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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Video: Tour Guidee Du Bateau
05/31/2007, La Paz, Mexico



Pascale gives a guided tour of our boat, in French, for her family members in France to enjoy.

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Video: Antoine Does Math aboard Calou
05/25/2007, La Paz, Mexico



Antoine does his math homework aboard Calou.

Home learning is a challenge aboard a boat, but we have adapted to it. The boys do less work when we're at sea and more when we're in port.

While we're sailing, they are studying the basics--math, English, spelling, and science. (And of course there's the Spanish, social studies, and natural sciences they're learning as a result of the cruising life in Mexico).

When we return to land-based living, we'll resume their usual curiculum.

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Video: Sailing from Los Muertos to La Paz
05/23/2007, Sea of Cortez



Here's a video of our sail from Los Muertos to La Paz.


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On the way to La Paz
05/23/2007

The second night on anchor at Los Muertos was like the first, the Coromuel winds came in at around 10 PM and blew 25 knots all night until dawn when it moderated to a light breeze.

We raised anchor around 9:30 a.m. and motorsailed all the way to La Paz. The winds were about 8 to 10 knots, mostly on a close reach close hauled. It was a pleasant day on the water, the engine running notwithstanding.

We arrived at Marina Costa Baja in La Paz at about 6 PM, tied up at the dock, and had a nice dinner at one of the restaurants that surround the marina.

It's cooler here in La Paz, the temperatures were in the 50s late at night, we had to sleep with blankets for the first time.

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Casa Del Trens
05/22/2007, Bahia de los Suenos

Here's a photo of the interior of Casa Del Trens (House of Trains), a the Bahia de los Suenos resort.

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Bahia de Los Suenos
Bruce
05/22/2007, Bahia de Los Muertos, Baja Ca. Sur

[photo: view from one of the residences at Bahia De Los Suenos]

Having arrived at Los Muertos, we anchored in the cove by the Giggling Marlin. The winds were extremely light the entire day, but at about 10 PM it started getting windy. By 3 a.m. it was blowing 25 knots from the West, and this continued all night until dawn when the winds just stop and it's dead calm.

These annoying winds make for an uncomfortable night. It's hard to sleep soundly when you're wondering if the anchor is dragging or some other boat is dragging onto you. Fortunately the anchor held, we had put out a 5:1 scope of all chain.

We spent the second day at Los Muertos catching up on our sleep, the boys playing on the beach all day. In the afternoon Pascale and I decided to walk down the beach about a mile toward some distant structures. We could see thatched roofs and plam trees by the beach. As we got closer it became clear this was some kind of resort.

This turned out to be "Casa de los Suenos" (House of Dreams). We got a tour of the place by their scuba instructor Tom. It was built by a billionaire as part of a project to turn the area into a resort.

This place is extremely luxurious! I found their web site, check it out at
http://www.bahiadelossuenos.com/

They have a restaurant called Casa Del Trens (House of Trains). The owner has a serious interest in model trains, and built this two story structure to house his million-dollar model train collection. It also serves as the restaurant for the resort development. We returned in the evening with the boys to have dinner there and let the boys admire the model train collection.

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Video: Crossing the Sea of Cortez
Bruce
05/21/2007, Mazatlan to Baja



Here's a video of the highlights of our sailing trip from Mazatlan to Los Muertos on the Baja peninsula.

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Night Crossing of Sea of Cortez
Bruce
05/20/2007

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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