Calou's Blog

Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump

Settling Into Life at Sea (Day 2)

27 March 2011
John's Blog Updated. Original post with photos: Latitude: 19.31742 Longitude: -107.32718

We are well underway, currently about 140 nautical miles from La Cruz, after 23 hours of sailing. Our departure from Banderas Bay was smooth enough, and the winds started increasing to 10 to 15 knots on our beam during the evening and night. Our top speed last night was 8.5 knots, which is really good. Currently we are gliding along at 5.7 knots in fairly smooth seas.

Our first dinner underway started with a slice of frozen pizza as an appetizer which was followed up with chicken and couscous. All of us other than Bruce have been taking Sturgeon to combat sea-sickness and it actually seems to be working. This is the first time I have tried Sturgeon, and it is really nice to not feel terribly seasick.

We actually made a first attempt at leaving Puerto Vallarta on Friday, March 25, 2011, but after getting about three hours out into the bay, we had to turn back when we were unable to unroll our main sail from the mast. The sail roll inside the mast had become loose and the sail was bunching up when we tried to pull it out. Mike, the rigger, met us at the dock that evening and was able to get everything fixed for us. I had worried it was going to be another few days delay, but luckily the fix was pretty easy and we got underway on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at about 1pm.

It looks like we hit the weather window as we are having perfect wind speeds which are quickly pushing us into the trade winds. For now we are just taking it easy and getting used to life at sea.
Vessel Name: Calou
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 47
Hailing Port: The Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, CA
Crew: Bruce, Pascale, Antoine
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.
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