Victoria (formerly s/vMissTeak)

02 April 2020 | Loreto Area
01 April 2020
28 March 2020 | Isla Carmen, Ballandra
25 March 2020 | Loreto area
22 March 2020 | Isla Partida, Ensenada Grande Anchorage
18 March 2020 | Marina La Paz
14 March 2020 | Marina La Paz
14 March 2020 | Malecón de La Paz
14 March 2020 | La Paz
14 March 2020 | Marina La Paz
07 March 2020 | Zona de Barberia
06 March 2020 | Running down I. Partida
06 March 2020 | Isla Partida
06 March 2020 | Isla San Francisco
02 March 2020 | East Cape
22 February 2020 | Nearing Todo Santos
22 February 2020 | 100 miles north of Cabo Falso
21 February 2020 | Entrada de Mag Bay
18 February 2020
18 February 2020 | Mag. Bay

And the wind died....

02 April 2020 | Loreto Area
Chip
After 5 days of 15 to 25 kts of wind and "Buffalos" (big waves) roaring across Loreto Bay, the wind is gone and the sea of glassy calm. After fueling up, we moved to Nopolo to anchor in front of the Loreto Bay Resort. The resort, along with the neighboring residential and commercial zones, are a ghost town. While the golf course is closed, the security guy (deported from the US and restricted from returning for 10 years....) told us to return in the AM and he'd get his friend to let us play (not doing that for a many reasons). After returning to the boat we received word that the Governor of Baja Sur had issued a very restrictive directive in response to the virus including criminal and civil penalties for violations (another reason to skip the golf...). As I mentioned, we're stocked up for at least 30 days and will stay away from populated areas which essentially complies with the Governor's directive. Be healthy and safe everyone!

Loreto

01 April 2020
Chip | Finally calm
We continue to self quarantine and socially distance ourselves on the islands around Loreto. Mexico has finally started ramping up various protective measures that most every other developed country put in place weeks ago. Time will tell the consequences of this delay. Today we went into Loreto to reload our provisions (6 to 8 week supply) then down to Puerto Escondido for diesel. Loreto was pretty much closed except for essential services it seemed but we were early in the day. El Pescador Supermercado was allowing 1 person per family to enter when 1 shopper came out. Hand sanitizer was provided, most people were wearing some version of a mask and keeping the 6’ of separation. As of this morning there are no known cases of the virus in this area (11 in Cabo, 5 in La Paz with 2 deaths is the official into from the Baja Sur Government’s website). Certainly things are evolving with this virus so new info could change our plan however based on today’s experience we will continue to ride out this horrible crisis from the islands in the Sea of Cortez.

Waiting out the wind

28 March 2020 | Isla Carmen, Ballandra
Chip | Windy,
We moved early Thursday morning to the Ballandra anchorage on Isla Carmen to hide out from a predicted wind event. The first and last time we were in this anchorage was 10 years ago. 2 significant memories of the place:; 1) we were chased out by bees seeking fresh water (it really was an unbelievable experience) and 2) it was the last time I saw a cruising friend alive (she died from cancer about a year or so later, RIP Laura). Ballandra is a very nice anchorage positioned to provide wind shelter for all directions but W or WSW - the forecast is calling for several days of N and NNW winds gusting to 25 to 30. Forecast was been spot on. There are 8 other boats here - all sailboats. We're in 10 to 16' of water with 120' of chain out. Thankful it's holding well. Wind has hit 30 a few times and we do get a little wave wrap into the anchorage but it's very tolerable. The higher wind and breaking waves on the beach have confined us to the boat resulting in the Admiral creating a to do list for poor old Chip. In addition to repacking a rudder post (my list) and adjusting another, I have cleaned the shower sump (should be immune to the CoronaVirus now...), disassembled and repaired the Admiral's vacuum cleaner (second round of virus immunization measures....), and endured a new game everyday (the Admiral has a running list of who wins each day - I can only imagine what the ultimate winner will likely impose upon second place....). Actually it's kinda fun. Probably be here for another couple of days - haven't decided on the next stop just yet. All is good in Baja Sur! Stay healthy my friends!

Moved a little north

25 March 2020 | Loreto area
Chip
We left Isla San Francisco early this morning for Agua Verde. To weather models show a fairly strong NNW wind coming for the weekend. Our plan was to tuck into a northern lobe anchorage through the weekend but there were several boats already there. Thus we continued on another 25 miles to the Candeleros anchorage in front of the Danzante Bay Golf Resort. We're just a few miles south of Loreto. Tomorrow we'll head to one of the anchorage on Isla Carmen that is sheltered from the coming blow. Once we get settled into this area, we'll return to Agua Verde for a few days.
UPDATE: After the sun went down we realized this beautiful resort is completely closed - only a couple of small lights showing. While sad, I take it as a potentially positive sign that Loreto may be taking steps to address the CoronaVirus.

