Monday, May 30, 2016

Sailing with the Shamaness

 So now you know. We did not sail to the South Pacific. Too many issues with boat and the marina in La Cruz wanted 750 US$ to hold Le Chat Beaute in the slings for an hour while I changed the shaft seals. Felt like I was being held up so I said Fu...k it. We stayed in Mexico and went North to the Sea. I encourage all yachts to avoid the shipyard at La Cruz as they are ladrones. Enough said. June and Dennis invited out on the Shamaness to look for the humpback whales that call Banderas Bay home for the winter.
 While sailing around in very light winds , Altair with Christian aboard sailed up and anytime two boats on water there is a race.
Captain Dennis has to hold main as wind is so light boom wants to slat.

June and Dennis of the Shamaness.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Sunsets in La Cruz, Mexico

 While staying in La Cruz to prepare the boat for the Pacific Crossing , sunsets each night are usually quite breath taking. Definite eye candy here most nights.

 Even cloudy days, present a grand view.

Oh, sunrise is not to bad in Banderas Bay either.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

September 15th

 Septembre 15 is actually the Mexican Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo is actually just a celebration of the battle of Veracruz. It appeared for the parade everyone in town was in the parade. Citizens of all ages participated.

 This group of young men from a local athletic club built human pyramids when ever the parade slowed.

 The military had the K9 Corps out in force.
Interesting parade float. The Army suspended a line between two trucks. As the truck moved down the parade route a soldier would climb between the trucks. They had a safety harness but none was needed.

Sea of Cortez

 I have been errant in keeping up with the blog. We plan to head for the South Pacific this Spring so a lot of STUFF has been pushed to the back burner. We came down from San Diego with the 2015 Baja Ha Ha, a cruisers rally. The stops at Bahia de Tortugas, Bahia Santa Maria were great get togethers. That being said....Being at sea with 100 other boats at night in close proximity was not a high point. For many it was the first extended passage so a lot of newbies. Enough said.

The Sea never disappoints. Very few others and the scenery is awe inspiring.
 Moon rise over a tourist camp on Espiritu Santo. The only way to this spot is by boat from La Paz. Not sure about cost but was told it was up market for tent living.
Another vista in the sea.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Imperial Beach Day

 Imperial Beach. We got together with John and Marlene , who were staying in their land yacht at Imperial. Beach Day! The beach stretches all the way from Coronado to Mexico.

 YMCA has a portion of the beach for family activities.
 To get back to the mooring I need to pass by the USS Midway. It is now a museum. Hope to visit before we leave for Mexico.

Life on a Mooring

 We are still in San Diego and hanging on the Laurel Street mooring. We plan to join the HA HA in late October. It is very noisy during the day due to CG and the airport . We try to visit other anchorages when we can. The A1 and A5 are both good to get some quiet.
 Nice display of local craft on the mooring despite the noise.

By sunset most nights the noise abates and all is well.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

San Diego and on the Boat!

The pride of The San Diego Maritime Museum
The Star of India

 One of the visiting tall ships.
 HMS Surprise. This vessel was featured in the movie Master and Commander.Very authentic except on gun deck the walkway around the twelve pounders did not exist.
 Surprise at the gun deck.
 A Russian submarine that was built in 1972. One of the last non nuclear subs built by the major powers.
 Inside the sub. While in New London I toured an old diesel boat and was amazed at how cramped the quarters were.This submarine was spacious by comparison. The Ohio Class of todays fleet are huge by comparison.
 On board the replica of America, built in 1965 was a copy of the schooner that one the Auld Mug for the first several times and became the Americas Cup.
 In the main salon were the half models of past Americas Cup winners.

 Another view of the Russian attack sub. Built in 1972.

 Skyward on the Star.