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Marina San CarlosSteve
06/30/2011, San Carlos, Sonora Mexico
I made the whooping 6NM mile journey from Bahia Algodones to Marina San Carlos this morning. It's always interesting coming into a harbor that you've never been in before, it use to cause me great anxiety. I no longer feel anxious or nervous while doing most things on my boat...including coming into an unfamiliar port and into an unfamiliar slip...even when single handing. My confidence level has risen so much over the past year in so many ways. Now, please don't confuse my confident attitude with a cocky attitude...it's not. I don't think anyone should ever feel cocky about docking a 41 foot sailboat, even with a full crew aboard. As is typical here in Mexico, there were plenty of people ready to help me in, and one of them, who I later found out is a ASA certified sailing instructor said "you brought that boat in real well". Confidence level went up another notch.
On the hard...or not, that is the question.Steve
06/29/2011, at a desk
One of the reasons I didn't stay in Bahia San Pedro longer was that I need to complete 45 hours of continuing education every 4 years in order to maintain my California Real Estate licensee. I am able to complete the courses on line, however it does require a reliable internet connection. Marina Real has what I've found to be the most reliable internet connections since leaving San Diego...so it was a great chance to at least get started on my testing. I've finished one of three final exams and am waiting until 3:52 local time to take exam number 2.
What happened to SteveSteve
06/28/2011, Mainland Mexico, Sea of Cortez
I'm pretty sure all of my blog followers are wonderings...what happened to Steve and his always exciting blog? Although while anchored in Bahia Algodones, I have great cell service, I have no internet service. I am currently sitting in the Marina Real's air conditioned office posting this blog. Soon after arriving in Bahia Algodones I discovered that for $12.00 I could come over here put my dinghy in a slip and use their showers, their internet and as a fringe benefit I can toss out my trash in their dumpster. Now that might not sound like a good deal to you...but being a thrifty (cheap) cruiser, I also figured out that if I come in the late morning I can get the rest of that day and all of the following day. Now add up your internet bill, your air conditioning bill, your water bill and your trash bill and $6.00 a day starts to sound pretty good, (and I only have to pay it when I want to). Bahia Algodones is a beautiful large bay (pic) that is lined with million dollar homes, it is also home to two large resorts and Marina Real. during the weekends it is full of kids on waverunners, wakeboard boats, kayaks and small sailboats. Sunday morning I woke up and decided to move up the coast 10 miles to another bay called Bahia San Pedro. Bahia San Pedro is a picture perfect cove of which I was the only boat anchored in...certainly a lot quieter that Algodones. I spent Sunday swimming, snorkleing and rowing around this wonderful spot...wishing Shaybo was there to enjoy it with me. Monday morning the wind came up with a fury...I was anchored close to a beautiful shear rock cliff which protected me from the swells...but with 25+ knot gusts blowing across the bay, I had no choice but to stay on Si Bon. You definitely don't want to go for a hike or swim and watch your boat be blown out to sea, or onto the rocks while you're stranded in an isolated, remote bay. Finally around 1430 in afternoon the wind subsided enough for me to weigh the anchor and head back to Algodones. As I was preparing to leave, a couple of guys in a panga approached Si Bon and sold me two lobster tails for 40 pasos ($3.50) and then invited me to the beach to have dinner with them. I politely refused...hopefully next time I'll be able to join them.
Tetas de CabraSteve
06/24/2011, Bahia Algodones
Even with all of the gadgets aboard a modern cruising yacht, it is still nice to have a visual reference when coming into an unfamilar anchorage or port. As I was nearing the coast of Mainland Mexico on Tuesday, I noticed on my chart that there was a huge mountain located behind the exact spot that I wanted to drop my hook. The day was hazy and visibliity was probably less than 15 NM. Now I really do try to keep this family oriented blog clean, but every once in awhile I just can´t contain myself. Both my family and Sharon´s family follow my blog and I´m sure before long my blog will be required reading in most class rooms and I even heard that I may now have a Catholic Priest that checks in every once in awhile....never the less here goes. The name of the mountain is Tetas de Cabra, which translates to Goat teat peak. Now being a city boy, I have no idea what the teat of a goat looks like, and honestly I have no intention of finding out. If I were to guess, I would think that this is probably an accurate discription. I do know that as I was approaching Bahia Algodones, on a hazy day, that rising above the haze, sticking out like a....well like a sore teat..was Tetas de Cabra.
06/23/2011, Sonora, Mexico
I left Santa Rosalia as planned on Tuesday morning at 0600. As I cleared the marina breakwater and turned toward the mainland of Mexico I was treated to a large fog bank hanging just off the coast. Fog is the one weather issue that concerns me the most. I had had a bad experience in fog some 30 years ago when sailing my first boat to Ensenada. That boat was poorly equipped and I basically spent 3 days bobbing around in the fog off of the Mexican coast. Although the memory remains with me, Si Bon is a VERY well equipped yacht and by keeping a close eye on the radar we plowed through the pea soup thick fog, avoiding the Santa Rosalia ferry, several shrimp boats and of course the ever present pangas.
06/20/2011, cyber space
As you probably know sailblogs experienced a crash last week. Although you were unable to get into my blog for only a couple of days....I was unable to post blogs until now.
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