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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Old Town Square, Mazatlan

Here's a view of one section of the old town of Mazatlan, a town square lined by chic restaurants.

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3 CYC girls dance it up

Corinthian YC members Sharon Warren, Sharon Barr, and Pascale dance it up at the Christmas Posada party

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John, roughing it in Mazatlan

John is obviously roughing it by the pool at El Cid Marina, Mazatlan.

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getting in the Holiday spirit
12/14/2006, Mazatlan

Bruce and Francois decorate the small Christmas tree that will be set up inside the salon of CALOU.

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There are huge iguanas all over the place here in Mazatlan. The swim and even climb the palm trees. Francois caught one. When captured they play dead until released.

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Arrival in Mazatlan

We arrived at Mazatlan finally about 11:00 a.m. this morning. Our arrival was delayed because the winds died in the later part of the morning so we had to motor. But most of the night we had 20+ knot winds and were sailing at 7 to 8 knots. The Maximum knot speed logged on our knot meter was 13 knots. That would have been while we were surfing down one of the innumerable waves.

Pascale got up around 6:30 this morning and relieved me from my 1 a.m. watch.

The El Cid marina is nice, but rather small and nowhere near as luxurious as the marina at Costa Baja, La Paz. One nice thing is that the pool here is very warm and swimmable. Sea temperature here is 85 degrees and so probably is the pool. The pool at La Paz was starting to get relatively chilly (75 degrees perhaps).

The first thing we saw as we arrived was the boat WARREN PEACE and skipper John Warren waving to us. His wife Sharon greeted us in the harbor. John was the commodore right after me at the Corinthian Yacht Club so we have a lot of common experiences. We look forward to seeing John and Sharon here in Mazatlan.

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12/12/2006 | Jeffdulac
Alors bravo à tous pour ce bel atterrissage final !
Belle équipe de bons navigateurs !
Félicitations au skipper !
Jeff et Renée
Night Crossing of Sea of Cortez

the winds gradually increased as we cross the Sea of Cortez, it's midnight now and we have 20 knots gusting to 25. Wave height is 6 to 8 feet. We are sailing at 7.5 knots with a reefed main and jib. John is doing the evening watch til 1 a.m. when I'll take over to do the graveyard shift. Our ETA at Mazatlan is still around 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

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12/11/2006 | Doug Boudinot
Hope your trip to Mazatlan was a successful one though you had some fairly strong breezes in the middle of the night. Mazatlan is a wonderful place to rest up and get Calou ready to come home. You could be here where it is snowing right now. I would take 20kt winds to snow anyday!
Crossing the Sea of Cortez on the way to Mazatlan

We left Los Muertos this morning at 5:15 a.m. and set our course eastward for Mazatlan. After the sun came up we had enough wind to raise the sails and shut off the engine. The conditions have been excellent, we are making 7 knots boat speed with 12 to 16 knots of wind on a beam reach. The wind waves are a manageable 3 to 4 feet. At this 7 knot speed our ETA for Mazatlan is about 9:30 tomorrow morning.

We have lost sight of all land; Baja is about 70 miles behind us and Mazatlan is about 120 miles ahead of us. Pascale is doing the afternoon watch so that I can get some rest for the night watch coming up.

We ate huge "Dagwood" style sandwiches for lunch and have a pressure cooker full of chili ready to go for dinner.

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