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Gabriellas grandpa
11/17/2008, La Paz (City of Peace)

After tons of real nervousness I said my good-byes to everyone and untied my lines to sail out of Guaymas bay. The cruise ship Ryndam was making her second visit to Guaymas and would be coming down on my stern in a short while. It turned dark after a couple hours out and I saw the bright lights of a small city coming down my way. I called the Ryndam and they answered immediately and said they would pass me on my port side. I love it when good things come together. I raised my mainsail as soon as I left the dock and then about 30 minutes later I raised the jib and was cooking southward. I sailed all night and until about 5pm the next day.....how exciting to sail that much with no motor running. The sailing was so good I did'nt want to stop, so I kept going south. I motored through the last night(a 2 nighter passage) and right into La Paz. There were a lot of nice anchorages along the way but I decided I could hit all those on my way back north next April. I will stay here a couple of nights to catch up on sleep then cross over to Mazatlan. I want to be in San Blas or Isla Isabella for Thanksgiving so I won't think about it too much.......Princess Gabriella...... I running into a lot of cruisers I met last year, so that's kinda nice. My rudder was bent when I put it back together so I monitored it on the way south.....it's not perfect, but works okay. I have'nt repaired my thermostat housing from last year and it leaked a little on the way down. The fact that everything worked and it was a nice, but lonely trip put a smile on my scarred face.

11/17/2008 | Susan
You're not planning to join other cruisers for Thanksgiving in Mazatlan this year?
Just out of curiosity, what type of skin cancer did you have removed, basal or squamous? Over the past decade I've had loads of both removed; in August I had two squamous removed. My dermatologist jokes that she and I are going to grow old together:)
11/18/2008 | Phillip Perkins
Susan, Carcinoma Basocelular Nodulo-Quistico. This is the complete spanish name. It looks like the 2nd name says Basal. Last year was a bust in Mazatlan because of the rolled and process turkey.
11/21/2008 | Chuck and Elaine
Glad to hear your first crossing went well. Have a great Thanksgiving and happy sailing on your way south. I think Cap Cat is in front of you. Say hi to all and hope to see you in the SOC next spring.
C&E
Boomerang
11/21/2008 | Heather Corsaro
PHIL!!! We have kept an eye out for you. We are in La Paz right now. We are going to linger in the Sea and after Thanksgiving we are on to La Cruz. IF you want to check out our blog here is the link http://sailingeupsychia.blogspot.com/

We hope to see you soon!
11/23/2008 | carol and Wayne capcat
Phil, loved the picts on your hulls ....very grandpa ...Gabriella is a lucky gal to have you in her life!
The Mexican Riviera awaits
Gabriellas grandpa
11/14/2008, Singlar, Guaymas, Sonora

Tomorrow is the day I've been waiting for. After doing last minute laundry and food shopping I will cast off for all points south. I went to my skin Doctor for the last time to retrieve my boipsy he sent off to Obregon. It was as he suspected(but not me) to be carcinoma. Skin cancer. He said he cut the bump off my nose deep and wide enough to get all the roots of the problem out. He thinks it will be alright. I told poor Arianna in the Singlar office about the results and now she is more worried than I am. I will post her pic in this blog. We had our nice little pizza party with all the employees and were they ever appreciative. It made them feel so good that they were appreciated by gringo cruisers and not all of us want things cheaper and done the way it is in the states. I think this place is the place that I've really gotten attached to even though this is'nt even close to being in the tropical paradise that is waiting.....it must be the people and the friendships they bring. Susan, the only new thing on the outside of the boat is a nice stainless barbecue on my rail. The hulls are the whitest they have ever been. Everyone, look in my picture gallery and scan down to the bottom to the new album to see the new pics and my nice art work on the bottom of the boat dedicated to my beautiful grandaughter Gabriella. I don't know where my next post will be from because I won't make up my mind as to destination until I'm in the middle of the Sea of Cortez.

11/14/2008 | Princess Gabriella
And now... a few words from the Little Princess:
"Hi, Grandpa -- I loooooove the new artwork on the bottom of your boat! You are sailing to the high seas where you must go. Will you send a postcard to me????????????????? I love and miss you lots! Love, Gabriella
11/15/2008 | Susan
Now Mannasea and Ruby have two things in common: we both dodged hurricanes and we both have new barbecues:)
We're going "uptown" by replacing our old Magma kettle on the rail with a new rectangle Magma on a pedestal. Let the grilling begin!
Bouncing on the water
Gabriellas grandpa
11/13/2008, Singlar, Guaymas, Sonora

It sure does good for the soul to be floating again. I went in the water 3 days ago with little damage to the boat.....those pesky straps on the travel lift pulled my deck up a little and rubbed some bottom paint off. My shifter(forward and reverse) was not working properly and my throttle was rusty and not working. After taking everything apart at the fuel dock and wd-40 sprayed liberally I got everyhting working again. Five months of non-use and things tend to get stuck and not work properly. I changed the oil and filter and tweaked a few other things and loaded up with diesel and washed the boat. Tomorrow, I'm throwing a Pizza party for the employees here at the marina(trying to impress Arianna) and had a nice cake made with Muchas Gracias Singlar written on it. I've truly enjoyed their help and friendship while here in Guaymas. It's going to be tough to depart Saturday, but I have to be on my way. I don't know if I will go straight across the Sea to Bahia Concepcion or keep going south to either Mazatlan or La Paz. The weather window for the period that I will be underway looks real good, so that's why I think I might keep on going because I can visit the Sea again at the end of the season on my way back north.

11/13/2008 | The Niece Della
Awesome! Excited to hear you are back on the water...keep in touch! Love you lots!
11/14/2008 | Susan
Mannasea looks spiffy! Did you add anything new to the boat this season?

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