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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Flowers of Cabo
11/16/2006

Pascale and Ros

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11/16/2006 | Jeffdulac
Allez allez c'est fini la bronzette ! il faut reprendre la mer maintenant !
bisous à tous.
Jeff
CABO!
11/16/2006

Bruce, Pascale, John and Glenn in Cab

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Beachcombing at Los Frailes
Bruce
11/16/2006

We spent the day at the lovely anchorage of Bahia de los Frailes, swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear water. There are about 20 boats from the Baja Haha fleet here, and we all got together at sunset for a bonfire at the beach. Afterwards, we returned to our boat for a dinner of Osso Buco.

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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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