S/V Sea Dancer

20 May 2017 | Home in Oxnard, CA
12 May 2017 | H-Dock, Channel Islands Harbor Marina, Oxnard
11 May 2017 | H-Dock, Channel Islands Harbor Marina, Oxnard
05 May 2017 | Home in Oxnard, CA
30 April 2017 | San Diego Police Dock Marina, Slip #7
29 April 2017 | Cruiseport Marina, Ensenada
25 April 2017 | Cruiseport Marina, Ensenada
18 April 2017 | Turtle Bay
09 April 2017 | Sea of Cortez
03 April 2017 | Mazatlan, El Cid Marina
03 April 2017 | Mazatlan, El Cid Marina
31 March 2017 | El Cid Marina, Mazatlan
28 March 2017 | Matanchen
24 March 2017 | Chacala
24 March 2017 | Chacala
19 March 2017 | Paradise Village Marina, Nuevo Vallarta
19 March 2017 | Paradise Village Marina, Nuevo Vallarta

Mexico Wrap Up

20 May 2017 | Home in Oxnard, CA
Don
We have been home for a week now and have been working a little and resting a little. We have started cleaning up the boat, mostly down below. I have more cleaning up on the deck to do and going through boat systems and rigging, which is something you do no matter where the boat is located. I am keeping my boating philosophy of working on one or two things a day and then spend the rest of the day relaxing on the boat. I have priced the cost for a new main sail and will be ordering it next week.

On the home front, we are reconnecting with old friends, getting use to sleeping on solid ground and have gone through 6 months of mail. As much as we loved sailing in Mexico the last three years, we are glad to be home and look forward to cruising at our local islands. Our daughter Regina has done a wonderful job of taking care of our house and Rags while we were away and we thank her very much.

Some Mexico Cruising statistics:
We Left Channel Islands Harbor on September 1, 2014 and returned on May 11, 2017
First Season Mileage: 1,855
Second Season Mileage: 1,000
Third Season Mileage: 2,266
Total Miles: 5,121

We have sailed as far north as San Carlos in the Sea of Cortez and as far south as Puerto Vallarta along the Pacific Mainland Coast. All of it was beautiful and unique and we enjoyed exploring the out of the way places of Mexico that you can only reach by boat. The best part of the trip was meeting and getting to know the Mexican people, they are the most gracious, fun loving and hardworking people we have met. Right along with this would be meeting with fellow cruisers from all over the world. We have become good friends with most of them, and look forward to seeing them again.

Future Plans:
We will be keeping the boat here in Oxnard and doing local cruising for the foreseeable future, in a year or two we are thinking of taking the boat up to San Francisco and sail around the bay and the delta for three months. People are asking us it we would take the boat back to Mexico and the short answer is definitely yes! The longer answer is not that simple, we have thought about it, but if we do it would be at least three years down the road and we would stay in the Sea of Cortez. We are also planning some land trips, here in the United States and in Mexico and possibly in Europe.

We will keep doing the blog as we cruise locally and whatever land cruises we do. Enjoy!

Through Bobbi's Eyes: Home Sweet Home!

12 May 2017 | H-Dock, Channel Islands Harbor Marina, Oxnard
Bobbi
What can I say? We are home! I kind of feel like Dorothy (in the Wizard of Oz), it’s been one amazing adventure and I know that I have grown through the experiences we have had but it is good to be home. I would highly recommend the Mexico cruising experience to all. The people of Mexico are lovely and the country is beautiful. Don’t hesitate to visit Mexico.

The Short Long Sail Home

11 May 2017 | H-Dock, Channel Islands Harbor Marina, Oxnard
Don
This might seem like a strange title, especially since we have just completed 1,020-mile sail and we only have 160-miles to go and Bobbi and I are anxious to get the boat home. Our plan is to take a week getting home by harbor hopping and spending nights at a local yacht clubs.
On Sunday, we drove down to Cardiff by the Sea, spending the afternoon and next morning with our cruising friends Mike, Cindy and Annabel on “August Dream II” at their home. Monday afternoon we return the rental car and I changed the oil and filter, as well as checking all systems and rigging.

5-9-17: At 6:30am we motored out of our slip and into the channel, as we headed out of the channel and headed for home with 10 knots of wind from the south (Thank you Lord). For about an hour until we got into deep water we had very lumpy seas, poor Rags, who was not use to being on the boat, got seasick. The rest of the day was a smooth sail north and tied up to the Oceanside Yacht Club guest dock by 1:30pm after 7 hours and 40.7 miles.

5-10-17: Before we start each morning we recheck the weather to make sure nothing has changed from when we last checked. When we started planning this cruise home the forecast showed we had about a 7-day window, now this morning, that has changed and we have only two more days before the strong winds start blowing. Now we either spend two days getting home or we will need to stay a week either in Long Beach or Marina del Rey, we choose a two-day run to home.

