Blessed Lady

This is the cruising blog of the sailing yacht Mabrouka. The Favorites in the side bar allow those with discriminating taste to filter for just the stuff you want to read. Thanks for visiting, Roy.

13 September 2015
21 August 2015
21 August 2015
20 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
15 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
15 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
15 June 2015 | Mazatlan Marina, Mazatlan Mexico
13 April 2015 | Off Club Nautico, Mazatlan Commercial Harbor, Mazatlan, MX
15 February 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
13 February 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
25 January 2015
06 January 2015 | Mazatlan, MX
24 December 2014 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
24 December 2014 | Mazatlan, MX
22 December 2014
21 December 2014
18 December 2014 | Playa Isla de la Piedra, Mazatlan, MX
18 December 2014 | Mazatlan, MX
15 December 2014 | Ensenada des los Muertos, Mexico

Hasta la vista, La Paz

15 December 2014 | Ensenada des los Muertos, Mexico
Roy / Sunny and not too warm
Yes, it's finally come time to say goodbye to La Paz. After a couple of days luxuriating in Marina La Paz's facilities, we'd spent enough time washing and polishing Mabrouka, filled up her water tanks, and stocked her larders. We'd even delayed another couple of days in order to join Jared, Amanda, and Kevin for the Seahawks victory on Sunday afternoon. That gave Mitch and I some time to go walk-about and get away from the touristy malecon.

A succulent offering at the open air market

Our plan was to join Friday in departing La Paz on monday morning for Los Muertos, then jumping off for Mazatlan from there the next day. Anticipating a good eleven hour transit, we upped our anchors around 6:30 to make the long motor northward out the channel. Leaving the last buoy behind, we had enough wind from the right direction to motor sail most of the way up to Canal de San Lorenzo, then set our genny for good as we made the turn eastward. As we followed the coast past Punta Bulle and then turned south down Canal de Cerralvo, we set the gennaker for a nice long run toward Punta Arena. With a hot sun and a cool breeze, the afternoon hosted a perfect sail.

We made Ensenada de los Muertos early enough in the evening to enjoy some relaxation on the bay. Eventually we launched the dinghy and picked up Jared and Amanda for a ride ashore for drinks and dinner at the little cantina.

I'd tied my usually dependable bowline knot to the dinghy's bow line and dropped an anchor up the beach when we landed, but my heart sank when we came back after dinner and the dinghy wasn't where we'd left it. Even though we walked hopefully up the beach, it did not appear no matter how far we went into the darkness. After a minute or two we turned back to where the dinghy should have been and found only the anchor line with no knot and no dinghy at the end. Peering out into the bay, we could just see the haunting glow of its reflective tape teasing us from some hundred yards off shore.

Here's where I really appreciated the vigor of youth. Although I had to endure some chiding for my sloppy seamanship, it was only a little and Mitch quickly offered to swim out and recover the boat. I equipped him with my head lamp, not only so that he could see, but so we could track his progress and assure ourselves that he hadn't disappeared into the foam and splash of a great white snack attack. Thanks, Mitch. You risked your life for us.
Vessel Name: Mabrouka
Vessel Make/Model: CT-41
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Crew: Roy Neyman
Mabrouka and I have been partners in crime since October 1998, hanging about in West Coast waters, first in San Diego, then in Seattle. All of that time we've lived together aboard. [...]
I've called this blog "Blessed Lady" because that's my preferred translation from Arabic for "Mabrouka". She's a 1980 CT-41, one of several clones of the original Bill Garden design Mariner ketches. At 50 feet from the tip of her mizzen boom to the tip of her bow sprit, she's 16 tons of [...]
Mabrouka's Photos - Main
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On the streets of Freemont
Street art edited.
Elvis the stuffed cat is a memento of my daughters at the age of about 5.  The peace sign was a gift from good friend, Karyn Borcich.  Thanks to both!
This is Swan as I knew him, though in a more rugged environment than we ever shared.  We usually met at the coffee shop or at Voula
This is of Swan as I would also like to have known him, ...cigarettes, cameras and wine.
This is Steve hosting our Elliott Bay Design Group company picnic at his vacation home in Darington.
I never went fishing with Steve, although he let me try out his fly casting rig in the river by his house during one of the company picnics he hosted.  I
The winter slip on Lake Union
Temporary raft up with Molly Bella near my old slip at Stimson Marina
This album shares photos from mainland and Baja Mexico.
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 1 March 2015
The beginning of the South Pacific cruise, heading to San Diego and Mexico
1 Photo | 6 Sub-Albums
Created 15 August 2014
Killing time with local sailing and projects before heading south with the Coho Ho Ho cruiser's rally
56 Photos
Created 29 June 2014
Kathy and Karyn (with a "Y") used me as an excuse for a party. I was just fine with that!
25 Photos
Created 31 May 2014
On Lake Union where Mabrouka and I spent the winter
20 Photos
Created 31 May 2014
Shakedown cruise to Port Townsend
7 Photos
Created 25 May 2014
Gunkholing in the Seattle area, with me and Mabrouka getting our sea legs back under us.
50 Photos | 28 Sub-Albums
Created 14 April 2013
Custom made sailing skiff hand-built by NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA
18 Photos
Created 21 March 2013
Pre-retirement cruising pics
27 Photos
Created 21 March 2013
Photos accompanying Projects blogs.
43 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 12 March 2013