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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Night Crossing of Sea of Cortez

We left Mazatlan at 7:00 a.m. May 19 and sailed in light winds coming out of the South. In the morning the winds were very light so we motorsailed, but the winds increased to 12 to 14 knots in the afternoon so we were able to shut off the engine and sail under canvas alone for awhile.

Around 6 PM the winds lightened again to about 8 knots so we started motorsailing again.

It's now 4:30 in the morning and I'm doing the 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. watch. The winds are only about 7 to 8 knots so we have to motorsail in order to maintain reasonable speed.

At the current 6 knot rate our ETA in Bahia De Los Muertos (70 nautical miles away) is about 12 hours which would have us arriving about 4:30 PM. Of course the winds could change, hopefully a bit more wind so we can make better time.

During the night watch I edited some video we took today, then watched a movie on the laptop (16 Blocks with Bruce Willis, it was pretty good). I've only seen one other boat or ship during the night, it was doing about 12 knots and going the opposite direction. It's a moonless night so radar is the main navigation tool. The stars and the milky way are SO bright it's quite astounding. We're about 100 miles from nearest city so the view of the sky is very clear.

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Our last night in Mazatlan

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner of "la choucroute", a dish consisting of sauerkraut and roasted meats, a specialty of Pascale's region of France, Alsace/Lorraine.

Joining us were the delightful French couple Michel and Viviennne, who now live near Guadalahara.

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05/19/2007 | jeff
Bonjour fiers navigateurs !
Bon vent bonne mer pour ce retour vers la Californie !
Les premières photos sont déjà dans le dossier ;)
Bises à tous.
Jeff et Renée qui partent pour une semaine de vacances vers Rome, Naples, Capri, Amalfi et tuti quanti !
Playa Bruja
05/14/2007, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico

Playa Bruja is a beach north of Mazatlan, with good surf, and a nice palapa restaurant with a good deal on lobster dinners.

In the photo with us are David and Carolyn of the boat AZTEC and Steve and Blanca from ALOHA.

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05/17/2007 | jeff
Bon anniversaire Calou et en même temps bonne fête le 17 mai !
Grosses bises de Jeff et Renée
Antoine does History

A vignette of what it's like homeschooling our boys aboard CALOU while we're in Mexico. Antoine is learning about the Middle Ages right now.

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dinner at casa Silverio
05/06/2007, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at our friend Silverio's house in Mazatlan, prepared by Silverio and his wife Estella. We were pleased to meet his sons daughters-in-law, and little granddaughter Camilla (2). She was so cute!

Silverio runs a jewelry stand by the pool at the Marina El Cid, and Francois has spent many afternoons there helping Silverio out and learning jewelry making.

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Things are Getting Better

Today, we got the problem with the head fixed. I snaked out the drain and filled the holding tank with water. One or both of these strategies managed to get the macerator pump going again.

And the injuries to my leg and foot are getting better. The bandages came off today. I am lucky, that I am currently taking antibiotics the last few days to treat an ear infection. Those antibiotics are serving a dual purpose for preventing infection of my injuries as well.

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05/08/2007 | Michael
EEEW to this one and OWWWW to the previous. Oh the glamma of Yachting!
More trouble
05/05/2007, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico

Two bad things happened today. One, I was climbing on the breakwater to watch a boat enter the channel and slipped, falling with all my weight onto jagged rock, putting deep abrasions in my shin, sole of the foot, and wrist. The wounds on the shin are spread out so I have to wear this big Ace bandage until it heals, which means I can't swim for a while.

Two, we found that the macerator on the holding tank doesn't work. Either there's a clog somewhere or we have to replace the pump (fortunately I carry a spare). So we have to work on the "head" system yet again. This falls into the category of yacht repair I would characterize as "unpleasant". arrrrgh!!!!

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05/06/2007 | Doug
Bruce and crew...
Great to hear from you again. OUCH on the fall on the rocks. Right now I have a margarita on the rocks, mucho better than skin on the rocks!! Hope you get everything done on the boat without more problemas and get out there to sail and explore. Glad to hear you are all doing well and back in the sailing mode. Take good care and enjoy for us here. It snowed yesterday!
05/10/2007 | Bruce
Great to hear from you Doug! Snowing, eh?? We were skiing just a few weeks ago at Squaw Valley. Conditions were fantastic. Now we're in Mexico and snow seems like a distant memory. We are planning our passage to La Paz. Meanwhile I'm getting wrok done on the boat like plumbing repairs, electrical upgrades, and revarnishing. Why not revarnish, when you can get it done for ten cents on the dollar??
05/01/2009 | Jim
Hey guys...remember me? I am the puppet guy from Mazatlan; Jim on ANN MARIE.
Just wanted to say hi. I did a blog for The Roy Show and found your blog. I am still doing the show and still cruising each year on ANN MARIE.
If you have the chance write back. My e mail is [email protected]
Puppet Show on Anne Marie
05/04/2007, Mazatlan, Sinaloa

Jim of the sailing vessel Anne Marie from Santa Monica, CA, puts on a puppet show, "the Roy Orbishark Show", for kids and adults while in Mazatlan. Francois helped out, handling the clams and other cast members.

In the photo above Jim the puppeteer and Francois receive applause from the audience.

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05/05/2007 | jeffdulac
Salut les amuseurs !
Tout simplement géniale cette vidéo !
Je ne sais pas ou vous avez trouvé ces coquilles St Jacques ...mais moi j'en ai vu des centaines dans l'anse de Carentec et aucune ne chantait !!! ;)
Bisous à tous
Jeff et Renée
05/12/2007 | DAN Cooper
Hi Powells,
Loved the Blue Bayou with the crooning shark and backup clams. Have a great adventure.

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