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Video: Sea of Cortez, Part 3: Concepcion to San Carlos
07/16/2007



Here's a video with the highlights of our sail from Bahia de Concepcion northward in the Sea of Cortez, to Santa Rosalia and then across the sea eastward to San Carlos.

This video is Part 3 in a 3-part series.

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Video: Sea of Cortez 2 - Sailing from Puerto Escondido to Isla Martin
Bruce
07/07/2007



Here's a video with the highlights of our sail from Puerto Escondido northward in the Sea of Cortez, to Isla Martin.

Video and stills of our sailing trip in the Sea of Cortez, from Puerto Escondido to Puerto Ballandra where there was an informal cruiser's potcluck on the beach, then to San Juanico, then to Playa El Burro on Bahia de Concepcion, which featured a palapa-lined beach and a homey little restaurant called Bertha's.

We then headed north to an anchorage on Bahia de Concepcion called San Dominico, and met a guy named Garth on the boat INCLINATION who taught the boys about all the types of sea life in Bahia Concepcion, and showed them how to hunt for scallops and clams (steamer clams and the larger, popular "chocolates", so named because the shells are chocolate brown).

This video is Part 2 in a 3-part series.

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07/16/2007 | Rich Boren
Fabulous....absolutely fabulous Guys! Watching these clips makes it hard to wait the 353 Days until we cast off with our two kids and head your way....so save some fun for us!

Cheers
07/16/2007 | Bruce
thanks, Rich, we look forward to hearing from you in the Sea of Cortez!
Hauling the Boat out in San Carlos
Bruce
07/07/2007, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico

CALOU was loaded on a truck this morning, using an ingenious submersible trailer that they back down the boat ramp under our boat, and six hydraulic arms are raised up that support the boat. Then the boat is pulled out of the water.

CALOU was then taken to MARINA SECA, where Pascale and I began the task of removing sails and all the rigging and the boom, in preparation for pulling the mast out on Monday.

Then sometime on Wednesday a semi truck will haul her first to Tucson, then home to Sausalito, California. We'll report on this blog how the trucking experience works out for us.


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Further Adventures in San Carlos
Bruce
07/07/2007, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico

Our first day in San Carlos was marked by having our dinghy stolen, it seems it couldn't get worse, but we were stricken with food poisoning on the third day. Francois had a mild case, but for Pascale and me, we had to be taken to a clinic and be put on I.V. to get us hydrated, we had lost so much water.

Following this, we had little appetite and were unable to eat for another three days. Today we're doing better.

We were very lucky to find a very beautiful and luxurious 2BR condo for rent here, at the same price as two cheap motel rooms in the surrounding area. It's part of the Hotel/Marina complex, and opens right onto one of the three beautiful swimming pools. (Our condo is just to the left of the house-shaped topiary in the photo).

It's so nice to sleep in a king bed and have A/C in these 100+ degree temperatures! We'll stay in the condo the next 5 days while we get the boat ready for her journey back home by truck.

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Crossing the Sea of Cortez to San Carlos
Bruce
06/29/2007

We left Santa Rosalia a 5:45 a.m. and are sailing north east across the Sea of Cortez to San Carlos. The seas were flat at first and now we have about 4 foot waves. The winds are about 16 to 18 knots on a close reach which makes for excellent sailing conditions.

We put out the fishing lines and caught a Dorado this morning. Francois and Pascale filleted it and we're planning to have the fish for dinner this evening when we arrive in San Carlos.

We're about midway across the Sea of Cortez now, about 6 more hours to go.

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At port in Santa Rosalia
06/26/2007

We arrived in the quaint town of Santa Rosalia, nicknamed El Ciudad De Madera (the City of Wood) because of its unique wood architecture. In 1885 a French mining company established a copper mine in the area, and built the many homes and buildings of the town out of wood. So the town's architecture has a distinct look reminiscent of France.

It even has a steel church, designed by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame).

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Whale at Isla San Marcos
06/21/2007, Isla San Marcos

We were sitting on the cockpit of our boat while anchored at Isla San Marcos in the early evening, when I saw what looked like a fin approaching us from astern. I said, "Look, Pascale, a dolphin or a shark!" I wasn't sure what it was.

A minute later, a huge whale, about the size of our boat, surfaced right next to us, about 15 feet off our port side, exposing her entire back and letting out a big puff of air, before descending back into the depths. What a magical moment.

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06/30/2007 | jeff
Coucou tout le monde !
Nous espérons voir les photos de ce beau cétacé ;)
et éventuellement de l'aileron de requin... :)
Bises à tous et bons vents !
Jeff
Isla San Marcos
06/20/2007


We motored north from Santo Domingo to Isla San Marcos today, departing 9 a.m. and arriving about 3:30 p.m.

It was a flat calm the whole way, with true wind speed never exceeding 2 knots. Except, of course, once we arrived, when a breeze of about 10 knots piped up.

We were visited by a huge pod of bottle nose dolphins, that played in the bow wave and followed us for several minutes before rejoining their brethren.

In Bahia de Concepcion, the water temperature was 90 degrees F. Here at Isla San Marcos, it's a much cooler 80 degrees F. The afternoon air temperature remains about 100 F.

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