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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
kids on board
Bruce
11/14/2006

A blog reader sent me an email asking how our two boys are doing. Here are the questions and answers:

What was the boy's prior sailing backround? They've both been sailing with us since they were born, mainly day sails around the SF bay, some races, and the occasional overnight cruise up the Delta. Our older son, Francois, is enrolled in the junior sailing program at SFYC and sails Optis and FJs. Where they excited from the get go, or? Yes, they were and remain very excited. Our older son is prone to mild seasickness (queasiness) though which sometimes bothers him, but he is coping and usually in good spirits. What activities do have for them to do while underway and on the hook? They both love to read and to draw pictures. We have a DVD player with about 50 kids' and classic movies they like to watch. Francois is a nature lover and loves snorkeling, observing and sometimes catching wildlife of various sorts. They like to fish. They love to play on the beach and swim. And they have their math and English lessons. Do they trim or reef sails? Our older son Francois helps to trim sails on occasion. What do they think of the cruise so far? Highlights, lowlights? They have told us they're having a great time. They love traveling and seeing new places, and having new experiences. Of course there are moments when they'd rather be on land. But they are learning to cope with the occasional rough seas. I'm quite proud of them for being such good sports.

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Sailing to Bahia Frailes
Bruce
11/14/2006

We left Cabo San Lucas this morning, and are sailing around the southern tip of the Baja peninsula and up into the Sea of Cortez, to an anchorage called Bahia Frailes (Monks' Bay). This bay is the home of the only living hard coral reef in the West Coast. The snorkeling should be excellent!

The day's sailing started out beautiful, with about 12 knots of breeze on the starboard beam (from the south). The last few hours we've been cloase hauled and motor sailing to get more speed. We have the mainsail and jib reefed and are sailing upwind into about 20 knots. The wind waves are about 5 feet. It's dark now and the moon doesn't rise till 1 a.m., so we'll be arriving at our anchorage in the dark. We'll have to be very careful. Our ETA is about 8:15 PM right now.

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Calou from the top
John
11/13/2006

I took this photo from 52 feet up the mast while changing our anchor light.

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11/14/2006 | Jeffdulac
Eh beh Bruce, j'éspère que tu as une bonne chaise de calfat !
Jeff
11/15/2006 | Kate
Glad to find your site bc we are thinking of sailing in the Baja haha next year with 2 kids.

Did you have your dinghy on your davits the whole time?

Enjoy!
Snorkeler's Paradise
John
11/13/2006

Snorkeler's paradise

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11/13/2006 | Doug Boudinot
I am drooling over your photos and weather report. Stop it! I will need some serious therapy soon if this keeps up. No really, keep it coming. We are doing it next year. Take good care.....

Doug
11/14/2006 | Jeffdulac
Hello les méxicains !
Ah c'est là qu'il aurait fallu avoir un niveau de plongée !
j'éspère que vous vous régaler dans ces eaux magnifiques !
Bises à tous.
Jeff
Photos from Cabo
John
11/13/2006

more photos

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Photos from Cabo
John
11/13/2006, Cabo San Lucas

This time around attached are some fantastic photos from Cabo San Lucas. We arrived here 3 nights ago and are finally slowing down since we have completed the Baja Ha-Ha. The parties are over and we are now on our own (although about half the fleet is heading to La Paz too).

CSL is quite a scene compared to the remote anchorages we have been used to. The real estate market is crazy here and in full expansion mode. This is a full on made for tourists place. The nice thing about it though is that it is really easy to find natural beauty close to the city.

The weather is perfect - about 90F high and 70F low, water temperature of 88F.

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4 Days in Cabo San Lucas
11/13/2006

We've had a combination of fun an work during our 4 day stay in Cabo San Lucas. The town is very Americanized and expensive. There's a wide variety of shops and restaurants lining the waterfront around the marina. But we found a great little restaurant off the beaten path, with low prices and good food. The place is called Paty's. We had barbequed ribs and half a lobster for $14 American. You can get a dinner of just the ribs for $3.50. such a deal!

Pascale came down with a mild case of Montezuma's Revenge. She spent the day lying in the boat. We went out for dinner last night when she was feeling better.

I spent the entire day working on the boat. The red/green navigation light on the bow had gone out. I found that there was no 12v power getting to the bulb. I had to run a new cable from the power panel to the bow. In the process I dropped a part of the lamp fixture in the water. I tried to find the part by free diving but the water was too murky. I managed to improvise something so we have a working bow light.

Johna and the two boys went with the dinghy to a beach for some snorkeling. Francois saw many species of tropical fish.

Right now I'm sitting at Senor Sweets, a cafe with free wifi access, it's early morning.

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Passing the Cape of Cabo San Lucas
11/11/2006

Passing the cape

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