Social Distancing...

22 March 2020 | Isla Partida, Ensenada Grande Anchorage
Chip
Our first 3 days out of La Paz have been somewhat strange. We have been without much information because there's no internet out here. The “news” stations on our Sirius radio are mostly politically driven viewpoints so it's hard to smoke out the facts. Be that as it may, the common thread seems to be that the CoronaVirus outfall is not good and expected to get worse. Mexico finally took action similar to that of most every other country only much later. Time will tell how that delay impacts the population and their already poor economy. There are fewer boats out than a couple of weeks ago. The few US and Canadian boats we have seen are doing the much the same thas us - social distancing on the islands and attempting to gather information. On the other hand the Mexican boats, while fewer now, are loaded with Mexican tourist looking for whale sharks, Orcas, sea lions or party-goers on charter boats. The numerous kayak camps that were here 2 weeks ago are gone. Tomorrow we move 25 miles further north to Isla San Francisco for 2 days then 60 miles to Agua Verde. At this point the weather looks like we should stay put for 4 or 5 days. When the weather is right we'll jump to the islands around Loreto where we'll have internet and other communications. At this point I'd say we're in the Sea of Cortez for a few month unless there are heath or safety issues associated with doing so.

Self-Quarantining...

18 March 2020 | Marina La Paz
Chip | Warm days cool nights
KT is back on the boat from her California visit. When she 3 weeks ago the CoronaVirus was raging in China but really hadn’t received much attention in our circles. Needless to say that has changed. In fact KT bolted for TJ a day early to avoid a possible closure of the US/Mexico border and the possibility of missing her plane to La Paz (the border remains open as of this writing). Now that she’s back, our plan is to provision the boat for 45 to 60 days and head out to various islands around the lower half of the Sea of Cortez. La Paz has been a fun stop however, for us, the best course of action at this point in time is to practice “social distancing” in the warm Baja waters. The attached photo is our outdoor dinner last night at Banditos - fresh air, uncrowded and at least 12’ to the next closest table. Stay Healthy!

Fixing

14 March 2020 | Marina La Paz
Chip | 78 air, 74 pool
No boat trip is without its “issues!” Since leaving the US we’ve had sone curious electrical system performance. 48V charger/house inverter shutdown (discovered a hidden breaker not shown on any schematic after 3 hours of digging) and low batteries while running at night - put the multimeter on the 48v alternator - deader than a beaver hat. Enter Victor the La Paz electrician who, a few years ago, rewound my alternator by hand because no parts were available. Presently awaiting arrival of a replacement regulator he located coming by bus from Washington. Hoping it arrives today (3/14). It’s an unique alternator and regulator as luck would have it. I did find 1 available in the US in North Carolina which I bought as a back-up that KT will lug down and clear through Mexico customs at the CBX if Victor is unsuccessful. And our music radio went south on us - KT has one of those also tuck away in her luggage.... She is very happy to be my boat parts mule (NOT).

International Triathlon in La Paz

14 March 2020 | Malecón de La Paz
Chip | Hopeful warm enough to kill the virus
Here's hoping the Coronavirus does indeed die out in hot climates - there's an International Triathlon here tomorrow. La Paz is packed with people, street along the Malecón is closed, multiple venues set up, music, athletes and families everywhere. Very cool (just hope no exposures...) By the way - there's plenty of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and food on the shelves here - at this point at least.

Dia de Mujer

14 March 2020 | La Paz
Chip | Perfect weather
Day of the Woman march in La Paz - very large snd impressive demonstration.

La Paz

14 March 2020 | Marina La Paz
Chip | Perfect weather
Been in La Paz for a couple of weeks while KT visits the nieto and gets in a little skiing at Mammoth. Before Junior and Lobster Jack headed home we got in a round at El Mogete - very pretty but tough course!
Vessel Name: m/v Victoria (formerly s/v MissTeak)
Vessel Make/Model: Mikelson 50 (originally Morgan 45)
Hailing Port: Dana Point, CA USA
Crew: Chip and Katie Prather
About: wine and beer "enthusiast..."
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Not sure what's ahead for us. After 41 years of owning sailboats and sailing MissTeak on 3 extended trips into Mexico, we sold her and have purchased a powerboat. We're planning to spend the next several months learning the boat, building inventory and getting used to the roar of twin 450hp [...]
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