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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Passage to Mazatlan

We're on our way to Mazatlan now, crossing the Sea of Cortez from the tip of Baja California to the mainland, heading East. There's 190 nautical miles of water between Cabo and Mazatlan.

The winds are very light just 5 or 6 knots, so we're motorsailing and making 8.5 knots. I hope the wind picks up some time soon so we can shut off the motor.

We passed a sailboat along the way, otherwise all we can see is water in every direction. Having left Cabo at 7 a.m. this morning, we will arrive in Mazatlan around 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.

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11/09/2008 | Sherry in Anchorage
Sounds awesome! Will you be going to La Paz? :o)
11/10/2008 | Bruce
We're not going to La Paz this time, because it's too cold in the winter (temperatures in the 70s... brrrr!)
11/13/2008 | Sherry in Anchorage
Ah ratz! I love hearing about your adventures in that area. 70's too cold... LOL!!! O'well, I 'spose it's time for me to head down there sometime this winter. What beautiful photos you all are taking!
Last Day in Cabo

Our last day at Cabo San Lucas was a busy one for me. We had a tear in the UV covering of the jib, so I borrowed a sewing machine from another boat and tried to make repairs. The sewing machine couldn't handle the material thickness near the tack of the sail. So I borrowed another one, this time a Sail Rite [tm]. Boy, is that a powerful machine. It sewed through the heavy material like butter. We brought along some scraps of the matching gray sunbrella fabric so we managed to make a very good looking repair.

I also found out, in the process of removing the jib, that the vectran pennant at the tack had worn to almost nothing. I made a new penannt out of three wraps of nylon line.

While I was up at the bow I found that one of the cotter rings for the lifelines had disappeared. So I replaced it, and checked and taped every cotter ring fitting on the boat.

After that there was the awards ceremony for the Baja Haha. We, along with everyone else, got a third place trophy. Afterwards we had dinner with friends Glenn & Rose at a great restaurant, Mama's Cantina I think it was.

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11/10/2008 | Bill
Sounds like a great time! I am glad to hear everyone comes out a winner, even if it is third place:) So is that the end of the Ha Ha??
11/10/2008 | Bruce
Yes, that's the end of the Haha, but not the end of the voyage for 90% of the participants. This is actually where the fun begins.
Playing in the Surf at Cabo

Francois, Antoine, and other kids from the Baja Ha-ha fleet play in the surf at Cabo San Lucas.

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Night Passage to Cabo

It's 2:30 a.m., and I'm on night watch on our passage to Cabo San Lucas. It has been a beautiful sail; we are averaging about 8.5 knots with 20 knots of breeze. There's no moon out, so the stars are especially brilliant. The motion of the boat through the waves casts out bow waves that glow in the starlight. It's mesmerizing to watch.

Cabo is about 50 miles away. One can see the faint city glow on the horizon.

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11/06/2008 | Jolea
Awesome visual! I did a passage with no moon once and it was beautiful. Is is bio-luminescence you are seeing? Amazing stuff. Fair winds!
Sailing to Cabo

We departed Bahia Santa Maria this morning at 7 a.m. along with the Haha fleet. We have 15 to 20 knot winds from the northwest and so we're making good time to Cabo averaging 7 to 8 knots.

We got out the piano today and Bruce, John, and Antoine played tunes on it. It's a Yamaha Portable Grand that only weighs 12 lbs and runs on AA batteries. It has a full size keyboard and a very sensitive action. It's great to have music on board. John's playing piano right now in the cockpit while he's on watch.

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Bahia Santa Maria

There was a great beach party this afternoon at Bahia Santa Maria. What's amazing is that here, in the middle of nowhere, there was a rock band, which drove in from La Paz.

Here's a view of the beach from our boat...

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Relaxing in Bahia Santa Maria

There was a strong wind the entire night, which kept it cool. We all slept well at anchor in Bahia Santa Maria. This is a small bay adjacent to the much larger Bahia de Magdalena (Mag Bay).

The rest of the crew got to relax while I got caught up on some projects.

One, the watermaker had an alarm go off. Checking the manual, the alarm was related to a flowmeter being clogged. I disconnected the flowmeter and cleared the clog. The watermaker is now back in operation. We made about 20 gallons of water today.

Two, it was time to check the engine oil. It appears that the crankcase oil level has not gone down since we left Turtle Bay. This is a good thing. If the engine is burning oil, it is not at an alarming rate.

Three, I repaired the lifelines. One cotter ring had come off taking a clevis pin with it. In the process I turned the bow lifelines around so that the turnbuckles are aft, not forward. This way the sail doesn't get ripped to shreds on the turnbuckle cotter rings.

Four, I installed a snap shackle on the preventer line. This will make it easier to remove.

Five, I replaced the forward head with a new one we bought in San Diego. The new one has the safety feature of a positive shutoff preventing backflow into the toilet form the holding tank. This happened to us a few times when the holding tank was too full. The new one will prevent that from happening.

I think that's enough projects for the day and will try to relax and have fun now.

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Kite Aerial Photo of Calou

Here's a snapshot taken of Calou from a kite-mounted camera from about 200 feet up. We're on the second day of our passage to Bahia de Magdalena. We've sailed the entire way from Turtle Bay, with steady 20 knot winds.

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11/02/2008 | Judy Armstrong
That is totally awesome!

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