Victoria (formerly s/vMissTeak)

05 November 2018 | Capo Beach
08 July 2016 | San Diego Bay
05 July 2016
21 November 2015 | Tied to the dock in Dana Point
21 July 2015 | In the fog so who knows where we are...
21 July 2015 | North of Ensenada
20 July 2015 | The streets of Ensenada
19 July 2015 | Ensenada
17 July 2015 | TB
15 July 2015 | What will 700 Pecos buy.... 😳
15 July 2015 | Bahia de Tortuga
13 July 2015 | Bahia Asuncion
10 July 2015 | Baja Sur
09 July 2015 | Closing in on SJdC
09 July 2015 | East Cape - Cabo Pulmo
08 July 2015 | Bahia de los Muertos
30 June 2015 | Marina de La Paz
25 June 2015 | On the road
23 June 2015 | Campo de Golf, El Mogote

Testing Remote Access

05 November 2018 | Capo Beach
Chip
This is a test with a pic in preparation of using the Iridium GO to post showing our grandson on his first fishing trip (7 months)!

Into the bay

08 July 2016 | San Diego Bay
Chip
Heading to the Loews Coronado for a couple of days with a stop at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club then to Glorietta Bay and the Coronado YC. Great weather and some cool stuff happening in San Diego.

San Diego Bay

05 July 2016
Chip
Spending a week in San Diego Bay bouncing about. Dinner tonight with Barritt and Renee (Senendipty), John and Gilly (Destiny) and Bob and Robin (Mia Amore). From here it's off to Catalina, via Oceanside and Dana Point, for Glenn's (Beach Access) 60th birthday party. Great weather and fun people! All good.

What a difference 1 year makes

21 November 2015 | Tied to the dock in Dana Point
Chip
Getting ready to take MissTeak over to Avalon for Thanksgiving and, while suffering from a very serious bout of NMB (no Mexico Blues), I wondered what was happening with us 12 months ago. A quick peek at the log showed us anchor down in Bahia de Tortuga along the Baja headed south. I floated the idea past the admiral of tossing the lines and heading back - best I could achieve was Avalon for Thanksgiving which isn't a bad outcome especially with this monster El Nino on the way. Oh, and as should be expected, a BIG blow is predicted for SoCal Wednesday so we're heading to the island on Tuesday.....

Outbound Ensenada

21 July 2015 | In the fog so who knows where we are...
Chip
Bittersweet comes to mind today as we close in on San Diego to complete our U.S. check-in. Eight months and 5 days ago KT and I left aboard MissTeak for our 3rd extended Mexico sailing adventure in 5 years! This time we traveled close to 4000 miles, met a bunch of new people and got back in touch with old cruising friends. While we visited many of the same places as past trips, we made a point of seeing several new locations and doing different things at the places we'd been before. I know there is a perception that Mexico is a dangerous and third-world like country. To an extent that's true but in our experience that hyperbole is fueled by lazy American media outlets regurgitating negative stories and, in some cases, simply failing to get the facts (yes there was a shooting on the streets of La Paz but it wasn't a Cartel hit rather it was a jealous husband gunning down a cheating wife and lover....). Once again we found Mexico to be an inviting and diverse country and it's people just so dang friendly and helpful! Sure there are some strange processes in Mexico but it really does work! As we drop back into the reality of the Land of Plenty, we will deeply miss the relaxed lifestyle of living aboard MissTeak and, by 100% choice,being without a constant barrage of so-called "news!" We will miss seeing Mexican kids dressed in their school uniforms singing their way to and from school. We will miss sticking our head out the hatch in the morning to see the sun rising over towering mountain and a panga speeding across glass like waters! Indeed there is a lot we will miss about our time roaming about Mexico so we will hold on tightly to our many many fond and everlasting memories! KT and I are so very thankful to of had this "experience" and tip our hat to those who helped make this adventure a big deal in our life! Gracias mi amigos con el gran corazon's! Vemos pronto todos!

Statistical Recap

21 July 2015 | North of Ensenada
Chip
This trip we didn’t go as far south as our previous adventures but we traveled further north and crossed the Sea of Cortez twice as many times. Below are some data and, in a couple of cases, comparisons from past trips
• Miles traveled: 4215
• Days out of US: 8 months, 5 days
• Days in a marina: 93 (37.2%)
• Days in the yard: 5 (2%)
• Days on anchor: 152 (60.8%)
• Engine Hours 2010/11: 706
• Engine Hours 2012/13: 745
• Engine Hours 2014/15: 749
• Genset Hours 2010/11: 335
• Genset Hours 2012/13: 233
• Genset Hours 2014/15: 232

What a great idea......

20 July 2015 | The streets of Ensenada
Chip
Since we couldn't check out of the country until Monday, the MissTeak crew went about getting reacquainted with Ensenada. First it was visiting our favorite barber for a haircut and shave (160 pesos/$10US)(NOT HER IN THE PHOTO ....) then to Hussongs while we awaited the opening of a nearby Taco shop. After lunch it was time for our version of the pub crawl - hit 10 bars on the way back to the boat. The rules of this "event" were simple - rotate the selection of which bar to visit amongst the participants with the most senior member making the first selection and it ain't over until it's over! It was a fun filled night - this morning is not so much fun (Lobster Jack awoke at 1030 this morning and, at 1230 started his 3 hours nap and all we've seen of Junior is the tips of his shoes sticking out from under the restroom stall....)! Beyond that, What happens in Ensenada stays there (we really don't remember anyhow....)! Off to San Diego in the morning and onto Dana Point on Wednesday!

Last moon over Mexico

19 July 2015 | Ensenada
Chip
We arrived in Ensenada at 2300 on Saturday after a 40 1/2 hour passage from Turtle Bay - 278 miles. We got some great weather help from Barritt Neal (Serendipity), Bill Lilly (Moontide), Pete Curran (former OCFA fire captain/paramedic and current NHC dude), and, of course, Victoria who sent not just the weather but her much appreciated sweet words of encouragement! When there were 2 tropical depressions forecasted to become hurricanes nearby, I hired Commanders Weather to also assist. While it was nice talking to knowledgable people at Commanders about the weather, they didn't tell me anything new and, in fact, very strongly recommended we not depart Turtle Bay when we did. The ride up was one of the nicest of the 4 bashes I've done. Yes there was 6 hours of really really crappy conditions with water flying over the Bimini but the other 32 hours were comfortable. And, while Hurricane Delores is indeed twisting slightly to the east as of this writing, it is over 300 miles SW of Turtle Bay - we are now almost 300 miles NORTH of Turtle Bay in 64 degree water. I'll never know if leaving when we did was a foolish risk and we just got lucky (I don't think so - there really is no substitute for one's "gut feeling" and hearing from experienced people who have each made this exact passage a dozen times or more in my opinion). I will tell you this - I'm dang glad to be 60 miles from the US border and within walking distance of Hussongs Cantina! Two more hops and MissTeak will be resting in her Dana Point slip after another 8 month Mexican adventure!

Ensenada Bound

17 July 2015 | TB
Chip
Departed Turtle Bay this AM for Ensenada. Forecast calling for lighter conditions with fairly large swell. Hurricane Delores isn't a major issue for us at this point but is sending the swell and will likely produce rain. We are intending to be ahead of any major wind influence. Time will tell. 2 maybe 3 boats left with us!

And 700 pesos will do even more

15 July 2015 | What will 700 Pecos buy.... 😳
Chip
Here we are but where the heck is Antonio- ah, Antonino vamos a Mexico!
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..."
Extra:
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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