Tag Archives : Sailing

Small weather window for a crossing to Mazatlan


There was a 36-48 hour window to sneak across the sea before the next blow. Seeing as the coming wind was forecast to last for nine days we needed this window to work. Originally the plan was to stay one night in Playa Bonanza and then scoot down to Bahia Muertos, but with the wind in the low twenties the…

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Dolphins galore in Isla Coronado!


Looking at the forecast, the day after Thanksgiving was the only possible day to sail south so off sailing we went. From the anchorage the sea looked calm, not the 13-15 knots forecast. But once out of the protection of the bay we found it truly was blowing. We had a sporty sail south to Isla Coronado moving along at…

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Goodbye Bahia Concepion


Sleeping off all the beer and margaritas from the night before we slowly puttered out of Santispac for Santo Domingo. The winds were light but forecast to increase in the afternoon so motoring it was for a couple hours before dropping the hook. Mike took the single kayak to hike over to the fishing camp while I waited a bit…

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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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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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