S/V Sea Dancer

18 December 2020 | At our home in Oxnard, California
01 December 2020 | Smugglers Cove, Santa Cruz Island
20 November 2020 | Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort, South Lake Tahoe, California
23 October 2020 | Channel Islands Harbor Marina - H Dock & Anacapa Island
04 October 2020 | At our home in Oxnard, California
15 September 2020 | Benedict Canyon
06 September 2020 | UCLA Health Center, Westwood, California & Don in Oxnard
31 August 2020 | UCLA Health Center, Westwood, California
22 August 2020 | At our home in Oxnard, California
17 August 2020 | Off the Coast of Ventura County
09 August 2020 | At our home in Oxnard, California
26 July 2020 | At our home in Oxnard, California
26 July 2020 | Channel Islands Harbor Marina - H Dock
21 June 2020 | Channel Islands Harbor Marina - H Dock
21 June 2020 | Channel Islands Harbor Marina - H Dock
02 June 2020 | Channel Islands Harbor Marina - H Dock
02 June 2020 | Channel Islands Harbor Marina - H Dock
19 May 2020 | At our home in Oxnard, California
19 May 2020 | Channel Islands Harbor Marina - H Dock

Bobbi Update, Day 108: The Best Christmas Gift Ever!

18 December 2020 | At our home in Oxnard, California
Don Lehman | cool and cloudy
On Friday, December 11th, Bobbi went in for her third bone marrow biopsy. This afternoon her doctor video conferences with us the results from the biopsy and blood test and they showed that there is NO myeloma cells present in her body. All her blood tests show everything is normal. So...Bobbi is a very happy lady.

Thanks again to everyone who has walked with us through this journey. Your prayers and positive words helped me along the way.

Don is a Happy Camper

01 December 2020 | Smugglers Cove, Santa Cruz Island
Don Lehman | 60
Last week-end November 28 and 29, Bobbi and I boarded Sea Dancer and pulled out of our slip for an overnight cruise to Smugglers Cove at Santa Cruz Island, our first since Bobbi’s diagnoses. We buddy boated with Mike and Cherri on Maine Squeeze. The weather was great, but we could have used a little more wind. It was essentially a powerboat cruise with the sails giving a very small amount of extra push.

With Smugglers only 18 nautical miles away it only took three hours to get there from our harbor, giving us plenty of time to relax and enjoy the view around us. The anchorage was flat and just a slight amount of wind that eventually moved around to coming steadily from the west, making it lovely night.

It was great being on the water again and spending the night at anchor with a great sunset and an equally great sunrise coming over Anacapa Island Sunday morning. We were joined by a pod of dolphins both on the sail out and on the way back. Each time they stayed with us for about 15 minutes, making the cruise that much more enjoyable. I will be posting photos of the cruise in a couple of days.

Bobbi is a Happy Camper

20 November 2020 | Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort, South Lake Tahoe, California
Don Lehman | 34
From the above photo I am sure you can see why Bobbi is a happy camper now. It has been seven months since she has been able to see and hug Tenzin, our grandson. With her continuing improvement and moving into early remission, the doctors last month said we could visit our son Jonathan, Chloe and Tenzin. Since we couldn’t get anything in the Redway area we decided to make it a vacation and use timeshare points to get a two-bedroom condo for us and a studio mini suite for Jon and Chloe in South Lake Tahoe for a week.

Since we would not be able to be with them for Christmas we made the trip a combination Thanksgiving and Christmas party. We brought several gifts for Tenzin, but instead of giving them to him in one night we gave him a couple gifts each night when they came for dinner. We enjoyed watching him open the gifts and also playing with him. Tenzin has grown so much since we last saw him and he is now constantly on the move.

On the Bobbi front it is now day 89 from her stem cell transplant and all is moving in the right direction in amazing speed. December 11th is our next doctor visit where they will draw blood and perform a bone marrow biopsy, which will be on her 101st day. This is an important test because this will tell the doctors if she is cancer free or if any cancer is still in her body. On the 18th we go back to the doctor to get the results. If it proves that she is cancer free they will tell her she is in “Deep Sleep Remission” and move her into just maintenance checkups with our local Oncologist doctor in Ventura. We are definitely looking forward to that day. Many thanks for all the prayers, thoughts and encouragement that all of you have been giving Bobbi.

