Fighting the mighty first fish11/17/2009
How many sailors does it take to land a yellowfin?
Marina Puerto Los Cabos11/17/2009
Big day for Liberte today - many boat projects accomplished. We're at Marina Puerto Los Cabos, www.marinapuertoloscabos.com. Extremely helpful staff and management, and a welcome stop along our route. Today Liberte got a proper cleanup inside and out, including a good freshwater boat bath - the Mistress likes that. Thanks to Scott for the spit and shine! The marina has mostly fishing boats, but we've made friends with a couple fellow cruisers, including our next door neighbor, Eric on his Cal 33 'Secret Agent Man.' He's a young guy who is singlehanding down from Seattle, bound for Australia. Great boat name! He came over for dinner and played his carbon fiber guitar. He told us some good stories of his trip down, including catching a small white shark on his fishing tackle, then wondering how the heck to get his favorite lure back. (Eventually the shark shook loose). Other cruisers we met today are Wytie and Sally on 'Reality Check,' an Island Packet 42.
Passage south complete11/15/2009
A quick note to let you know we've arrived in Los Cabos, after a fantastic passage down the wild West side of the Baja. Great weather and good times, including some great downwind sailing for a few of the days. A lot of firsts along the way, including first warm water fish landed on Liberte, a yellowtail tuna. Thanks to Bill and Marie for the fishing gear. Good eating with ceviche and fish tacos. Me gusta! Now we slow it down and go into cruising mode, to see what island anchorages lie in store in the Sea of Cortez. More to follow...
Liberte has gained a few degrees south, and a lot of degrees in heat. Bueno! Off come the foulies from two overnight watches, and on go the shorts and flip flops. We´ve just arrived in Turtle Bay, having logged nearly 300 miles from Ensenada in the past 43 hours. Sammy the sailing dog´s first big passage and she did great. Weather is absolutely spot on, and sea life is all around us. We took on fuel today transferred from panga, and ate a Rebecca made breakfast with real corn tortillas in the cockpit enjoying the sunshine. In this little fishing village, we feel we´ve truly arrived in Mexico. Sweet.
Our crew from Ensenada to La Paz: Rebecca, Samantha the "perrita" sailing dog, Scout, Ginjer with a J, and El Capitan with Bluewater Barbie.
Please note the new 'Liberteeny' dinghy on the foredeck, very smart, as well as the 'Scottimini' bimini and of course, the mighty Solar Stik. And a fine, fine crew.