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Sporty sailing to Isla San Francisco


Making the break from Bonanza we were able to quickly get our sails up and make some good speed (8.5 knots). Not unexpected, the valleys on Isla Espirtu and Isla Partida acted as funnels channeling and increasing the wind speed. Moving up the islands was a pattern of reefing the sails followed by shaking out the reefs as we moved…

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Crossing back to the Baja


The planned Sunday departure from Mazatlan was lining up for a nice passage with 10-15 knots of wind filling in by the afternoon. Up with the sunrise, we threw off the dock lines and made our way out of the Mazatlan marina channel for the open ocean. I took the first shift and it wasn’t long before I was hustling…

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Mazatlan Stopover


Leaving Mantachen in the early morning meant we had time for a day stop in Isla Isabel (the Galapagos of Mexico). A whole fleet of shrimp boats were taking up the eastern anchorage so we ducked in to the south anchorage. Four attempts to set the hook (anchor) and three jumps in the water (into look at the anchor placement)…

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Spring push north


The Seawind err, Multihull rally in Puerto Escondido was calling, making the push north necessary. Two new crew members would be joined me for the trip, Sabrina and Jess. Both had been traveling for the past nine months, in separate but with shockingly similar itineraries, visiting South-East Asia, Central America, and now Mexico. And both women were ending their long…

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Special 60th birthday visit for Cindy


My sister-in-law Cindy has wanted to visit Strikhedonia for a few years and her 60th birthday seemed like the perfect reason. I mean really, who doesn’t want to spend their birthday on the beach, sipping margaritas, and eating lobster? No one. We worked our way into the trip with an afternoon by the pool at Paradise Village. I’m still trying…

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Final run of 2017 with Anna and Ande


Something I had been looking forward to all season was my daughter Anna and her friend coming to visit. Anna spent two years in West Virginia and became good friends with Ande before moving to Montana. A trip to Mexico was a perfect way for them to reconnect and enjoy the warm sun/ocean, in addition to blowing off some steam…

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A shorter than expected visit to Punta de Mita


This adventure is supposed to be about sailing, right? So when the winds picked up after motoring out of Chacala out came the screecher. Motorsailing along we decided to put out the fishing lines even though the freezer was looking good in the pescado department. Fish on! The wind was from a good angle so up came the main sail…

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