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Greg, Donna Lou and Boat Cat Ziwhot's Search for Adventure Captain Gregory (KI6IIU) and Admiral Donna Lou (KI6IIS) Norell E-mail:
Our First Chabasco of the Year
Admiral Donna Lou
07/07/2011, Santo Domingo

From ships log 7-2-11
Today's weather from Caleta San Juanico 26 22' N 111 23'W to just inside Bahia Concepcion Santo Domingo.25 51' N 111 50' W, was great a 10 hour passage with eight of them under sail a nice smooth reach with Magic Carpet sometimes doing 7.9 knots:
Gregorio's fishing report: 4 Skippy's released 1 Dorado kept for dinner! Dorado caught on a blue & white skirt. Wind currently (7pm.) at Santo Domingo is from southeast at 5 knot's. Temperature 95 degrees.
A few hours after serving & broadcasting as net controller and giving the above current weather from Magic Carpet. A Chubasco hit! Our first for this season, wind picked up to 50 knots from the southeast. We were with five other sailing vessels anchored at Santo Domingo a shallow (17 to 20 ft) protected bay. All boats held in place. Captain Greg turned on our radar & alarm as soon as the Chubasco came up to makes sure Magic Carpet did not drag. We were held in place by 100 ft of 3/8 chain & a 35 LB CQR anchor. The Chubasco was short lived about 5 hours. All was well aboard Magic Carpet and with fellow cruisers anchored near by. All heading to the Sonrisa Ham weather man 4 of July party at Playa El Burro. July 3 rd early morning Ham radio check ins revealed 2 cruisers in the far north of the Sea of Cortez (Puerto Refugio) suffered damage. One sailing boat went ashore on a sandy beach (they had re-floated her by net time 7:30, and the second had his inflatable in the water with motor on. It had flipped over and over during the Chubasco and he had lost his engine & ores but not the inflatable. That evening we heard for the first time about a large chatter boat out of San Felipe that had sank during the Chubasco with 40 people aboard And presently we understand eight Americans are still not accounted for. We are very saddened for this loss! And understand National News is covering this story! Magic Carpet at this location (El Burro Cove) Has no access to the world except through our Single Side Band Marine/Ham Radio. SO we are posting this ASAP so family & friends will be reassured all is sunshine & roses on Magic Carpet.
At this time we are also in the dark about cruising friends Doug & Trish aboard their beloved sailing vessel KMT heading home to Oregon abandoning their boat. We do not know why, but do know all are safe and are now on a boat headed to Hawaii. Our love and prayers go out to them and we thank God for their safety.

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07/07/2011 | Alexander and Florence Montalvo
We were concerned , knowing that you were in that region. It is good to know that you are safe.
There are seven Americans that are still not accounted for. One American is confirmed to be fatal casualty. A Sacramento based C-130 is assisting with the search effort. The Mexican Naval authorities say they will suspend rescue Operations on Friday the 8th of July. There is a diving crew being sent down to the sunken vessel to see if any of the missing went down with the vessel.
take care, Alex and Florence
07/09/2011 | Rebecca and Jim Cox
So glad to hear the two of you are safe and sound! Thank you for your good thoughts and prayers for Jim and I - we did the same for you. Take care, Rebecca.
Final on Copper Canyon

The Picture is of the Valley of the Erect Monks

After reading our sail blog entrees fellow cruiser considering inland travel to the Copper Canyon, and wishing a cost summary and wishing waypoints into Marina Palmira. Please e-mail with a request - we will forward the information ASAP. or . FYI s/v Jacaranda detailed itinerary & cost summary is available at www. It was a big help to us! Thank you Chuck & Linda for taking the time to lead the way.

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Back At Sea Again Passage from Topolobampo to Isla Coronados
Admiral Donna Lou
06/29/2011, Isla Coronados

It felt good to be sailing again! Nice beam reach five to seven knots straight across the Sea of Cortez, lumpy sea not so great! Steady wind most of the crossing, Yanmar used a few times to keep Magic Carpet heading west. We arrived Isla Coronados 26-06.541'N - 111-17.049'W after a 30-hour passage. It's great to see the "Baja" again! Enjoyed a late lunch at anchor. Zapped the first scout bee with our new Electronic Bee Zapper, it is a fun new electronic addition to Magic Carpets electronics.

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Beatriz Update

Beatriz 3rd posting: June 22,2011- She has weakened! - And is no danger to Magic Carpet - We will soon be heading farther North to be as far away as possible from hurricanes, Our biggest concern now (we hope) will be Chubascos. A Chubasco is a violent, but short -lived squall, usually accompanied by thunder, lighting, rain and strong winds. Chubascos are a summer time convection storm that can hit at any time from the late afternoon to early morning.

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06/25/2011 | PG
Good no Danger
06/25/2011 | tony
it works
06/25/2011 | Victoria
Hi Mom and Gregario! Finally able to post- loved ready about your escapades and especially the dolphin. Get North, Stay safe, and thank you for keeping us up to date! We are settling in here in NE. Rain rain and rain...trying to rescue a fallen baby Robin from the big storm last night. His nest fell out of the tree. Love and prayer, Tori
06/28/2011 | Tony
Greg, I sent you an e-mail with two papers to sign and get back to me ASAP.

El Chepe The Copper Canyon railroad

El Chepe: The Copper Canyon railroad , This masterpiece of engineering traverses from sea level to 8000 feet in altitude, passing through vast biologically diverse habitats. This region is listed on the worlds 200 most critical areas for conservation. The route slices diagonally across the Copper Canyon region for 407 miles. El Chepe has opened the gates to one of the most isolated areas of Mexico. There are 86 tunnels and 37 bridges. If all you do is ride the train to Creel for a night or two it's worth it!

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Arriving back in Creel

After Arriving back in Creel and a short siesta we were off to the Recohuate Hot Springs. Again we did not expect the challenge of getting there or the beauty. One hour out of Creel deep down to the bottom of yet another canyon the Tarahumara have created hot pools for soaking in several temperatures. The hot springs cascade out from the ancient volcanic remains now deep in mother earth. We never expected to be socking our tired bodies in such a fabulous spa surrounded with a million-dollar view on this trip! The Natural mineral water soak. watching the sun set was a peaceful end to a great day. After a Comida Corrida dinner in town and a short stroll sleep came quickly to both of us. Early to rise and on to a Mexican breakfast we answered to bell calling us and attended Mass with the locals. Found answers to a lot of our questions in the local museum said good bye to McClain and board El Chepe for the last time. Ten hours latter we returned to our beloved Magic Carpet all safe and sound at Marina Palmira in Topolobampo, Home sweet Home.

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06/25/2011 | Victoria
Now this is what I like to see. Happy Anniversary love-birds.

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