We pulled out of Oceanside at 7:15am and headed for Long Beach 52 miles and 8 hours ahead of us. Eight miles north of Oceanside we see a Navy Warship operating off Camp Pendleton, so we go further off shore to give him lots of room. As we are about to pass by him at about a 2-mile distance he changes his course, so Bobbi calls him on our radio to find out where he is headed. They answer back saying they are turning in circles, they will avoid us and that we can go back on our course once they have completed their turn. Nice Navy ship! By 3:10pm we were tied up to the guest dock at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach.

5-11-17: Our last leg home will be our longest leg at 67 miles. We leave our slip at 5:30am with light winds for the entire day. As we go around Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbors we avoid one ship coming in and two more exiting at Angel’s Gate. We next went around Point Dune and Point Mugu. Since Long Beach we heard on the radio that the Navy was firing missiles off the Point Mugu Navy Base, so Bobbi called in to find out if our course was ok for them. With the Navy approval of our course and we passed by the base 3-miles offshore and made into our slip, on H-Dock at Channel Islands Harbor Marina at 4:40pm after a 11 hour sail. We actually had a welcoming committee from “H” dock come out to meet us just outside of the Port Hueneme Buoy. Mike Taylor, Eric Walker and Brad sailed out to us (on Maine Squeeze) to escort us back into Channel Island Marina. Once into the marina, Dave Burnett had the grill going and folks had dinner and drinks ready for us. It is good to be home!
Vessel Name: Sea Dancer
Vessel Make/Model: 1989 Ericson 38-200
Hailing Port: Channel Islands, California
Crew: Don & Bobbi Lehman
About: Don is a retired Gaffer for the Motion Picture Industry Bobbi is a retired Pre-K Teacher
Extra: We have spent the last 6 months cruising in the Sea of Cortez and will be sailing to mainland Mexico next season.
Sea Dancer's Photos - Main
May 9th, we left San Diego for our journey home with stops in Oceanside and Long Beach
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Our 11 hour sail from Ensenada to San Diego.
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Created 30 April 2017
While waiting for good weather we checked out Ensenada and went on a tour and tasting of three wineries in the Guadalupe Valley. Just 20 minutes out of Ensenada and is where over 80% of Mexico is produced.
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Created 27 April 2017
Leaving Turtle Bay on April 22th, spending oe night at San Quintin and then on to Ensenada.
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Created 25 April 2017
From Puerto Los Cabo to Bahia Santa Maria is 42 hour sail, the longest leg of the cruise home. Then we spent a night at Asuncion ad finally to Turtle Bay.
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Created 12 April 2017
We left Isla Isabel at noon for an overnight run to Mazatlan.
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Bobbi and I and our friends Jane and Jerry on Aeolian took a two hour panga tour of the jungle estuary.
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Created 28 March 2017
We are starting our sail north, to meet up with our crew in Mazatlan. In this Album we leave Paradise Village and head for Punta Mita, then Chacala and finally Matanchen and San Blas.
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Visiting all the communities around Banderas Bay.
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On March 1st we visited Vallarta Botanical Garden with some new friends that live in the condo's in front of our boat slip at Paradise Village. Get there was half the fun, it took 3 different buses and about 2 hours to get there.
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Created 1 March 2017
We have now taken the bus to downtown Puerto Vallarta. We walked along the malecon, walked through the shops and ate in the Romanic District and also along the twisty trails along the river.
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We motored 6 miles to Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta. This is a big resort with of amenities. We planned to stay a week, but now we are staying longer.
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La Cruz is a small town at the northern end of the bay and is about 30 or 40 minutes by bus to downtown Puerto Vallarta. It has lots of small patio restaurants and is the marina with a lot of cruising kids.
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We left Mazatlan for an overnight sail to Chacala for our first stop, then the next morning we sailed for La Cruz at the northern end of the bay.
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Spent 4 days in Mazatlan before moving south.
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Our 50 mile sail from La Paz to Muertos and then 190 mile sail from Muertos to Mazatlan.
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A one week cruise to the local islands of La Paz.
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After Spending the Christmas with our family we flew back down to La Paz and our boat. The day we got back to Marina Costa Baja they had a great concert. Also my net controler duties came up, so we pulled out of our slip and anchored in a small cove about 3 miles from the marina.
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Created 13 February 2017
The Friday after we got home was the Channel Islands Harbors' Dock Decorating Contest that H Dock always competes in and Friday is the judging. Then Saturday is the harbors' Christmas Lights Boat Parade, with the theme of "Hooray for Hollywood". This night is always crock-pot night and we had 8 crock-pots full of wonderful chillies and soups.
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Created 18 December 2016
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A one day stay at Isla Francisco, then a day sail to La Paz the next morning.
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We spent several days at this beautiful bay, including Thanksgiving.
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Agua Verde was our first stop after Puerto Escondido and we stayed for several days, then a short day sail to Bahia Tembabichi.
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On our way south we stopped in San Juanico and Puerto Escondido. First 7 photos are from San Juanico.
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Crossing the Sea of Cortez to the Baja coast.
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About October 12th we pull out of San Carlos and headed north towards the northern Sea of Cortez until our stern chainplate broke.
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Las week we sailed with Ed & Barb on their boat "Barbara Ann" with friends Jay and Terri to Scorpion Cove at Santa Cruz Island. The photos shows a little of our crossings, but mostly our time at the anchorage.
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Created 20 August 2016
I joined friends from H-Dock on their cruise to Catalina.
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Created 31 July 2016
Photos of our travels in and around Sedona.
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On our way to Sedona we checked on Sea Dancer
