S/V Odyssey

1979 CSY 44 Walk-Over, center-cockpit, cutter

01 November 2015 | Home in Calabasas
08 July 2015 | Channel Islands Harbor
08 July 2015 | Dana Point Harbor
08 July 2015 | Kona Kai Marina, San Diego Harbor
08 July 2015 | Marina Coral, Ensenada MX
08 July 2015 | Turtle Bay and north
08 July 2015 | Enroute
08 July 2015 | Enroute to Turtle Bay
08 July 2015 | Enroute to Los Cabos
08 July 2015 | Marina De La Paz
25 June 2015 | Marina De La Paz
25 June 2015 | Marina De La Paz
10 June 2015 | Marina De La Paz
07 June 2015 | Marina De La Paz
07 June 2015 | Marina De La Paz
04 June 2015 | Puerto Los Gatos
04 June 2015 | Isla San Francisco at "the Hook" and the north anchorage
04 June 2015 | Isla San Francisco
04 June 2015 | Marina De La Paz, Caleta Lobos

Arrival at Marina De La Paz

15 November 2013 | Bahia De La Paz
Bill
11/14/13
As a long-time fan of Mexico, some of my clearest memories are of sitting in some small cantina enjoying fresh made chips and salsa (with cold beverages of course) with my companions. Every time that I visit Mexico I look forward to enjoying these things. Up until a recent night in Cabo, I have been frustrated by being served chips from a bag, and salsa from a jar in bars and restaurants. Well, last night I had the best chips and salsa of the trip so far in a little cantina in the middle of nowhere. Sweet.
We got an early start today, with the anchor up and the boat underway by 0505 am. The sea was like glass as we motored under the stars. As the sun came up, we passed between Punta Arena De la Ventana and Isla Cerralvo. The island is steep, with a 1500' elevation, and about 16 miles long. The wind and currents funnel down the channel between the Baja coast and the island, and so are a bit rougher here than elsewhere. We spotted large groups of dolphins, the usual leaping manta rays, a sea snake, a turtle, and large mystery splashes off in the distance. John caught two large Bonitas on the way into La Paz.
We threaded our way into the bay, avoiding the sandy shoals that run down the middle of the main channel. We had Odyssey tied up and secured by about 3:30. People came out of their boats to help us dock, due to my (un)skillful docking skills. John and I made lots of new friends almost immediately, with all the liveaboards coming by to welcome us. After showers, we both had what we agree was our best Mexican meal of the trip.
It seems a bit surreal to finally be in La Paz after all the planning, sleepless nights, and preparation.

Some final statistics of the trip for you all:
Trip length beginning in Channel Islands, CA:
22 days (15 at sea), 1134 nautical miles, about 175 hours of motoring. 6 nights at anchor, 7 at sea, 6 tuna caught, one dorado caught, several marlin hooked but not landed.
More tomorrow.
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Vessel Name: S/V Odyssey
Vessel Make/Model: Caribbean Sailing Yacht (CSY) 44, W/O
Hailing Port: Ensenada De La Paz, BCS, Mexico
Crew: Bill, Susan, Cody and Kyle and friends
About: Bill and Kyle, along with crew, brought Odyssey to Mexico in November, 2013, with the Baja-Haha. She now lies in La Paz, BCS. Family and friends will come to share experiences in the Sea of Cortez.
Extra: I am planning to cruise the Sea of Cortez for at least a year, and then maybe do the "puddle jump" to the south pacific.
S/V Odyssey's Photos - Main
These are pics from our ten days in La Paz, including 5 nights at anchor.
28 Photos
Created 21 January 2015
Videos from our trips
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Created 11 July 2014
6 days at the islands, swimming with whale sharks
87 Photos
Created 16 June 2014
Local Islands near La Paz
11 Photos
Created 27 January 2014
La Paz pictures
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Created 27 January 2014
Assorted pictures of Odyssey.
3 Photos
Created 4 October 2013
Improvements and upgrades of Odyssey
9 Photos
Created 4 October 2013