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Traveling the South Seas

19 November 2013 | 20 41'N:105 17'W, Paridise Village
18 November 2013 | 20 41'N:105 17'W, Paridise Village
17 November 2013 | 20 41'N:105 17'W, Paridise Village
16 November 2013 | 20 41'N:105 17'W, Paridise Village
15 November 2013 | 20 44'N:105 22'W, San Carlos
14 November 2013 | 21 09'N:105 13'W, Chacala
13 November 2013 | 21 09'N:105 13'W, Chacala
13 November 2013 | 21 19'N:105 37'W, 24 long miles from Chacala
12 November 2013 | 22 16'N:107 53'W, Nelda and Al go batty 150 miles offshore
12 November 2013 | 22 23'N:108 14'W, Sea of Cortez
10 November 2013 | 22 52'N:109 54'W, Cabo San Lucas
10 November 2013 | 22 52'N:109 54'W, Cabo San Lucas
08 November 2013 | 22 52'N:109 54'W, Cabo San Lucas
08 November 2013 | 22 52'N:109 54'W, Cabo San Lucas
06 November 2013 | 23 43'N:111 06'W, 30 miles of the Baja Coast
05 November 2013 | 24 77'N:112 25'W, Bahia Santa Maria
04 November 2013 | 24 77'N:112 25'W, Half way to Cabo
03 November 2013 | 25 12'N:114 59'W, Sixty miles off the Mexican coast.
03 November 2013 | 26 37'N:114 09'W, Beach party at Turtle Bay
01 November 2013 | 27 40'N:114 52'W, Beach party at Turtle Bay

Look Ma, no hands!

23 April 2012 | 4 59'N:124 32'W, 1,441 Miles Out 1264 Miles to Go
Larry
To day has been a day of furstration with the wind. There just hasn't been much. Two days ago we motored for almost 20 hours to get past calm seas and yesterday the wind was back enough to sail. Today we expected more and got less. The wind is blowing 7kts and we are moving forward 3kts. We only go 72 miles in a 24 hour period and that is just about 1/2 inch by Nelda's calculations. Not Good. Todays pic is of the helm of Diamond Girl and our wind vane named Valerie. Everyone thinks it is so romantic to be standing behind the wheel of a sail boat cruising the seven seas. It is romantic, for about ten minutes. Then you legs get tired, your back starts to hurt, you start getting bored, you go off course because you are not paying attention and a whole other host of things happen that a wind vane can prevent. Valerie is a HydroVane. She is a mecanical steering device vs. an auto pilot which is electronic. Diamond Girl has both and they both can steer her without our attention but the auto pilot uses electricity and if those little electrons get confused or refuse to work you have to steer, which as I just pointed out is not fun for longer than 10 minutes. Valerie on the other hand simply looks at which direction the wind is blowing using her long red vane and keeps the boat on that course. No electricity and no electrons to worry about. We did ahve a boat in front of us a couple hundred miles that lost there auto pilot a few days back, the electrons went on strike, and they had 1,600 mies to go with some one hand steering the rest of the way. So lets see that's 10 minutes of pure fun steering and about 31,990 minutes of all of the above hand steering. So when you see pictures like the one above it means Nelda and I are off doing other fun stuff like exploring, sightseeing,running, jumping and my personal favorite, napping.
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Vessel Name: Diamond Girl
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 393
Hailing Port: Bellingham WA
Crew: Larry, Nelda and Al
Home Page: http://www.sailbogs.com/member/diamondgirl/

Mexico here we come

Who: Larry, Nelda and Al
Port: Bellingham WA