Sundance - SF to Cabo & La Paz

The seventeenth annual Baja HaHa race from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas and on to La Paz. Departing San Francisco 10/18/2010, returning 1/20/2011.

Vessel Name: Sundance
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau M38
Hailing Port: San Francisco
Crew: Capts. Richard Donker and David Rempel
06 January 2011 | San Jose del Cabo to San Diego
04 January 2011 | San Jose del Cabo to San Diego
03 January 2011
02 January 2011
23 December 2010 | At anchor north of La Paz
26 November 2010 | Punta Evaristo
26 November 2010 | Agua Verde
19 November 2010
18 November 2010
17 November 2010
14 November 2010 | La Paz, MX
12 November 2010 | La Paz Marina
11 November 2010 | La Paz Malecon
10 November 2010 | La Paz Marina
09 November 2010 | Bahia de los Muertos
09 November 2010 | Off Punta Colorada
09 November 2010 | Pulmo Reef
08 November 2010 | Off Punta Colorada
08 November 2010 | Bahia Frailes
08 November 2010
Recent Blog Posts
06 January 2011 | San Jose del Cabo to San Diego

"The Bash"

The crew for the Sundance Baha Bash was David Rempel, Bob Woolf, Rich Seifert, Loree and Evan Koch. Left San Jose del Cabo December 31 at 5pm and arrived in San Diego 6 days later, Jan 6th at 5pm. Some bashfullness with 20-25 knt winds on the nose in first few days accompanied by seasickness, but overall, great weather. Ran out of fuel 3 knots from the entrance to Turtle Bay at 8pm, so tacked into the bay into a 1-3 knt headwind, arriving at 11pm and dropping anchor. New moon so stars were out in force. Jupiter and it's moons were visible at dusk to the west and Venus to the east in the morning. The last 2 days, the seas were flat with gentle rollers. We motored about 90% of the way. Visited by 2 schools of hundreds of dolphins who rode the bow wave. A grey or blue swam right under the boat then with us for a few seconds. Sailed toward whale tail sign for 5 minutes - tail sticking straight up and slapping on the water. When we got close, it dove. Loree and Evan swam after the boat with a tow. Great company and good food.

04 January 2011 | San Jose del Cabo to San Diego

Whale Tail

On the bash up we saw a tail sticking up out of the water

03 January 2011

Log2

Just pulling into Turtle Bay at midnight. Will anchor and fuel up in am. Saw a whale holding it's tail in the air for 10 minutes as we approached. Occasionally, whacking the tail on the water. Got a picture. Also sailed through a fleet of about 1000 dolphins, many of whom played on our bow wave. [...]

02 January 2011

log from Baja day 2.5

Day 2.5: The motor has been humming for all but 2 hours since we started. That is a good thing. The winds the last few days have been light and the sea generally flat. The forecast for the next 2 days is the same. So we are lucky, and hope that our luck lasts until this Thursday or Friday when we expect [...]

23 December 2010 | At anchor north of La Paz

San Jose del Cabo northbound

Thanks to advice from Alan and Kate and weather faxes we did an overnight sail Tuesday from San Jose del Cabo to the bay between Isla del Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida. We were trying to beat a nasty Northerner wind expected to arrive Thursday (today). On the way up we had no wind untl 4am (of course) [...]

26 November 2010 | Punta Evaristo

Thanksgiving 2

Still Thanksgiving, but several hours later. We had a 44NM run today with spinnakers ablaze until the 'Northerner' got to be too much to handle. We're now on the hook inside Punta Evaristo (24 54.818N 110 42.133W). Saw some great aerial displays from dolphins on the way down. Boat is going great; [...]

