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The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Matir
Keith - late May, 2007
09/23/2007, Sea of Cortez

That island in the distance is Matir. It is located in the center of the northern Sea of Cortez. Gerry says sailboats shouldn't go there because of potential water turbulence and the fact that its like 40 miles from anything. Of course, that's the point of going to Matir. Also, I didn't want to do an all night passage and it was the perfect place to stop for the night. The weather and water were so calm when I last traveled the Sea of Cortez that it was fine around Matir. And that place was incredible. Maybe the most adventurous night at sea so far. I liked the remoteness. And it was like a Jurassic Park with all the wildlife and sounds. In the picture Matir seems close, but it is still a long way away. I didn't arrive until late afternoon. When sailors back at San Carlos found out that I went to Matir, I was legendary for a day.

Singmeaway at sunset, Sea of Cortez
Keith - May 2007
09/23/2007

See what I mean.

Baja Geology
Keith - May, 2007
09/23/2007, San Franciscito, Baja

I met this Canadian gentleman and his wife while anchored in the little protected cove in San Franciscito after island hopping across the Sea of Cortez. They were retired and cruising their 27 or so foot 1960s vintage sailboat all around the Sea of Cortez and had also sailed up to Alaska and numerous other places in that boat in addition to truck and camper camping around Latin America. Nice couple. They gave me fish. I had them over for drinks. They liked the Catalina 25 and thought it quite roomy and capable to sail long distances. We went adventuring together in my zodiac and hiked into the desert looking for caves. Didn't find those, but we did find beautiful rock formations and some nice cruising friends. We exchanged photos through e-mail months later. I'll try and find those and post one.

Last Light
Keith - May, 2007
09/23/2007, San Franciscito, Baja

One of the rewards of having just sailed across the Sea of Cortez.

After Sailing Across the Sea of Cortez
Keith - May, 2007
09/23/2007, San Francisco, Baja

This picture was taken by the friends I met after crossing the Sea of Cortez in a Catalina 25.

Arriving at San Franciscito After Crossing the Sea
Keith - May, 2007
09/23/2007

The wind picked way up as I approached the Baja coast and I had a bit of a rough time, but finally got anchored. This was the other sailboat sharing the anchorage and we later enjoyed some time and activity together.

Cruising
Keith - May, 2007
09/23/2007, Sea of Cortez

Underway.

Crossing the Sea of Cortez
Keith - May, 2007
09/23/2007

Sailing across the Sea of Cortez in early summer, 2007. I've got my harness on and I'm listening to the cruising report (or perhaps a Mexican radio station) as I make my way across the Baja on my first cruising sailboat, the popular Catalina 25 swing keel. Good thing I happened on the swing keel because I grounded twice on my first sailing trip off the coast of Mexico and if it wasn't for the retractable swing keel, I'd have been done for.

Friends From Above
Keith, late May, 2007
09/23/2007, Northern Mexico, Sea of Cortez

These are the two older gentlemen I met before traversing Punta Baja. They gave me the magic beans, two five gallon containers of gasoline. That fuel took me across the Sea of Cortez and back. The guys caught a rather large fish shortly after this picture. They offered me their catch but I declined. It seems they parted company soon afterwards, but before that happened they managed to inspire me to follow my dreams. The one on the left told me straight out that he helped adventurers as a matter of principle. Two wise angels put in my path by the grace of g-d.

San Pedro Bay
Keith - May, 2007
09/23/2007

It was so calm, I just rowed the zodiac from the anchored sailboat to shore. It was paradise that evening. It was like there was this other magical world that exists there - and it exists even as I write this and even as you read this months or years later. All I have to do to get to this magical world is to get into a sailboat and venture across the sea or even just out of the marina and up or down the coast a few miles. The magical land awaits those who dare to discover and does not care who you are, how you get there, or the size of your boat.

 

 
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