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February 20, 2011-Santa Rosalia

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

A delicious Valentine’s Day lunch (tamales from the blue van near the fishing fleet and marshmallow hearts on a stick from the Tecate store). One last dash into the not-nearby town for groceries and bakery goodies, one last wash down of the boat, (lots less to stow this time around) and a quiet departure under a full moon.

Departed San Felipe 1800 hr (6 pm) February 14th. An uneventful passage–no wind–but many many dolphins surfing along with us day and night. 36 hours to Santa Rosalia, averaging about 7.1 knots. Pulled into the harbour on the dot of noon on the 16th, as planned. (Actually 1300 (1 pm), since the time is different here). Greeted on the dock by Ron of Schooner ‘Gold Eagle’ and by Brad of ‘Aldonza’. Ron’s our old buddy from Ensenada and we try to meet up with ‘Gold Eagle’ whenever we can. When we hitchiked by boat from Santa Rosalia  last year, it was Brad who picked us up here and dropped us off in Guaymas with all our solar panels and chain. It’s great to see old friends and to be here at the ‘Palapa of Wisdom’ (Santa Rosalia Marina). This is a lovely little town and the funky old marina provides a welcome hangout for sailors passing through and some who never left.

There are two projects to complete in Santa Rosalia. One is the connection of the refrigeration. The other is renewal of our visas. Both projects are well underway. The weather is warm and sunny. Yesterday we had 80F, but that temperature is not yet consistent. 70F (20C) is more common. We expect to complete projects within the next couple of weeks  and then take off for Guaymas.

January 31, 2011-San Felipe

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Believe it or not, still in San Felipe. A one month project has stretched out. Details later. The average temperature right now is 20C. It’s almost always sunny. The wind blows up every few days - up around 20-30 kt out of the north.

San Felipe is still a difficult place to live on a boat. But, as always, the Mexican people are wonderful. Every day they delight us with their kindness, smiles, patience, way of looking at the world. And their willingness to listen, teach, learn, laugh, touch, sing, eat, empathize, improvise, play, and make just about any gathering of 2 or more people a fiesta. Come to think of it, we have heard  a lone fisherman singing his heart out as he brings his panga into the harbour. It only takes one for a fiesta here!

This weekend we actually started to put furniture back on the boat, having taken it apart to trouble-shoot the electrical system. At this moment, the computer is running, and may soon be behaving itself and performing all its necessary functions.

We’d like to say we will be heading for Guaymas via Santa Rosalia in the next week, but we don’t dare. Big winds expected in the next few days.

To see the weather report we listen to every day on the HAM radio, Google: SONRISANET+HAM. This is a great web-site and we listen to this net every morning.  It covers the Sea of Cortez in detail and surrounding areas more generally.

Once we get out of this project and on to the next, we’ll try to find time to fill in a few more details of the last few passages and our stay in San Felipe.

And we’ll try to remember to post just before we leave here. Stay tuned and stay warm!

PS Feb 5: The predicted winds hit about 40 kts here (some harbours had 57) for about 2 days-a few lines popped, fenders departed, the navy boat next to us was full of water at 2 am-a freezing Canadian wind brought temperatures down as low as 4C-luckily, it’s back to Mexico weather now, sunny 17.7C and all is well.