Dave and Stella go pelagic

Vessel Name: Morning Star
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 455
Hailing Port: San Francisco
Crew: David and (Margaret) Stella Gubbins
About: We live in Ilkley (West Yorkshire) and have cruised since 1986. We have 3 sailing children who can sometimes join us.
Extra: Dave retired in 2009. We bought Morning Star in San Francisco and sailed to Mexico, where she's been ever since. Each year we put her in the water in Nov/Dec and sail the Pacific coast until May/Jun.
15 April 2013 | Fonatur Marina, Mazatlan
10 April 2013 | Marina El Cid
06 April 2013 | Punta de Mita/Chacala
02 April 2013 | La Cruz
02 April 2013 | La Cruz
27 March 2013 | Botanical Gardens
20 March 2013 | Marina Riviera Narayit, dock 10-B9
15 March 2013 | Rounding Cabo Corrientes
14 March 2013 | Paraiso
13 March 2013 | Careyes
08 March 2013 | Good dog beach
06 March 2013 | La Manzanilla
06 March 2013 | La Manzanilla
05 March 2013 | Tenacatita main anchorage
04 March 2013 | Cuastecomate
03 March 2013 | Marina puerto de Navidad
02 March 2013 | Marina puerto de Navidad
26 February 2013 | Marina puerto de Navidad
26 February 2013 | Playa Boquita, Santiago
25 February 2013 | Playa Boquita, Santiago
Recent Blog Posts
15 April 2013 | Fonatur Marina, Mazatlan

Haul out

Backing into the dock for the travel-lift went as well as expected, helped by the lack of wind in the early morning. Miriam and the Fonatur staff were as competent as always, and Morning Star is now tucked up under the palm trees waiting for the attention of Bob and the rest of Total Yacht Works team. [...]

10 April 2013 | Marina El Cid

Back in Mazatlan

A lumpy overnight passage where we missed a completely unlit panga by less than a boat length, they flashed a light at the last possible minute. We anchored for a last night off Bird Island and went into the marina the next day. A busy few days are ahead washing sails and getting ready to come out of the water.

06 April 2013 | Punta de Mita/Chacala

Three nights en route

We finally left the dock and anchored out in about 20 knots afternoon sea breeze. We waited for the wind to drop a little and had a good beat up to Punta de Mita, anchoring just before dark in this large but busy anchorage. On early next day for Chacala, anchored in a big but not uncomfortable swell. A last meal ashore in a palapa restaurant and we enjoyed a long walk around this delightful village.

02 April 2013 | La Cruz

Beach invasion

...we had a great time rock pooling and enjoying the beach for an hour, then the crowds arrived!

02 April 2013 | La Cruz

Secluded beach

It's hot for the time of year and a bit too hot for us. It's also producing the good sailing winds during the day that Banderas Bay is famous for.

27 March 2013 | Botanical Gardens

A trip inland

A long bus ride to PV (it broke down so we took the next one) and an even longer taxi ride got us to the Botanical Gardens, a lovely setting in the hills behind Mismaloya. There are lots of jungle hill walks here, some tended gardens, and a clear stream at the bottom of the valley for swimming (photo). We passed a very pleasant afternoon, ending up with Jamaica tea and tortilla soup in the cafe, which has a spectacular view down the valley.

Haul out

15 April 2013 | Fonatur Marina, Mazatlan
Dave and Stella
Backing into the dock for the travel-lift went as well as expected, helped by the lack of wind in the early morning. Miriam and the Fonatur staff were as competent as always, and Morning Star is now tucked up under the palm trees waiting for the attention of Bob and the rest of Total Yacht Works team. We spent a comfortable week in the Mar Sol Bungalows working by day on "summarising" Morning Star.

A great season's sailing.

Back in Mazatlan

10 April 2013 | Marina El Cid
Dave and Stella
A lumpy overnight passage where we missed a completely unlit panga by less than a boat length, they flashed a light at the last possible minute. We anchored for a last night off Bird Island and went into the marina the next day. A busy few days are ahead washing sails and getting ready to come out of the water.

Three nights en route

06 April 2013 | Punta de Mita/Chacala
Dave and Stella
We finally left the dock and anchored out in about 20 knots afternoon sea breeze. We waited for the wind to drop a little and had a good beat up to Punta de Mita, anchoring just before dark in this large but busy anchorage. On early next day for Chacala, anchored in a big but not uncomfortable swell. A last meal ashore in a palapa restaurant and we enjoyed a long walk around this delightful village.

Beach invasion

02 April 2013 | La Cruz
Dave and Stella
...we had a great time rock pooling and enjoying the beach for an hour, then the crowds arrived!

Secluded beach

02 April 2013 | La Cruz
Dave and Stella
It's hot for the time of year and a bit too hot for us. It's also producing the good sailing winds during the day that Banderas Bay is famous for.
We took the dinghy out in search of a nice beach where we could cool off, and found it just up the coast (photo)...

A trip inland

27 March 2013 | Botanical Gardens
Dave and Stella
A long bus ride to PV (it broke down so we took the next one) and an even longer taxi ride got us to the Botanical Gardens, a lovely setting in the hills behind Mismaloya. There are lots of jungle hill walks here, some tended gardens, and a clear stream at the bottom of the valley for swimming (photo). We passed a very pleasant afternoon, ending up with Jamaica tea and tortilla soup in the cafe, which has a spectacular view down the valley.
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