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

Cabo to Mag Bay

08 July 2015 | Enroute to Turtle Bay
Bash 3

Everyone was up and ready, so we cast off the dock lines just after 1:00am, and motored into the black night. It was a bit bumpy, but we had a gorgeous orange moon to keep us company for a while. By the time we were close to Cabo San Lucas the wind was howling and the seas were large and knocking us around. We decided to duck into Cabo to await daylight and milder conditions. We carefully made our way into the beach area south of the Marina and dropped anchor at 4:00am in front some of the same cantinas that I had enjoyed while here with the folks from the Baja Haha.

We started moving again at 8:00am in a clear and breezy morning. We quickly upped anchor and headed out for another try at rounding the Cape. This time, though the winds were still blowing hard, we made it around the corner and into the Pacific Ocean proper. We finally cleared the dreaded Cabo Falso, a large point that funnels and increases the ocean winds in the area, at 09:45am. Conditions began to improve as we covered more distance, becoming sunny and relatively calm by noon. We caught a beautiful Bonita in the afternoon, which became our first Hawaiian Pokey of the trip, which we enjoyed with cold beers. Later, Mark brought a nice Striped Marlin to the boat after a great fight. As darkness fell we were treated to a nice sunset, and we had a Boobie land on the front of the boat and stay there the entire night. Billie quickly dubbed the bird "Tits McGee", being a booby and everything... (it left quite a mess for us in the morning). We reefed (reduced) the mainsail in case the wind came up during the night. The air temperature has been creeping downward since we made the turn North, with the water temp dropping a full 10 degrees since last night. Billie was the first one to don pants and a jacket, but the rest of us followed by the time our watches began. Mike and Mark took the first watch, from 10:00pm to 02:00am.

Billie and I relieved Mark and Mike and assumed the watch at 02:00am. They reported no vessels sighted and conditions were calm with a bright moon of about 70%. Our Boobie bird friend, christened "Tits McGee" by Billie, was still perched on the pulpit railing above the anchor. I was wearing a pair of jeans that I had brought down on the Haha for the first time in 20 months. We motored all night with the reefed mainsail adding a bit of lift and stability. The old Perkins diesel motor just kept purring along, happily propelling Odyssey towards the U.S.border. At about 5:00am we passed on the inside of a vessel heading south, the first one we've seen since rounding Cabo Falso yesterday morning. The wind came and went throughout the morning and day. After sunrise we had glassy seas for several hours. We tried a variety of lures behind Odyssey, but had no fish for today. Although we had a few bumps, the ocean has been very friendly to us, with calm winds and waves. I should mention that we violated my insurance policy on the first day as we headed towards San Jose Del Cabo, having entered a forbidden hurricane zone when we passed below Bahia De Los Muertos. It was not until this afternoon that we departed the non-covered area and we once again officially insured (don't tell Susan!). We passed Magdalena Bay and Bahia Santa Maria, heading offshore as the sun went down. The night proved to be pretty bumpy, with winds coming and going and changing directions under a very bright moon.
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
No Photos
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