Change in Latitude, Change in Attitude

30 January 2008 | Moraga, Ca.
23 January 2008 | San Diego, Ca.
20 January 2008 | Pacific Beach, San Diego
18 January 2008 | San Diego, California
17 January 2008 | 7 Miles South of the San Diego/Tijuana Border
15 January 2008 | Ensenada, Mexico
15 January 2008 | 100 MIles South of Ensenada
13 January 2008 | Isla Benitos
09 January 2008 | Bahia Santa Maria
08 January 2008 | 100 Miles South of Magdalena Bay
07 January 2008 | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
06 January 2008 | Rounding Cabo Pulmo
05 January 2008 | La Paz, Mexico
25 December 2007 | Moraga, Ca.
15 December 2007 | Ensenada de Los Muertos, Mexico
10 December 2007 | Los Frailes, Mexico
05 December 2007 | Smack Dab' In The Middle
02 December 2007 | Mazatlan, Mexico
30 November 2007 | 128 Miles South of Mazatlan, 28 Miles Offshore
27 November 2007 | 15 miles Northwest of Manzanillo, Mexico

Pushing On

09 January 2008 | Bahia Santa Maria
Due to the fact that we are making fairly good time and the weather has calmed down a bit, we will continue pressing on to the north. Last night was a bit of a rough ride, although we did just fine. Cisnecito got banged around a bit, but she kept moving on without the slightest complaint or creak. The more time I spend on this boat (especially in rough conditions), the more respect and admiration I have for it. I think about all of the other sailboats in the world and what it would be like to do this same passage in something other than a Swan. Quite frankly, I wouldn't want to do it on anything else. Cisnecito sails incredibly well upwind, handles large waves and swells with ease, and looks sexy while doing it. What else could I ask for?? Well, a big, fat, and juicy "Double Double" cheeseburger from In n' Out wouldn't be all that bad, but that will have to wait for a few days.

San Diego doesn't seem too terribly far away at this point, which is pretty amazing. Even more exciting is the fact that we will reach our half way point sometime tomorrow evening. This is a big milestone (at least in my eyes), as the second half of the passage should be easier, in terms of sea-state and wind. So, we will keep plugging along and take things day by day. I know that is a horrible cliche, but it is quite true. In fact, sometimes I over-simplify things and divide up my days into different portions, and focus on each one. I find that it helps me stay focused and calm during uncomfortable situations, and ultimately keeps me happy and in good spirits which is incredibly important when living on a 46 foot floating piece of fiberglass. Keeping watch is my most intense time as I want to finish my trip on a positive note and perform well. We've sailed over 3000 miles thus far, and I've been fortunate enough to avoid any serious mishaps. Obviously I'd like to keep it that way, so I take my time at the helm very seriously. Additionally, a major screw-up could potentially present the ultimate "worst case scenario", which I don't plan on being part of for at least another 65 years or so.

Tomorrow is just another day, although another day closer to the end of my journey. It is becoming quite difficult to put the entire trip in perspective, although I am starting to put a few interesting thoughts together which I hope to share someday. But for now, I will simply focus on doing the dinner dishes without dropping a knife and putting a dent in the gorgeous teak floor.
Vessel Name: Cisnecito
Vessel Make/Model: 46 ft Nautor Swan
Crew: Andrew Roberts
After working in the insurance industry for 4 years, I jumped at the opportunity to join Cisnecito, a 46 foot Nautor Swan. She currently lays in Colon, Panama preparing for her last extended cruise back to Newport, Ca. [...]

Checked Out and Headed to Central America

Who: Andrew Roberts