I will be posting photos of the trip in the gallery within a couple of days.
Vessel Name: Sea Dancer
Vessel Make/Model: 1989 Ericson 38-200
Hailing Port: Channel Islands, California
Crew: Don & Bobbi Lehman
About: Don is a retired Gaffer for the Motion Picture Industry Bobbi is a retired Pre-K Teacher
Extra: We have spent the last 6 months cruising in the Sea of Cortez and will be sailing to mainland Mexico next season.
Sea Dancer's Photos - Main
Last week-end (Nov. 28/29, 2020) Bobbi pulled Sea Dancer out of her slip and sailed to Smugglers Cove at Santa Cruz Island for a overnight cruise. Our first since Bobbi's diagnosis. We buddy boated with our dock mates and friends Mike and Cherri on Maine Squeeze.
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Created 5 December 2020
Bobbi and I stayed in a South Lake Tahoe condo where we join our Jon, Chloe and Tenzin for a combination Thanksgiving and Christmas get together. This was the first time we were able to visit with them in seven months. We were also enjoyed having Bobbi's family with us also. I know, a lot of photos of our grandson, can you tell that Tenzin is our first and only grandchild.
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Created 5 December 2020
On October 10-, 2020, Bobbi, Regina, Rags and I sailed to Frenches Cove on Anacapa Island for lunch.
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Created 23 October 2020
The Ladies of the "WWWBBB" got together and bought Bobbi a bunch of nightshirst so she wouldn't have to wear a hospital gown.
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Created 24 September 2020
A collection of photos of Bobbi both in the hospital and at my sister's home in Benedict Canyon, which is close to the UCLA Health Center in Westwood.
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Created 24 September 2020
From August 24 to the 29 We stayed at the UCLA Tiverton House while Bobbi saw the doctors as an outpatient. These photos are our room at Tiverton House and our walks in the beautiful UCLA Botanical Garden. The garden was across the street from the Tiverton House and right next to the UCLA Dental School. Bobbi went into the hospital at 1:00pm on Saturday August 29.
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Created 31 August 2020
Bobbi decided to cut her hair before chemo started, but with all the salons closed she asked Gina to do it.
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Created 23 August 2020
On Monday, August 17, 2020, Bobbi, Gina and I took Sea Dancer out for a day sail of about 4 1/2 hours. It was the first time Gina has been out with us on Sea Dancer.
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Created 23 August 2020
After getting the Head put back together, it was time for a day sail.
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Created 2 June 2020
Re-painting the color markings on my anchor chain. 25' is green, 50' is orange, 75' is yellow and 100' is red. After 100' the colors start over.
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Created 2 June 2020
Replacing discharge hoses and valves.
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Created 2 June 2020
Photos of unstepping the mast, re-rigging, then re-stepping the mast and then followed by adding the stack pack mainsail cover.
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Created 28 April 2020
On January 26, 2020, three boats from H-Dock went out for a day sail.
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Created 26 January 2020
From Mougins we took the high speed train to Paris, where we spent two full days touring, before flying home.
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Created 27 July 2019
We stayed in Mougins and visited Cannes,Nice,Ile Sainte-Marguerite and Antibes.
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Created 27 July 2019
Tour of the Normandy battlefields.
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Created 26 July 2019
Tour of a restored castle. The site on top of the hill was first used by the Romans in the 4th century.
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Created 26 July 2019
After the Queen Mary 2 we stayed in England for a week.
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Created 26 July 2019
Bobbi and I booked passage for a transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2, leaving New York City on May 24, 2019.
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Created 26 July 2019
Thursday morning on June 29th with two other boats from our dock, Dave & Robin on Wyld Hayr and Mike and Cheri on Maine Squeeze.
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Created 7 August 2017
An enjoyable day sail on Brian and Diana Fitzpatrick's beautiful boat.
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Created 7 August 2017
May 9th, we left San Diego for our journey home with stops in Oceanside and Long Beach
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Created 11 May 2017
Our 11 hour sail from Ensenada to San Diego.
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Created 30 April 2017
While waiting for good weather we checked out Ensenada and went on a tour and tasting of three wineries in the Guadalupe Valley. Just 20 minutes out of Ensenada and is where over 80% of Mexico is produced.
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Created 27 April 2017
Leaving Turtle Bay on April 22th, spending oe night at San Quintin and then on to Ensenada.
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Created 25 April 2017
From Puerto Los Cabo to Bahia Santa Maria is 42 hour sail, the longest leg of the cruise home. Then we spent a night at Asuncion ad finally to Turtle Bay.
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Created 12 April 2017
We left Isla Isabel at noon for an overnight run to Mazatlan.
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Created 30 March 2017
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Created 29 March 2017
Bobbi and I and our friends Jane and Jerry on Aeolian took a two hour panga tour of the jungle estuary.
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Created 28 March 2017
We are starting our sail north, to meet up with our crew in Mazatlan. In this Album we leave Paradise Village and head for Punta Mita, then Chacala and finally Matanchen and San Blas.
