A Cross Ocean Experience

Seven thousand miles of outstanding cruising since November 2008 means it's time to do a little renovation and more planning for the future. Find out what ...

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Three Kings Day Aboard

14 December 2008 | Bahia Santa Maria
Virginia Cross
Three Kings Day Aboard.

December 6th is "Three Kings Day" in Spain. The children get chocolate coins in their socks if they leave them out for the three kings to find. Yesterday was that day and as we were on a 48 hour passage between Bahia Asuncion and Bahia Santa Maria (200 miles) we decided to make wishes to the Three Kings who made their own long journey following a star. We have also been star watching on our journey. The whole of last week we have been escorted by an unusual celestial threesome; the new moon, Venus and Jupiter have been appearing in a grand dance together in the western sky. They will not be that close again until the year 2045. They lit our way for some amazing night sails averaging 4 knots .There have also been some very active meteor showers (I think this is the Persid meteor time of year) in the wee hours of the morning after the moon has disappeared. Those long shooters right across the big night sky amazed and delighted on our watches before dawn. As we arrived in Bahia Santa Maria this morning, three sailboats were just leaving, bringing me back to the theme of the three kings. The Christmas carol that goes "I saw three ships come sailing in (out), on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day..." popped into my mind. There is some random synchronicity, with a seasonal twist for you.
Anyway, back to our wishes for Three Kings Day. Richard asked for a whole night of sailing with Big Panties flying (that came partially true). I asked that our renter would deposit her rent on time this month, but I will have to wait with baited breath until our next rendezvous with the internet to find out what happens.
We have gone a little more than 600 miles since our departure from San Diego and already feel the effects of being so far south; balmy soft air, even at night. Our tiller pilot, an Autohelm 1000, has earned itself a new name - "Otto the Magnificent", because he has outdone himself through all our watches and sail changes. I sat down unceremoniously on him once but he didn't quit and one night he showed a dogged resilience, keeping us on course despite having a screw loose; something not many of us can claim.
We are settling into our new life as sea gypsies with remarkable ease. The other morning Richard caught a 5 lb Mahi Mahi or Dorado and within half an hour we had him filleted, barbequed and eaten; very primal. About ten minutes later we saw another whale, this time banging its tail hard on the water like a fly swat about a quarter of a mile away. And some people asked us if we would get bored? Our days are full of exploration, navigation, logging, blogging and self sufficiency. We pump water manually, maintain our kerosene lamps and engine, catch and cook our food, tune into the short wave for news and weather and meet others doing just the same who share their experiences with us and keep us from feeling that we are the only ones making stupid mistakes. So far it's all very cool and worth all the hard work we did. What am I missing most - contact with Daisy, Rupert and Archie. I miss their voices, albeit on the telephone and all their enthusiastic conversation and plans. Once we get to main land Mexico we will be getting a phone card for our unlocked phone and I am longing to hear them again.
We are tentatively hoping to be in a little place called Chacala (20 miles south of San Blas) for about three weeks around Christmas. Felice Navidad a todos!

Vessel Name: Mandy
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol Channel Cutter 28 - http://www.capegeorgecutters.com/BCC28/index.html
Hailing Port: San Diego, CA USA
Crew: Richard & Virginia Cross
Having spent 30 years in the racehorse business we felt it was time for a different kind of adventure. Both originally from England we have sailed for fun for over 30 years. We have owned MANDY for five of those and are planning to head south for Mexico etc. in November 2008 - ready or not. [...]
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There Goes Mandy!

Who: Richard & Virginia Cross
Port: San Diego, CA USA