A Taste of Cruising Mexico

Vessel Name: Journey
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 40
Hailing Port: Ventura, Ca
Crew: Jeff and Dori Beller
About: We're home ported out of Ventura, California. Jeff is a software engineer and Dori is a special ed teacher. We're both on sabbatical from our carreers or early retirement. We're not too sure which and don't really care. Cruising fits us real well right now.
Extra: This is our third extended cruise to Mexico. I guess we like it there! We hope you enjoy reading this journal of our cruise.
12 July 2012 | Ventura, CA
20 June 2012 | San Diego, CA
12 June 2012 | Turtle Bay
11 June 2012 | Turtle Bay
04 June 2012 | Bahia San Juanico
02 June 2012 | Outside of the Baja
31 May 2012 | Cabo San Lucas
27 May 2012 | La Paz
22 May 2012 | La Paz
22 May 2012 | Southern Sea of Cortez
15 May 2012 | Bahia Candeleros
15 May 2012 | Bahia Salinas
15 May 2012 | Isla Carmen
15 May 2012 | Isla Carmen
15 May 2012 | Isla Danzante
02 May 2012 | Sea of Cortez
02 May 2012 | Punta Colorada (Isla San Jose)
02 May 2012 | Sea of Cortez
02 May 2012 | Sea of Cortez
14 April 2012 | Mazatlan to La Paz
Recent Blog Posts
12 July 2012 | Ventura, CA

Home Sweet Home

Journey has been home for just over a week, after sailing into Ventura harbor on the Fourth of July.

20 June 2012 | San Diego, CA

Survivors of the Un-Bash

It seems there is no rest for the weary. (OK, after resting four days, I guess being weary isn't an excuse anymore.) Anyway, we've received a few 'gentle' hints from some impatient readers. They've noticed that our position reports show we've reached San Diego, but our blog hasn't been updated to reflect [...]

12 June 2012 | Turtle Bay

A Night at Anabel's

Last night we debated whether or not to leave Turtle Bay early this morning, but one day's rest just didn't put a dent in the sense of exhaustion we were feeling after this last week. So we put off our departure until tomorrow. Our reward for making that decision was spending this evening at Anabel's. There [...]

11 June 2012 | Turtle Bay

The Half Way Point

Arriving at Turtle Bay is a milestone because it means you've reached the half-way point in your trip up or down the Baja. Several of the boats who left Cabo with us had a little celebration by having a scrumptious potluck lunch hosted by Mary and Jack on S.V. Oriana. We also attended to mundane details [...]

04 June 2012 | Bahia San Juanico

The 'Un-bash'

With one-third of the trip north completed, the good news is that we haven't really been 'bashed' much at all. The closest we've came was the passage around Cabo Falso early Saturday AM which Jeff described in his last post. As he mentioned, once that was behind us, it was all motoring in calm seas [...]

02 June 2012 | Outside of the Baja

Let the Bash Begin!

We left Cabo San Lucas anchorage just before 6am this morning in calm winds and seas. By the time we rounded Cabo Falso an hour later the winds were 18-22 knots and seas were 3-5 feet. That's more than we expected but pretty typical for the Cape. We had lots of spray on deck, but managed to stay dry in the cockpit. We did find our main hatch over the dinette leaks badly. Everything else on the boat is tight and dry. Twenty miles out we got out of the venturi affect of the Cape: Both seas and winds have now dropped down and we are making a very nice going making 6.5 knots directly for Magdalena Bay. There is a low marine layer of clouds and the temperature has dropped twenty degrees. Feels like we're back in the June gloom of southern California. We have roughly another 95 miles to Punta Tosco, which is the next real windy spot we have to traverse. We are traveling in the company of three other vessels. All is well on board.

Home Sweet Home

12 July 2012 | Ventura, CA
Dori
Journey has been home for just over a week, after sailing into Ventura harbor on the Fourth of July.

There were a few special highlights from this last segment of the trip. While I stayed with the boat in San Diego, Jeff rented a car and drove to Long Beach to sail with his long-time friends on SV Rival. They won a closely contested 2nd place in the Long Beach Race Week event. After stopping at Oceanside and Dana Point harbors, we moved on to Catalina Island. The weather had turned cold and foggy, but we were able to spend time with our good friends Paul and Debbie. Enjoying their company helped to make up for the gloomy days.

Right now we are settling back into life on dry land. Jeff managed to squeeze in a short trip to Mammoth for some fishing, biking and hiking before starting on our first condo repair--replacing a leaking hot water heater and repairing the sodden dry-wall it caused.

He also took time to post an additional photo album with some of our favorite photos of the Sea of Cortez from this season. You can find it by clicking on "more photos" and choosing "Sea of Cortez - Revisited". Hope you enjoy them.

We truly appreciate those of you who took the time to follow our adventures and comment on these entries.

Dori



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Journey's Photos - Main
We've posted our favorite photos from this year's cruising in the Sea of Cortez
46 Photos
Created 8 July 2012
Four glorious days of surfing "the longest wave" at Matanchen Bay in warm water, tropical surroundings, and no crowds.
11 Photos
Created 13 April 2012
Dori shot these photos of a morning surf session at Barra de Navidad. She was standing on the breakwater which adjacent to the surf break, giving great access for pictures.
15 Photos
Created 22 February 2012
This is a morning spent touring the estuary and river above Matanchen up to Tovara springs.
28 Photos
Created 27 January 2012
Yelapa is a unique little hidden away village on the south side of Banderas Bay. No roads reach it and the only way to get there is by water.
14 Photos
Created 15 March 2011
14 Photos
Created 20 December 2010
40 Photos
Created 15 November 2010