiting for (I know correct English is ‘for which we were waiting’ but that sounds so stuck up and British). Not a soul in sight the whole way but a voice
Left Cabo behind one morning and turned northwest to start the last 1000 miles up the Baja California coast, first stop Magdalena Bay. 145 miles away, Mag Bay would be a 29 hour sail/motor so leaving at 0800 would put us in after noon the following day. Fishing poles out trolling for hours, then ZZzzzinnng
Leaving Los Muertos the next morning we were sure to enjoy some northerly winds to push us all the way to Cabo San Lucas, but, the wind has a way of finding us and blowing head on no matter which way were going sometimes. So motor we did all day and all night and the
From the City of Peace to Ensenada de Los Muertos there’s treasure in between. La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, is tucked back in the shallow waters of a very large bay. We know how large this bay is because after leaving the Bahia Caldera we sailed up to the very top where
We made it. Crossing the Sea of Cortez in relative calm we motor/sailed over 300 nautical miles in 46 hours with the last 16 pounding straight into building swells developing from 20+ knot winds. But when we approached our destination, Ensenada de Los Muertos, the conditions did not look good. There will be no protection
Bahia Banderas The Bay of Banners, home to famous Puerto Vallarta, is a playground for the rich, the famous and the rest of us too. As we sailed up the coast from Barre Navidad on an overnight sail, I timed our rounding of Cabo Corrientes for 4-6 am so we would experience the least amount
The night is dark, so dark. The sea has laid down and the surface is smooth and soft but the water is thick and rich. Each bob of the bow sends off a wake of light, the phosphoressence of nightlife. The passing jellyfish float by like a lantern without a plug free to roam about.