The Cruise of Mariposa

24 November 2009 | Fondeadero San Carlos, Baja California Norte, Mexico
20 November 2009 | Turtle Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
19 November 2009 | Bahia Asuncion, Baja California Sur, Mexico
18 November 2009 | Punta Abreojos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
02 November 2009 | Bahia los Frailes, Baja California Sur, Mexico
01 November 2009 | Ensenada de los Muertos, Baja California Sur
30 October 2009 | Playa Pichilingue, Baja California Sur, Mexico
30 October 2009 | La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
16 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
04 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
03 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
31 August 2009 | Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur, Mexico
31 August 2009 | Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur, Mexico
09 July 2009 | Puerto Los Gato, Baja California Sur, Mexico
07 July 2009 | San Evaristo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
04 July 2009 | Ensenada Grande, Isla Partida, Baja California Sur, Mexico
30 June 2009 | Southern Baja
22 June 2009 | Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
19 June 2009 | La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico
19 June 2009 | Puerto Ballandra, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Puerto Ballandra

19 June 2009 | Puerto Ballandra, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Eric/Sunny and Warm
You may recall that at the beginning of our trip from Mazatlan across the southern Sea of Cortez we had a little difficulty involving barnacles. They had grown on our propeller into a ball of such proportions that we could barely move the boat. I dove in and had at them with a scraper just enough to get us going again, but the sun was setting and we were twenty miles offshore, so I didn't do a very thorough job, and I didn't even begin cleaning the hull.

Puerto Ballandra was our first real stop in the Sea of Cortez, and we took full advantage of the warm, turquoise waters to rest from our long trip and to clean the hull. Ballandra is only a dozen miles from La Paz, but we were in no hurry. There was plenty of white-sand beach and clear water to look at, and a famous "mushroom rock". Charter boats come out from La Paz on dinner cruises.

The cove is large and reasonably well protected, even from the evening Coromuel winds that make most anchorages around La Paz uncomfortable. These winds come up especially in the winter and spring, blowing reliably from the south through the evenings and into the mornings. Southwest of La Paz there is a low spot in the terrain that extends all the way to the Pacific, and Pacific wind finds its way through the gap into the Sea of Cortez by this route. The term Coromuel dates back at least to the mid-19th century, and is said to be named after the 17th-century English pirate Cromwell. This is almost surely a myth, as there is no evidence that Cromwell ever visited the Californias, but it is the best story going so who's to argue?
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Vessel Name: Mariposa
Vessel Make/Model: 1979 Ta Shing Baba 30
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Sarka & Eric
About: Sarka and Eric are on a 12-18 month trip to Mexico and the South Pacific.
Mariposa's Photos - Main
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 14 June 2009
1 Photo | 12 Sub-Albums
Created 14 January 2009
7 Photos
Created 4 January 2009
1 Photo | 18 Sub-Albums
Created 22 November 2008
58 Photos
Created 9 November 2008
These are photos from our departure and trip down the California coast
28 Photos
Created 20 October 2008

Who: Sarka & Eric
Port: San Francisco, CA