30 November 2007 | 128 Miles South of Mazatlan, 28 Miles Offshore
After living and riding the swell of the ocean for the past four months, I've learned a few things about the way things work and the interesting journey of life, although I continue to baffle with this idea, and constantly ask myself "why" or wonder "when". The three "W's", as I call them (wind, weather, and waves), are just a few of Mother Nature's tricks, all of which have a direct influence on me, the boat, and our livelihood. Most importantly, I've learned that plans, circumstances, and expectations can ALWAYS change, especially out here on the ocean, where the three W's carry a big stick. It is said that a sailor cannot control the wind, but simply adjust the sails, which is sometimes easier said than done. It is something to shoot for though, especially recently.
Our plan was to hang out in Puerto Vallarta for a few days and cross the Sea of Cortez this weekend, which gave us enough time to settle into the southern tip of Baja, where my Dad will meet us for a weekend of fun aboard Cisnecito. The weather in the southern Sea of Cortez has been light and variable for weeks, with calm winds, comfortable seas, and pleasant cruising. Much to my disappointment, that is no longer the case as a powerful low pressure system is working its way across the southern tip of Baja, moving northeast through the Sea of Cortez, and towards Arizona. Winds upwards of 40+ knots and heavy seas are predicted in the entire Sea of Cortez, becoming lighter towards early next week. This particular weather system is atypical for this time of year and a bit of a surprise to everyone in the area, so Mother Nature has me scratching my head once again. So, our plans to hang out in Puerto Vallarta for the weekend and leisurely sail towards Cabo San Lucas are literally gone with the wind. We are now racing north to Mazatlan, where we will hopefully duck under the weather, and scoot across the Sea of Cortez as soon as the weather system moves northeast, ultimately meeting my Dad. To make matters even more troubling, we received some difficult news this morning regarding Julie's father. Unfortunately he was struck with sudden and unexpected health problems and is undergoing medical treatment. He is doing well at the present moment, although it was quite a scare this morning when we received the news. Obviously Julie immediately packed a bag and headed for the Puerto Vallarta airport, so it is back to Chris and me to continue moving the boat. We are all thinking and praying for Lampe family and wish them well. Julie is already greatly missed yet hasn't been gone for more than 12 hours. This morning before we heard the news she happily baked us fresh banana bread which plastered a grin to my face. Once again I will miss my boat mom and will do everything in my power to keep the floors as squeaky clean as she did, but I foresee an utterly dreadful chance of success in that matter.
So, changes are amongst us. I guess the title to my blog and usage of the word "change" has been more appropriate than I would have ever known.