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It takes a week to get the boat ready for us to leave her for the summer and hurricane season. Almost everything is taken down topside and stored below. We double up all the dock lines and had chaff protection where needed.
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Exploring in and around San Carlos.
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After a rolly night we pulled up anchor at 1:30am from Punta Chivato and began our 73 mile voyage to San Carlos.
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We needed to provision, so 4 of us got a ride into Mulege and spent the day wandering around this beautiful town.
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Bahia Concepcion is a large bay that we spent 11 days in at four different anchorages.
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11 day cruise to Bahia Concepcion with stops in 5 anchorages.
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19 day cruise and visiting 6 anchorages along the way.
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Photos of our crossing the Sea of Cortez (formerly called The Gulf of California) from Mazatlan to La Paza.
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I love to people watch, so when we are up in the bleachers it gave me a great opportunity to people watch.
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Created 23 April 2016
Mazatlan's Carnival is the third largest in the world and last for about three weeks, but all the main events are in the last week. The photos are in three parts, first is music night with about 6 bands playing in the carnival area. Then there is the Burning of the Bad Humor which is followed by fireworks on two different nights, lasting about 45 minutes each. There are two parades and we went to the first one on Saturday. The best way to decribe the Mazatlan parade is to think of the Rose Parade on steroids. Each parades are in two parts, the first is the commercial parade that starts at 5:00pm and last one and half hours. All the sponsors parade there truck instead of floats. On top of the trucks are bands or hot young women and men throwing out free logo items to the people watching. For the entire 5 mile length of the parade. The main parade starts at 7:00pm and goes to 10:00 or 10:30pm.
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They jump off the cliff into the water below during the day when cruise ships are in and at night on Fridays and week ends.
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Some of the photos of our six weeks in Mazatlan.
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We left La Paz on December 21, 2015 to begin our passage to Mazatlan
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After waiting for about four days for the wind to die down below 20 knots we left Puerto Escondido and headed for La Paz. Along the way we stopped at two anchorages.
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Created 11 April 2016
Some photos of our drive home with one stop at El Rosario and spending the night at the Cactus Motel. This time we got into the correct line to cross the border, which only took three and half hours to do.
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Created 7 November 2015
We had heard from so many people how beautiful this mission was so we decided to visit it ourselves. It is about a 30 mile drive from Loreto on a road that was mostly paved, but parts of it were washed out from last winter's rains. We drove from the foothills into the mountains and its canyons, crossing a river at least 20 times. Where the road was washed out they had regarded it, but not paved it. When we reached the small village of San Javier and then the mission, it was truly beautiful. They started building it in 1699.
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Created 5 November 2015
Sea Dancer is already to start cruising and so we took her out for a one night shakedown cruise to Ballandra on Isla Carmen.
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Created 3 November 2015
On August 3rd I flew back down to Loreto and Puerto Escondido to check on Sea Dancer for a couple of days. All was good.
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Created 16 August 2015
An all club cruise over Memorial Day Weekend. AYC with 6 boats join two other local yacht clubs for a weekend of fun.
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Created 12 June 2015
Rags was with us in Baja for about a month.
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Created 13 May 2015
A gathering of cruisers at Puerto Escondido
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When we got back to Puerto Escondido on April 16, we headed out to Bahia Candeleros and Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante with Rags.
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the marina and slip that we will be keeping Sea Dancer in for the summer hurricane season.
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Sailing from the northeast side of Isla Carmen to the northwest side of the island.
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A large bay with several nice coves for anchoring.
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Our adventure continues.
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Our journey north, up the Sea of Cortez begins.
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A land cruise to Todos Santos, a small artistic village.
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Our time in La Paz
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Our last one day leg to La Paz and the Sea of Cortez
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One day voyage to Bahia de Los Moertos
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Our one day passage to Bahia Los Frailes.
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Our time in San Jose del Cabo.
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Our time in San Jose del Cabo
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Our overnight passage to San Jose del Cabo and Puerto Los Cabos
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Our three days at Bahia Santa Maria.
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Our overnight passage to Bahia Santa Maria.
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Our passage to Bahia Asuncion
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Three days in Turtle Bay
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Our overnight passage to Turtle Bay.
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Spent the day tasting some great Mexican Wine.
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Created 24 January 2015
Overnight sail to our first anchorage down the pacific coast of Baja
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Our sail from San Diego to Ensenada. We left at 0430 so we could get into Ensenada before dark.
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Our journey to San Diego
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A short sail to Oceanside Harbor
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Today we left Two Harbors and sailed to a guest dock at Dana West Yacht Club.
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Sept. 1st we started our firs leg to San Diego.
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