Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Posted by Sailing Sarita at 6:29 PM
Unfortunately our travel from La Paz to Mazatlan got in the way of our Halloween celebrations but Katya managed to scare us at least with her "Undead Unicorn" make up. This is her second attempt at special effects, the last one being in San Diego last year where she went as an old lady and one first prize. This years make up takes it to a whole new level.
Katya did all the make up herself and below are some of the steps she went through
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Posted by Sailing Sarita at 6:25 PM
Saturday, November 7, 2015
It is about 240 nautical miles from La Paz to Mazatlan where we had an appointment to do some work on the boat. The plan was to do the crossing in two stages, the first being the 60 miles from La Paz to the anchorage of Bahia Los Muertos and then leave early in the morning for an overnight crossing to Mazatlan but once we got going the winds were in a great direction and velocity that we decided to take what we had and continue the full distance in one go. We beat our way out of La Paz and then headed almost due east to Mazatlan with 15-20 knots on our port quarter. The seas were a bit confused going through the island channel but once we were in open water a steady rhythm of the swells developed and the winds lightened to 10-15kts and we were making a good speed. Darkness fell and the moon was not yet up so it was pretty dark and no other traffic about. The half moon came up at about 10pm and made for a lovely night crossing. The winds died for a few hours during the following morning and we motored before the winds came up again so that we could sail all the way to Mazatlan where we arrived at dawn, dropping the anchor off Isla Los Pajaros until the marina’s opened for business.
Posted by Sailing Sarita at 6:17 PM
Don’t get me wrong we love La Paz. It has a bit of a reputation for being a place where cruisers can get stuck and there is a slightly older contingent of cruisers there but we really like the place for a number of reasons. We like the fact that you have some great destinations to sail to within a day, the wonderful island of Espirito Sancto and Isla San Francisco. We also like the city itself as its large enough to have everything you need but small enough to get around easily and find things, we also believe that the weather is better, not being quite as humid as the mainland side with its jungle and mountains. The anchorage is also very good: great holding and plenty of space when we were there and easy to get to services.
Posted by Sailing Sarita at 6:01 PM
Thursday, November 5, 2015
We departed San Carlos around midday hoping for good winds to cross the 90 odd miles to San Juanico on the Baja peninsula. As we departed the harbor the winds were sufficient for us to raise the sails. We slipped through the water for a few of hours before the winds dropped so we were going less than 1 knot so we started the engine. An hour or so later the wind picked up in a southerly direction so we trimmed the sheets tight and headed to windward doing a very pleasant 7-8 knots in relatively calm seas. Our friend Rocky and Renaye left a little while after us and we could see them in the fading light behind us, persevering in the light winds (we later found out they were almost going backwards during the time we motored). Another sail boat sped past us using their engine and soon after raised their sails. We followed them through the night pretty much all the way to San Juanico, never more than a mile or so behind them. We had one squall hit us in the early morning and we quickly reefed the sails but not before doing a 360 turn as I was disorientated in the moonless night. (Note to self: trust your instruments not your senses)
Posted by Sailing Sarita at 8:29 PM