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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Tsunami Evacuation
03/09/2011, Puerto Vallarta

After seeing all the destruction in the various ports in California we quickly decided to leave the marina and head for open water. We have just finished a delicious lunch and are a lot less worried now that we are in open water. For my full post see my blog at .

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Getting Ready for the Jump
02/16/2011, Nuevo Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

We've been so busy making preprations for the Pacific Puddle Jump (crossing the Pacific Ocean to the Marquesas and from there to Polynesia) that we haven't had much time to post to the blog. The last 2 weeks feel like the final weeks before our departure from San Francisco to Cabo San Lucas.

There are a ton of upgrades that we're doing to our boat to prepare it and us.

First on the list was obtaining a spinnaker for our trip. We'll be needing it a lot, since we'll be relying on the wind to get us there, and it's a reach or downwind all the way. We've got a rigger here in Puerto Vallarta (PV) working on that.

Second is replacing three of our 5 deep cycle house batteries, which were showing signs of age and not really holding a charge.

Third was getting our watermaker working after being mothballed the last year. It turns out watermakers don't like to be mothballed (pickled), so we had to change out some parts.

Fourth was getting a rigging inspection and following up on the rigger's recommendations. The gooseneck was showing some wear, so we're overhauling that critical part.

We're also having a new bimini made to replace the one that was falling apart at the seams.

We're carrying a complete, redundant autopilot. Ditto for a redundant, spare VHF radio and emergency antenna. Ditto for a spare chartplotter and spare navigation memory chip. And we already have two GPS systems on board. When our trip is over, we'll just sell whatever spares we didn't use on E-Bay.

Oh, and we got some toys too, including a very high quality hypalon inflatable kayak at a swap meet, which will be great when we get to the islands.

The list goes on and on.... it's a 24 hour/day job up until our planned departure point around the end of February, IF we're ready. We would reather postpone our departure than leave without being ready.

Psychologically, we're all psyched. Well, at least the adults are. Antoine is excited too. Francois would rather be skiing, but we thing he's looking forward to it as well. Both boys look forward to meeting up in the Marquesas with our buddy boat, Phambili.

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Sail to Chamela
02/05/2011, Chamela, Jalisco, Mexico

We left Tenacatita this morning about 10:30 and headed north about 50 miles up the coast (give or take) to the delightful anchorage of Chamela. Our trip was uneventful, except for the 6 foot waves and headwinds. We motorsailed most of the way, thus making more speed that would be possible with either sails or motor alone.

Tomorrow we'll head further north to either Ipala or La Cruz.

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Fun in Tenacatita
02/04/2011, Tenacatita Bay, Jalisco, Mexico

We've spent a few very relaxing days here in Tenacatita, or "Ten Bay" as it is sometimes called. The boys spend their days boogie boarding, or paddle boarding, or swimming in the warm waters. The grown ups tackle landing a dinghy through the surf on the beach without getting capsized, or even more difficult, launching the dinghy and getting offshore into deep water before the first big wave comes in to swamp the boat! It can be quite the test of nerves, but like a lot of things with the ocean, it mainly takes waiting for just the right moment.

The crew of catamaran "Phambili" is anchored close to us, so we enjoyed a dinner aboard their boat and also had their kids (three girls and a boy) aboard our boat for two evenings for rounds of Poker while Mom and Dad (that's us) watched movies in our cabin.

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Arrival at Tenacatita
02/01/2011, Tenacatita, Jalisco, Mexico

We arrived in Tenacatita this afternoon, setting anchor around 1530 hours.

When we went to inflate the dinghy, we discovered that there was a flap that was supposed to be glued to the rigid fiberglass bottom, that became unglued. I spend a few hours via email with our crew member John back in the US to research which glues, of the 3 we had available, would be the best to use. John came through for us in spades :)

This photo is taken from our stern, as the sun sets in this delightful anchorage.

Mexico Sailing Trip 2008-2011
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Moving on... to PV and beyond
02/01/2011, Barra de Navidad

We're leaving Barra de Navidad today, heading north to Tenecatita, and other ports along the way to Puerto Vallarta. We are considering doing the Puddle Jump from P.V. to the South Pacific... stay tuned!

If we are to do this, we have a fairly short time to get the boat ready by the March 1 departure, and a ton of projects to get done in the mean time.

Stay tuned, we'll keep you informed.

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Antoine catches his first Marlin (video)
12/21/2010, Barra de Navidad, Mexico

Antoine went fishing on his friend Churchill's boat, and caught and reeled in a huge 200+ lb (100 kg) blue marlin!

Mexico Sailing Trip 2008-2011
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12/28/2010 | Blair Hunt
Congratulations Antoine!!! That looked very exciting for you!
Rodeo grill
12/19/2010, Colimilla, Colima, Mexico

A vendor grills meat for delicious looking tacos at the rodeo in Colimilla.

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