Change of Season
by Capts. Dave and Desiree
04/26/2009, Cabo Colonet, Mexico
As we finally approach the Mexican/United States border, there is no question we have noted the change in seasons. We have had endless summer(s), but now there is a notable change in the air, and especially the water temperature.
We have monitored the sea temperature as we have headed north. Along the central coast of Mexico, the water had increased to 23.7C (72.8F), and we dropped anchor in a bay to scrub barnacles off the bottom of the boat. Even at this temperature, it required us to wear a wetsuit, but it was tolerable for the two hours we were scraping away. In retrospect, we are grateful we made that stop, now that that our instruments read a temperature of 9.4C (48.7F). NO WAY are any of us getting wet in the Pacific, or at least not intentionally.
Our last passage has taken us about 750 miles from Mazatlan to Cabo Colonet, 65 miles short of Ensenada. With the weather deteriorating over the next 24 hours, we decided to drop anchor and wait it out. When the seas settle, we will depart for Ensenada, and do the appropriate checkout of Mexico, and head onward to California.
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Companions at Sea
By Capts. Dave and Desiree
04/21/2009, Offshore Bahia Magdalena, North of Cabo San Lucas
We are now spending more days at sea than on land, so our tales are limited, which is a good thing. When we change guards on our nightshifts, we ask one another, "Anything exciting on your shift?" "Nope," is the typical answer lately, which is just how we like it.
No more episodes of the anchor "self-deploying," or any other adrenalin stimulating events.
We have been seeing many dolphins, and just over the last 18 hours have caught two yellowtail fish. We are aware that this passage is good fishing grounds, so we hope to keep our freezer full of fish. Last night was fish prepped in the oven, and fish tacos are on the menu tonight. We are even having Bill's (previous crew) special black beans. Let's hope they come out as tasty as his. We'll let you know Bill.
During these calm hours, we continue schoolwork, do lots of reading, nap between shifts, and just stare out into the blue ocean. One of our recent sighting was the Mexican Navy ship off our starboard. The ship seemed to be patrolling the waters, and since we gave them no reason to approach us, they continued cruising on by. So life is tranquil on the high seas at present, and we are taking in stride these undisturbed times.
“Sailing by Cabo”
By Capts. Dave and Desiree
04/19/2009, Offshore, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
We initially planned to stop at Cabo San Lucas, but anyone familiar with the "Baja Bash" (heading up the northern coast of Mexico via Baja California) knows you should keep moving while the going is good. So thus being the case, we rallied forward.
We motored in front of Cabo late afternoon. These days we are motoring more than sailing, and actually making some distance in light of the seas being calm and mild winds on our nose. We took a memorable photo, so at least we can say we have been there.