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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: norell49@yahoo.com
From Magic Carpet Log July 16, 2011:
Admirals Report Donna Lou
07/16/2011

From Magic Carpet Log July 16, 2011: Santa Rosalea: Time to head back to Sea the Admiral s at it again thinking about saving a little black female dog. Eight male dogs were enjoying her company when we arrived at the old Marina. Locals say They will take her to the dumps; she is due in early Oct. that's what they do to dogs in Mexico. Early morning departure (4am) from Santa Rosalia heading North to San Francisquito (75 miles). As fate would have it the traditional southerly winds did not prevail. Magic Carpet faced Northerly winds a long 17-hour passage -winds to 10 knots & seas to 6 feet. Then when the seas settled down we encountered tides, ripe tides & currents. Several Turtles came close to look us over. Sunsets at sea are always specials, Just as a full moon was rising we arrived at the inner cove of San Francisquito. It's kind of scary, with a narrow and shallow entrance. We arrived at high tide so we were able to enter with 4 feet under our keel. Magic Carpet is now safely at anchor in 17 feet of water in one of the Sea of Cortez perfect hurricane holes. Mountains surround us - it's peaceful here! With its white sandy beaches & the fishing just outside the entrance is great. So far Grouper, Yellow Tail, Chula all caught on sardine looking lour, trolling from Aladdin.

Magic Carpet's Ships Log
07/21/2011 | Mike Robinson
Hope you are not getting hammer by the big storm on the coast that we read about
From Magic Carpet Log July 16, 2011:
Admirals Report Donna Lou
07/16/2011

From Magic Carpet Log July 16, 2011: Santa Rosalea: Time to head back to Sea the Admiral s at it again thinking about saving a little black female dog. Eight male dogs were enjoying her company when we arrived at the old Marina. Locals say They will take her to the dumps; she is due in early Oct. that's what they do to dogs in Mexico. Early morning departure (4am) from Santa Rosalia heading North to San Francisquito (75 miles). As fate would have it the traditional southerly winds did not prevail. Magic Carpet faced Northerly winds a long 17-hour passage -winds to 10 knots & seas to 6 feet. Then when the seas settled down we encountered tides, ripe tides & currents. Several Turtles came close to look us over. Sunsets at sea are always specials, Just as a full moon was rising we arrived at the inner cove of San Francisquito. It's kind of scary, with a narrow and shallow entrance. We arrived at high tide so we were able to enter with 4 feet under our keel. Magic Carpet is now safely at anchor in 17 feet of water in one of the Sea of Cortez perfect hurricane holes. Mountains surround us - it's peaceful here! With its white sandy beaches & the fishing just outside the entrance is great. So far Grouper, Yellow Tail, Chula all caught on sardine looking lour, trolling from Aladdin.

Magic Carpet's Ships Log
From Magic Carpet Log July 13, 2011
Admirals Report Donna Lou
07/16/2011

From Magic Carpet Log July 13, 2011 Great 4th of July party hosted by Greay Richie "Papa - Kilo - Hotel" our Sonrisa Ham Net weather guy. Who every morning gives us a heads up on the conditions we are most likely to face for the next three days plus possible up coming Hurricane information. It was great fun catching up with old friends and making new ones. Thirty-six boats anchored in the El Burro cove area for an potluck feast. Gary's Hot Dogs & fire works were super a good time was had by all. Gary even arranged comfortable weather under 100 degrees. Snorkeling provided with a second and third feast. So it's easy to say we are eating well and living the good life. The wind pushed us out of the party cove and Bahia Conception Bay and a motor sail to San Marcus Island with its fabulous sea caves. After a short stay we sailed to Santa Rosalia ware we are able to give Magic Carpet a much-needed Salt away bath. Checking out a few local Vegie stands, bakery & Taco carts. This year the new marina was full up! Seams like a lot of sailors are taking advantage of the poor U.S. economy putting their moneymaking opportunities on hold and are cruising the Sea of Cortez. The Sea is full of boaters. We are staying for the first time at the old marina, a funky place. The palapa of knowledge & book exchange are fun. It's run on the honor system, want a soft drink or a beer - help your self & make your mark keys for all, pay up when you move on! Old school place we are enjoying it. We plan to head North from here with the winds behind us. It's a short season for Magic Carpet it's with sadness that were already felling it ending and starting to have flashes of responsibility. Glad to have heard Doug & Trish & Cat are safe at "home" in Oregon. We are still numb over the loss of the KMT. Speaking of loss a 80 year old single hander Fred beached his 38 footer after falling a sleep (we think) He's well, boats high & dry maybe a total lose. Put just think he did it- followed his dream - Fred proved it's never to late!

Magic Carpet's Ships Log
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.

Magic Carpet's Ships Log
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
06/29/2011

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. Norell49@yahoo.com or KI6IIU@winlink.org . FYI s/v Jacaranda detailed itinerary & cost summary is available at www. Jacarandajourney.com It was a big help to us! Thank you Chuck & Linda for taking the time to lead the way.

Magic Carpet's Ships Log
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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