"The Bash"

06 January 2011 | San Jose del Cabo to San Diego
David
The crew for the Sundance Baha Bash was David Rempel, Bob Woolf, Rich Seifert, Loree and Evan Koch. Left San Jose del Cabo December 31 at 5pm and arrived in San Diego 6 days later, Jan 6th at 5pm. Some bashfullness with 20-25 knt winds on the nose in first few days accompanied by seasickness, but overall, great weather. Ran out of fuel 3 knots from the entrance to Turtle Bay at 8pm, so tacked into the bay into a 1-3 knt headwind, arriving at 11pm and dropping anchor. New moon so stars were out in force. Jupiter and it's moons were visible at dusk to the west and Venus to the east in the morning. The last 2 days, the seas were flat with gentle rollers. We motored about 90% of the way. Visited by 2 schools of hundreds of dolphins who rode the bow wave. A grey or blue swam right under the boat then with us for a few seconds. Sailed toward whale tail sign for 5 minutes - tail sticking straight up and slapping on the water. When we got close, it dove. Loree and Evan swam after the boat with a tow. Great company and good food.

Whale Tail

04 January 2011 | San Jose del Cabo to San Diego
David
On the bash up we saw a tail sticking up out of the water
ahead of us. It would occasionally slap down on the water. Was up for
about 5 minutes and as we got close, very close, down it went.

Log2

03 January 2011
David
Just pulling into Turtle Bay at midnight. Will anchor and fuel up in am. Saw a whale holding it's tail in the air for 10 minutes as we approached. Occasionally, whacking the tail on the water. Got a picture. Also sailed through a fleet of about 1000 dolphins, many of whom played on our bow wave. Anticipate getting into SD Thursday late.
David

log from Baja day 2.5

02 January 2011
David
Day 2.5: The motor has been humming for all but 2 hours since we started. That is a good thing. The winds the last few days have been light and the sea generally flat. The forecast for the next 2 days is the same. So we are lucky, and hope that our luck lasts until this Thursday or Friday when we expect to dock in San Diego.

We are cutting across the large bay just north of Magdalena Bay heading for Turtle Bay, which is 186 nM away. There we will fill the fuel containers lining the side of the boat and the boat fuel tank. Likely our only stop on the way north. Just going over 'Uncle Sam Bank' now.

A few minutes ago, a large blue whale surfaced about a boat length away from us heading our way - then gone. We have whales or dolphins near us every day.

The green lure is being pulled through the water about 50 feet behind us trying to attract some fat yellow fin tuna.

Night watches are smooth with one person for 2 hours. Usually, 2 people stay up just to keep each other company. Crew, Evan, Loree, Richard, and Bob are getting along well. And better now that we have taken baths off the back of the boat.

Asta la vista,

David

San Jose del Cabo northbound

23 December 2010 | At anchor north of La Paz
David
Thanks to advice from Alan and Kate and weather faxes we did an overnight sail Tuesday from San Jose del Cabo to the bay between Isla del Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida. We were trying to beat a nasty Northerner wind expected to arrive Thursday (today). On the way up we had no wind untl 4am (of course) when we were hit by Coromuel winds of 20-25 kts. Sailed by hump back whale pods and a town of flying/flopping rays. They leap out about 3' in the air and do a belly flop. 7 boats in the anchorage when we arrived. Two small fishing shacks on the beach - the fishermen are out this morning pulling in nets and a few fish. This is all desert land - no rain in 1 year: cactus and small spiny shrubs. There were hundreds of 1" long unusual crabs on the beach - they all had only one a right sided pincher. More evidence of the dominance of the right handed world. Last night pelicans were competing around our boat to do low level flops: flying along just a few feet above the water they would suddenly dive straight into the water - presumably to snatch up a fish. The boat, kayak, and dingy are working well. If the winds pick up today, as expected, we may be here through Christmas. The powerboat next door has a lit up Xmas tree, so we are not missing any of the holiday decorations.
Jenna, Paul, Gail, and David

Thanksgiving 2

26 November 2010 | Punta Evaristo
Kate and Alan
Still Thanksgiving, but several hours later. We had a 44NM run today with spinnakers ablaze until the 'Northerner' got to be too much to handle. We're now on the hook inside Punta Evaristo (24 54.818N 110 42.133W). Saw some great aerial displays from dolphins on the way down. Boat is going great; all systems green. Not sure where we'll get to tomorrow, but we should be back in La Paz in a couple of days. Got to get the potatoes on for the Thanksgiving dinner we have planned for tonight.

Picture of Ohana to port.
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