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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Mother's Day in Ixtapa
05/09/2010

While Pascale was asleep, Antoine stayed up late decorating the salon in our boat with a "Happy Mother's Day" banner, and dozens of red paper hearts. Pascale had a nice surprise when she got up this morning!

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05/13/2010 | Jonathan
Hello! A friend suggested I troll sailing blogs and forums to find a summer adventure/possible job. I apologize for the unexpected message, but, well, here goes: I'm a 4th year jr. high teacher/tutor living in Walnut Creek, CA (all core subjects, esp. English, and also Bible, photography, volleyball), 29 years old, very fit, with sailing experience (including some racing in Marina Del Rey) and EMT trained. Jack of several trades (including cooking, guitar, etc). Are you willing/able to point me towards any wholesome people needing crew for a voyage this summer? Priority would go to a boat where I could earn some supplemental income or at least have expenses paid (especially a family with kids that I can tutor/teach onboard while also crewing). Crewfile and other sites haven't really turned up anything like this, so I hope word of mouth might! Again, sorry for any inconvenience, but I do hope to hear from you. Thank you!

-Jonathan Vince
05/19/2010 | deb and ian
you may have seen or heard about our grounding in zihua bay on may 5. there is alot of damage and we're still looking for advice on where to do some of it. it's too expensive to haul out in ixtapa, but we can get to manzanillo. any experience with repair there? all advice gratefully accepted.thanks, deb and ian
05/30/2010 | Bruce Powell
hi Jonathan,

My first answer is, I don't know anyone who is sailing in Mexico in the summer, because that is the hurricane season down here. Anyone with any sense parks their boat in a safe "hurricane hole" for the duration of the season, which is roughly July 1 to November 1. We ourselves have just sailed our boat to Barra de Navidad, where we plan to leave it until November.

Second, the opportunity to earn income is very rare unless you find some very wealthy captain. Most cruisers are of modest means.

That being said, we might like to have a crew member with us for our planned sail next November, south to Panama.

The caveats are, that all sailing plans are drawn in the sand at low tide. Everything is subject to change, at the whims of luck, nature, mechanical breakdowns, or the whims of the crew. It is impossible to stick to any kind of time table.

If you are still interested I would suggest we stay in touch between now and November.

Thanks for commenting on our b
Gearbox Update
05/06/2010, Ixtapa, Guerrero, Mexico

News update. We're still in Ixtapa. We have a newly overhauled engine, but the gearbox is toast. We've ordered a new gearbox from the U.S. The ETA is in a week. When we get that back in, we could head south, theoretically. However we are on the threshold of the summer hurricane season. When we get the new transmission installed, we must decide: south? stay put? or north?

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Birthday Pic
05/02/2010, Ixtapa, Guerrero, Mexico

We're at Bogart's restaurant, a fancy place in Ixtapa. Pascale is the queen for the night.

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Water Park at Ixtapa
04/29/2010, Ixtapa

There's a water park at Ixtapa, which has fantastic water slides. The fully enclosed one is pretty fast and kinda scary.

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Antonio, exalted Sheik of Under Where
04/28/2010

Antonio, Sheik of Under Where.... Antoine, master of disguises, wears about 20 pairs of underpants on his head, to strike this pose.

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Getting Ready
04/22/2010, Ixtapa

Wow, it has been 5 months that we have been in Ixtapa. We thought we would be in Ixtapa just a few days. But troubling engine oil consumption led us to examine the engine, and do a complete overhaul. We have also replaced all the bearings in the transmission. Along the way, we lost a tiny part, a metal screen that filters the oil in the gearbox. I can't believe we lost the thing!! So we had to order a new one from the factory in Japan. It arrived in San Diego yesterday, and we should see it in Ixtapa tomorrow. Once we get that part, we'll be able to reassemble the gearbox, attach it to the engine, and do a sea trial. I can't wait!!!

We have been here so long, we know many of the restaurant waiters and taxi drivers by name, and vice versa. When you get to that point, you know it's time to move along.

Finally, we are nearly ready to depart. I think (pray) we'll be able to set sail within a week!

Next port of call will be Acapulco. After that, Huatulco.

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Dorado Pacifico
04/08/2010

We found another hotel in Ixtapa that lets cruisers use their swimming pool facilities (as long as you patronize the restaurant/bar)... the Hotel Dorado Pacifico. The boys (that includes Bruce) love the two huge water slides.

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Easter in Zihuatanejo
04/04/2010

We had a nice lunch in Zihuatanejo on Easter Sunday. The holiday is a big deal in Mexico, with lots of decorations and festivals.

Here Antoine rides his scooter along the waterfront.

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