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Created 28 March 2017
Visiting all the communities around Banderas Bay.
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Created 28 March 2017
On March 1st we visited Vallarta Botanical Garden with some new friends that live in the condo's in front of our boat slip at Paradise Village. Get there was half the fun, it took 3 different buses and about 2 hours to get there.
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Created 1 March 2017
We have now taken the bus to downtown Puerto Vallarta. We walked along the malecon, walked through the shops and ate in the Romanic District and also along the twisty trails along the river.
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Created 15 February 2017
We motored 6 miles to Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta. This is a big resort with of amenities. We planned to stay a week, but now we are staying longer.
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Created 15 February 2017
La Cruz is a small town at the northern end of the bay and is about 30 or 40 minutes by bus to downtown Puerto Vallarta. It has lots of small patio restaurants and is the marina with a lot of cruising kids.
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Created 15 February 2017
We left Mazatlan for an overnight sail to Chacala for our first stop, then the next morning we sailed for La Cruz at the northern end of the bay.
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Created 15 February 2017
Spent 4 days in Mazatlan before moving south.
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Created 15 February 2017
Our 50 mile sail from La Paz to Muertos and then 190 mile sail from Muertos to Mazatlan.
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Created 13 February 2017
A one week cruise to the local islands of La Paz.
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Created 13 February 2017
After Spending the Christmas with our family we flew back down to La Paz and our boat. The day we got back to Marina Costa Baja they had a great concert. Also my net controler duties came up, so we pulled out of our slip and anchored in a small cove about 3 miles from the marina.
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Created 13 February 2017
The Friday after we got home was the Channel Islands Harbors' Dock Decorating Contest that H Dock always competes in and Friday is the judging. Then Saturday is the harbors' Christmas Lights Boat Parade, with the theme of "Hooray for Hollywood". This night is always crock-pot night and we had 8 crock-pots full of wonderful chillies and soups.
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Created 18 December 2016
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Created 17 December 2016
A one day stay at Isla Francisco, then a day sail to La Paz the next morning.
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Created 17 December 2016
We spent several days at this beautiful bay, including Thanksgiving.
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Created 17 December 2016
Agua Verde was our first stop after Puerto Escondido and we stayed for several days, then a short day sail to Bahia Tembabichi.
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Created 17 December 2016
On our way south we stopped in San Juanico and Puerto Escondido. First 7 photos are from San Juanico.
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Created 17 December 2016
Crossing the Sea of Cortez to the Baja coast.
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Created 17 December 2016
About October 12th we pull out of San Carlos and headed north towards the northern Sea of Cortez until our stern chainplate broke.
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Created 17 December 2016
Las week we sailed with Ed & Barb on their boat "Barbara Ann" with friends Jay and Terri to Scorpion Cove at Santa Cruz Island. The photos shows a little of our crossings, but mostly our time at the anchorage.
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Created 20 August 2016
I joined friends from H-Dock on their cruise to Catalina.
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Created 31 July 2016
Photos of our travels in and around Sedona.
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Created 28 June 2016
On our way to Sedona we checked on Sea Dancer
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Created 28 June 2016
It takes a week to get the boat ready for us to leave her for the summer and hurricane season. Almost everything is taken down topside and stored below. We double up all the dock lines and had chaff protection where needed.
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Created 24 April 2016
Exploring in and around San Carlos.
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Created 24 April 2016
After a rolly night we pulled up anchor at 1:30am from Punta Chivato and began our 73 mile voyage to San Carlos.
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Created 24 April 2016
We needed to provision, so 4 of us got a ride into Mulege and spent the day wandering around this beautiful town.
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Created 24 April 2016
Bahia Concepcion is a large bay that we spent 11 days in at four different anchorages.
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Created 24 April 2016
11 day cruise to Bahia Concepcion with stops in 5 anchorages.
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Created 23 April 2016
19 day cruise and visiting 6 anchorages along the way.
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Created 23 April 2016
Photos of our crossing the Sea of Cortez (formerly called The Gulf of California) from Mazatlan to La Paza.
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Created 23 April 2016
I love to people watch, so when we are up in the bleachers it gave me a great opportunity to people watch.
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Created 23 April 2016
