Victoria (formerly s/vMissTeak)

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
16 February 2020 | Pro. A. Lopez mateos
14 February 2020
14 February 2020
14 February 2020
14 February 2020 | Puerto Aldofo Lopez Mateo
13 February 2020 | Scorpion Bay
09 February 2020 | Turtle Bay
07 February 2020 | Leaving Ensenada
05 February 2020 | Marina Cruise Port
02 February 2020 | Cross “La Linea” a few miles off....
22 January 2020 | Shelter Island
19 January 2020 | SB from Dana Point w/snow on the mountains
12 October 2019 | Running the OC coast
24 September 2019 | On the ball in Cherry Cove

Did a little surfing

22 February 2020 | Nearing Todo Santos
Chip Prather
On our way to Los Cabos tonight. Weather looked perfect for an easy ride south - wind less than 18 dropping quickly after sunset with 2' waves on 13 seconds. Well we have seen this movie before - 22 knots of wind and waves steep enough to get us moving over 19 knots (TripMax in the photo) as we surfed through the moonless (read pitch black) night. Much better condition after midnight

No visit is complete until....

22 February 2020 | 100 miles north of Cabo Falso
Chip | Hard to say, it’s dark
Stumbled across the Pto. Magdalena graveyard on our hike the other morning. For some unknown reason, Mexican graveyards are must see for the admiral. This one was well maintained and, according to Jose, who owns the land upon which Mag City and the new eco-tour compound sit, the first person was buried here in the late 1700's. We did see a marker noting 1879. Pretty impressive for this little town on an island that's only accessible by boat.

Petting Whales

21 February 2020 | Entrada de Mag Bay
Chip | Perfet
6 days in Magdalena Bay and it’s time to move further south. We came to Mexico now hoping to see the whales in San Ignacio - that proved to be overly difficult since we’d arrived by boat. The option was to enter Mag Bay at Boca de Soledad which we did and were treated to no less than 50 whales. Our 2 dinghy trips out to the entrada were not nearly as spectacular - a good number of whales but we didn’t get closer than 25 to 30 feet. Nevertheless we were pleased with the experience and figured that was the best there was. Not hardly! From Pto Magdalena we hired Chrispin and his panga for 2 hours - absolutely a once in a lifetime experience. At the entrance to the bay everywhere we looked were whales - spouting, rolling over and turning tight circles. When our panga stopped over they came to take a look - up close! KT got to pet and kiss them - that’s how close they were. Absolutely an amazing day - so fortunate to have this experience! Weather looks good to head on so we are off to Los Cabos tomorrow - right out at the spot we visited today in the panga....

Mag Bay Shrimper pic

18 February 2020
Chip Prather
There were 3 of these pangas netting shrimp.

Pto. Magdalena

18 February 2020 | Mag. Bay
Chip | 70 air, 70 pool - good solar day
Pto. A. Lopez Mateos was a great 3 day stopover. Entering the bay through the Boca de Soledad entrance, with the surf pushing us through the shallow waters loaded with whales, is absolutely on the top 10 boating experience list! The town was a typical small Mexican town with little tiendes and restaurants. There is also a very large whale watching facility with an amphitheater, restaurants, bars and a very well organized panga dock. The gigantic parking lot always had a good number of cars but on the weekend a caravan of tour buses came to town - hundreds of people speeding across the bay to visit the ballenas gris. This morning we followed our pilot boat from Mag Bay Outfitter through the 40 mile channel to Pto Magdalena. Sometimes the channel was very wide but only 10 feet deep (unmarked) and at other points it was a narrow creek like waterway meandering through the dessert - we could of stepped off our swim step to the white sand beach. During the 4 hour journey we saw more whales, dolphin and 3 pangas with huge outriggers fishing for shrimp. As we passed the pangas one of the fishermen held up a fist full of very large shrimp. Just beyond the "curva del diablo" (devils bend) a good sized Mexican sardine net boat roared up behind us - our guide suggested we follow him for a short while so he (the guide) could fish - no problem. About 10 miles from what the locals call Mag City, the channel is well marked and easy to navigate to our desired anchorage so our guide sped off. We'll be here a few days looking for a good weather window to head onto Puerto Los Cabos.

We went shopping....

16 February 2020 | Pro. A. Lopez mateos
Chip Prather | Nice
Well we made it to the Farmers Market here in Lopez Mateos which is fairly off course from similarly labeled goings-on in our area. Lots of people enjoying a Saturday morning - then we came to the "meat area" and discovered Bessie (could be Mr. Ed as I’m no expert here), sins hide and body, resting amongst the various cuts in the hot sun, off we went to the fruits snd vegetable zone!

Boca Pics

14 February 2020
Chip Prather

More Boca pictures

14 February 2020
Chip Prather

More Boca pictures

14 February 2020
Chip Prather

Boca de Soledad

14 February 2020 | Puerto Aldofo Lopez Mateo
Chip Prather | Sunny with a light warm breeze
Our stopover in Scorpion Bay/San Juanico was perfect. The little town hasn't changed much since our last visit 4 years ago. The anchorage is well protected. We left for the Boca de Soledad entrance to Mag Bay, 60 miles away, at 0420 with a great weather forecast for crossing the sandbar. An hour short of the entrance we connected with our pilot boat skippered by Chris Hoyt son of Bob the owner of Mag Bay Outfitters. Bob, a former San Clemente resident, played high school football with 2 guys with which I used to work. Small world. The seas were pretty small so, while we did some surfing on our way in, it was actually a fun ride. The biggest challenge was avoiding all the whales frolicking about at the entrance - no exaggeration, there were at least 50 whales! We are presently anchored in front of Puerto Aldofo Lopez Mateo for the next few days. From here we will move around Mag Bay until the weather is good around 2/23 to move on to Puerto Los Cabos. Whale watching and fixing tomorrow - right after touring the so-called "Farmer's Market" requiring us to be ashore by 0800.....
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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