Archive for April, 2010

April 12, 2010 Guyamas, Mexico

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Arrived in Guaymas a week ago. To see where we are, you can Google “Guaymas+church. See Iglesia San Fernando? The Marina is just a little south on the water with several boat slips on the left of the cluster of buildings (as you look from the ocean). In the Google Photo there are no boats in the slips or in the yard.

What a lovely town! Lots of hills around, and big, big cacti. The two spires of Iglesia San Fernando and the dome of the Municipal Hall are great landmarks. It’s very easy to get around here, with the entire town, including Mercado and  a big grocery store within easy walking distance. Many wonderful old buildings, some sadly in decay, some damaged by last years floods during the hurricane.

It’s warm here—83F inside and over 95F on deck. But it gets cool at night. We hear it will get hotter soon-up to 110F with 100% humidity. So we purchased a 2nd hand air conditioner from someone in the yard, and we are putting up all the deck canvas.

We are hauled out at the Guyamas, Singlar Boatyard. It was all booked up, but they let us in when we promised to stay for only 3 months. It is quite clean, with showers, a lap pool, laundry and a cement yard. The pool is outdoors and up high, looking out on the harbour. Next to the pool is a restaurant and a Club Nautico Bar.

The day after we arrived, a couple of the long time cruisers took us by car for a tour of the area. We went all over town and saw all the hardware stores, and marine stores, canvas shops, and grocery stores. Then we went to San Carlos and did the same there. San Carlos is really connected with Guaymas, but has a huge Gringo population. We heard San Carlos is 40% Canadian, 40% USA citizens, 20% Mexican. All the road signs are in English!

We are going to be working hard on the boat for the next few months, and then head north in the Sea of Cortez to get out of the Hurricane Zone. We will be taking a few days break at the end of April to head up to San Diego and pick up some equipment and materials.  By the time we leave here, we hope to have a new bowsprit, functioning solar panels, some added deck canvas, some routine maintenance on boat and dinghy, and a whole bunch more.

April 2, 2010 Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

One day there will be time to write details of the Ensenada-Mazatlan trip. And more details of the Mazatlan-Santa Rosalia. For now, here is the short version of the trip to Santa Rosalia:

Hi there,
Just arrived in Santa Rosalia  after an 8 day trip from Mazatlan - a few days from Mazatlan to Bahia Salina (Isla Carmen), then a few days in that lovely and isolated harbour while the North wind blew up as high as 40 knots. Then a quiet trip up to Caleta de Juanico. Delighted to fly our spinnaker on the main, and it flew beautifully to complement the balanced main and jib.   We took a few hours to sleep and then left at midnight under a stunning full moon. Finally saw whales on this trip - lots of them - greys, we think.
Santa Rosalia is a charming and picturesque town, with a tiny harbour and about 5 boats anchored. Two small Marinas and we pay the older one 25 pesos a day for dinghy dock, potable water, garbage drop-off, showers and a clubhouse with a book exchange and drinks and ice for sale.
We will leave here as soon as the predicted North winds pass through, maybe in a few days. We will then head out for the 75 mile crossing to Guaymas, and haul the boat for a few months to do some repairs. After that, the Sea of Cortez for the summer, until Hurricane season ends in November. Then slowly heading south, and who knows what next.
Wishing everyone a Happy Solstice and Happy Easter, Passover or whatever Spring celebrations you observe. Fair winds, Pat and Tony