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Things Getting Back To Normal

12 March 2011
John's Blog Updated. Originally posted here:

We are settled back in our slip at Paradise Village. Although we were only gone a little more than 24 hours, for some reason it seems like we were out much longer. Maybe it is because of all the stress and uncertainty of what we were dealing with yesterday. About two hours before sunset we were just off old town PV when we decided we needed to be in La Cruz anchorage for the night, which is about 11 miles all the way across the bay.

We cranked up the motor and got the anchor down just as the sun was setting. In our rush to put out as much anchor chain as possible we accidentally put out all of our chain so that only the rope was left on the windlass. Luckily, in our haste to get out of the marina earlier, I had thrown the kayak up on the bow of the boat instead of leaving it on the dock. So we launched the kayak and I was able to reach down and attach a carabiner and rope to the end of the chain which was just under the surface of the water. We then used a winch to get some of the chain back up to the windlass. Finally we were able to relax and have some dinner and get to bed.

This morning the surge had calmed down enough that we were able to enter the La Cruz marina where we docked for just enough time so that Peter of Seatek Rigging could inspect our boat. The only damage to the marina was a few slips near the harbor were destroyed by the surge. The rig inspection showed that everything on Calou is in great shape. The only piece Peter highly recommends replacing is the bronze fixture at the bow of the boat to which the forestay is attached. So we will replace that with a stainless steel piece next week. Peter promises to being work on that and our other projects by mid week. We are hoping.

We left the La Cruz marina around 2pm and motored back to Paradise Village. On our way back we were able to get some nice photos of the boats racing in the Banderas Bay Regatta. The race resumed today, after cancelling racing yesterday due to the tsunami.

Tomorrow we hope to install the new mast camera (which Bruce got working yesterday while we were motoring around the bay), and finish unpacking the car, which is still full of our provisions from our Costco run of two days ago.
Vessel Name: Calou
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 47
Hailing Port: The Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, CA
Crew: Bruce, Pascale, Antoine (15)
Extra: Sailing on the 20th Annual Baja Ha-ha, departing mid October 2013 from Tiburon, and continuing to cruise Mexico. This will be our 3rd Haha. In 2011 we sailed the Puddle Jump from Mexico to French Polynesia, then up to Hawaii and back to San Francisco.
Calou's Photos - Calou's Baja Haha (Main)
30 Photos
Created 20 December 2013
Photos from our month long stay in Mazatlán in board CALOU.
30 Photos
Created 17 November 2013
photos from our crossing from Cabo San Lucas to Mazatlan with crew members Steve and Lisa.
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Created 13 November 2013
Photos from our sailing trip from San Francisco to Monterey, Santa Barbara, Channel Islands, Catalina Island, and San Diego
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Created 10 November 2013
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Created 11 March 2010
Photos of Isla Isabela, San Blas, Chacala and PV
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Created 11 March 2010
We rented a car and took a land trip to visit Colima, the capital city of Colima State
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Created 23 June 2009
photos between Puerto Vallarta and Barra de Navidad
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Created 13 May 2009
We rented a car and drove 6 days to see Guadalajara, visiting many small mountain villages along the way. The rugged mountain scenery was delightful.
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Created 14 January 2009
Here is the sketchbook of Antoine, age 10
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Created 30 November 2008
Includes photos from our tour of a tequila factory, and more stoff to be added later.
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Created 29 November 2008
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Created 25 November 2008
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Created 25 November 2008
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Created 25 November 2008
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Created 25 November 2008
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Created 25 November 2008
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Created 25 November 2008
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Created 25 November 2008
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Created 26 October 2008
We took a side trip by bus and train to the spectacular Canyon de Cobre (Copper Canyon) in the state of Chihahua
32 Photos
Created 10 February 2007
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Created 9 February 2007
Photos from our trip starting after Novemebr 18, 2006. Photos prior to this date are contained in ALBUM PART 1.
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Created 1 January 2007
Photos of the FIRST part of our trip, from our departure from Tiburon to our arrival in Cabo San Lucas.
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Created 6 December 2006