Mazatlan's Carnival is the third largest in the world and last for about three weeks, but all the main events are in the last week. The photos are in three parts, first is music night with about 6 bands playing in the carnival area. Then there is the Burning of the Bad Humor which is followed by fireworks on two different nights, lasting about 45 minutes each. There are two parades and we went to the first one on Saturday. The best way to decribe the Mazatlan parade is to think of the Rose Parade on steroids. Each parades are in two parts, the first is the commercial parade that starts at 5:00pm and last one and half hours. All the sponsors parade there truck instead of floats. On top of the trucks are bands or hot young women and men throwing out free logo items to the people watching. For the entire 5 mile length of the parade. The main parade starts at 7:00pm and goes to 10:00 or 10:30pm.
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Created 22 April 2016
They jump off the cliff into the water below during the day when cruise ships are in and at night on Fridays and week ends.
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Created 22 April 2016
Some of the photos of our six weeks in Mazatlan.
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Created 20 April 2016
We left La Paz on December 21, 2015 to begin our passage to Mazatlan
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Created 12 April 2016
After waiting for about four days for the wind to die down below 20 knots we left Puerto Escondido and headed for La Paz. Along the way we stopped at two anchorages.
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Created 11 April 2016
Some photos of our drive home with one stop at El Rosario and spending the night at the Cactus Motel. This time we got into the correct line to cross the border, which only took three and half hours to do.
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Created 7 November 2015
We had heard from so many people how beautiful this mission was so we decided to visit it ourselves. It is about a 30 mile drive from Loreto on a road that was mostly paved, but parts of it were washed out from last winter's rains. We drove from the foothills into the mountains and its canyons, crossing a river at least 20 times. Where the road was washed out they had regarded it, but not paved it. When we reached the small village of San Javier and then the mission, it was truly beautiful. They started building it in 1699.
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Created 5 November 2015
Sea Dancer is already to start cruising and so we took her out for a one night shakedown cruise to Ballandra on Isla Carmen.
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Created 3 November 2015
On August 3rd I flew back down to Loreto and Puerto Escondido to check on Sea Dancer for a couple of days. All was good.
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Created 16 August 2015
An all club cruise over Memorial Day Weekend. AYC with 6 boats join two other local yacht clubs for a weekend of fun.
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Created 12 June 2015
Rags was with us in Baja for about a month.
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Created 13 May 2015
A gathering of cruisers at Puerto Escondido
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Created 13 May 2015
When we got back to Puerto Escondido on April 16, we headed out to Bahia Candeleros and Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante with Rags.
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Created 13 May 2015
the marina and slip that we will be keeping Sea Dancer in for the summer hurricane season.
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Created 15 April 2015
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Sailing from the northeast side of Isla Carmen to the northwest side of the island.
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A large bay with several nice coves for anchoring.
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Our adventure continues.
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Created 15 April 2015
Our journey north, up the Sea of Cortez begins.
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Created 14 April 2015
A land cruise to Todos Santos, a small artistic village.
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Created 14 April 2015
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Our time in La Paz
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Created 13 April 2015
Our last one day leg to La Paz and the Sea of Cortez
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Created 13 April 2015
One day voyage to Bahia de Los Moertos
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Created 13 April 2015
Our one day passage to Bahia Los Frailes.
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Created 13 April 2015
Our time in San Jose del Cabo
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Created 13 April 2015
Our time in San Jose del Cabo.
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Created 13 April 2015
Our overnight passage to San Jose del Cabo and Puerto Los Cabos
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Created 13 April 2015
Our three days at Bahia Santa Maria.
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Created 13 April 2015
Our overnight passage to Bahia Santa Maria.
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Created 13 April 2015
Our passage to Bahia Asuncion
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Created 13 April 2015
Three days in Turtle Bay
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Created 13 April 2015
Our overnight passage to Turtle Bay.
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Created 13 April 2015
Spent the day tasting some great Mexican Wine.
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Created 24 January 2015
Overnight sail to our first anchorage down the pacific coast of Baja
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Created 24 January 2015
Our sail from San Diego to Ensenada. We left at 0430 so we could get into Ensenada before dark.
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Created 20 December 2014
Our journey to San Diego
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Created 13 September 2014
A short sail to Oceanside Harbor
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Created 13 September 2014
Today we left Two Harbors and sailed to a guest dock at Dana West Yacht Club.
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Created 13 September 2014
Sept. 1st we started our firs leg to San Diego.
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Created 12 September 2014