S/V Sea Dancer

13 June 2019 | Mougins, France
11 June 2019 | Bayeux & Normandy Area
05 June 2019 | Barton Under Needwood
03 June 2019 | Midlands of England
01 June 2019 | Wychnor Park Country Club by Diamond Resorts
29 May 2019 | Atlantic Ocean
24 May 2019 | Queens, NY Leaving for ship soon
07 July 2017 | Isthmus Cove, Two Harbors, Catalina
09 June 2017 | Off Point Fermin
20 May 2017 | Home in Oxnard, CA
12 May 2017 | H-Dock, Channel Islands Harbor Marina, Oxnard
11 May 2017 | H-Dock, Channel Islands Harbor Marina, Oxnard
05 May 2017 | Home in Oxnard, CA
30 April 2017 | San Diego Police Dock Marina, Slip #7
29 April 2017 | Cruiseport Marina, Ensenada
25 April 2017 | Cruiseport Marina, Ensenada
18 April 2017 | Turtle Bay

43rd. Anniversary Trip: Mougins

13 June 2019 | Mougins, France
Don & Bobbi Lehman | Sunny and 70 degrees
13. Mougins: Day 21 – 22
Yesterday June 12 we took a taxi to the airport in Caen, arriving our usual two hours early and forgetting that in the small airports of France you can only check in an hour before your flight. Which was kind of a blessing because it gave us some time to get something to eat. We arrived at our resort around 6:00pm, check into our one-bedroom unit and then walked to the grocery store for supplies.

After sleeping in and waking up later than usual we walked (about 20 minutes and uphill) to the old village of Mougins, with the buildings dating back to the 15th century. It is built on top of a hill that was first occupied by the Romans. The buildings are either homes, art galleries, restaurants or museums. The homes, for the most part, have been in the same families for years, from one generation to the next. Picasso lived and painted here. There were several paintings that we liked and thought about buying, but they won’t fit in my suitcase and the cost of shipping them home would have been too much. We finally found a painting of racing sailboats that would fit in my suitcase and bought it, not by Picasso.
I took several photos of the village, with the above photo one of my favorites. After meditating about it and hours of contemplation, I have finally given the photo a name.

“Cat at the Door”


14. Through Bobbi’s Eyes: Day 21 – 22
I have come to the conclusion that all roads are uphill, it does not matter where we are going, we will be walking uphill and usually up a steep hill for a good part of it. My fitbit tells me that I have climbed 55 flights of stairs today on our walk in Mougins and there really was not that many stairs but it was hilly and winding roads and beautiful and narrow walkways. Oh, and yes lovely little shops and galleries. We were able to chat with some of the artists and had a great day. Yesterday was a travel day and it was a bit more hectic. We went from Bayeux to Caen (taxi) to Lyon (plane) to Nice (plane) to Mougins (taxi) in traffic, it looked like the 405 at 40:00pm. We then walked to the market to buy groceries because the restaurant at the resort is closed. As you might guess, Bobbi was a bit grumpy and the market was an uphill walk! Alas, we got groceries and made it back to our room with food for dinner and for breakfast today so I was in better spirits by the time I crawled into bed for a good night’s sleep and all went well today. Tomorrow we will venture into Cannes. We will take a bus from just a short walk down the road from the resort and I’m told that the Cannes area is more level that the Mougins area. We will be along the coast.

Bayeux & Normandy

11 June 2019 | Bayeux & Normandy Area
Don Lehman
11. Bayeux and Normandy: Days 15 – 20
Day 15, June 7th could be called “Cars, planes & Trains”. We started by returning our rental car, then we flew to Paris, took a taxi to a Paris train station, where we took a train to Bayeux and then another taxi to the house we are staying at. All within six hours, a long day of travel.

We been busy visiting all the sites in and around Bayeux and there are many of them. Saturday, we had a guide who took us around all the D-Day beaches, gun emplacements, museums and the American Cemetery. It was a long, but fascinating day. Sunday, Day 17, we ventured into the center of town to watch the “Liberation Day Parade”, followed by a visit to the Tapestry Museum and the Battle of Normandy Museum. The first museum contains a 246’ tapestry commissioned by William the Conqueror, in the 12th century, to show the history of the battle that took place near Bayeux. Monday, we visited Mount-Saint-Michel, which I posted photos on Facebook. When we got back to Bayeux we visited the Bayeux Cathedral which they started building in the 11th century and the Bayeux Museum of Art. This museum was in a palace that was built in the 12th century which used first century Roman walls for its foundation. Both were fascinating.

Today, our last full day, we just went into town and wandered through the shops and visited the British Cemetery. It was an enjoyable and relaxing day, Bobbi even found a couple of items to buy. Tomorrow we take a taxi to Caen and fly to Nice where we will s
spend a week at a resort in Mougins, a town just outside of Cannes.

12. Through Bobbi’s Eyes: Days 15 - 20
On Friday, our train was delayed 3 times and we were not sure why it kept being stopped. The conductor would make an announcement in French but since Don and I speak no French, we just sat and looked at one another. Finally, we arrived in Bayeux, about 2 hours later than scheduled. It was pouring rain and the wind was blowing like mad. We later found out that trees had fallen on the train tracks and had to be moved off to allow for the train to pass.

We have been having a great time but I am not sure I would use the word relaxing for any of our days. We have averaged 7 miles a day of walking and usually 30 to 35 flights of stairs because all these old buildings do NOT have lifts or as we call them elevators so we are getting lots of exercise each day. Each day has been really interesting and we have met some lovely people. We have learned seen some pieces of history that I have only read about and I have a new appreciation for those who served in World War 2 especially after talking to some to the people here who lived through it and so appreciate those who came and sacrificed to liberate their homes. Our guide was a 5-year-old child who was hit by bomb shrapnel during bombings and our bus driver to Mont St. Michel’s family home was one of the only 2 homes that were left standing after the Omaha Beach invasion. The stories they shared with us were so touching. On Sunday, the people of Bayeux lined the main street of Bayeux for 2 hours prior to the parade with French, British, American and Canadian Flags to celebrate the freedom of their city. Each of the surrounding cities also had parades. The atmosphere around here was electric and the energy was so positive.

The photo is Omaha Beach with nowhere to hide on D-Day.

43rd. Anniversary Trip: Should we Buy a Boat?

05 June 2019 | Barton Under Needwood
Don Lehman | Right Now: Cool and Sunny
9. Day 12 & 13: The Potteries & Barton Marina
We started the day with a drive to Stoke-on-Trent, this is the area that Bobbi lived in 1973 through 1975. We saw the Potteries Museum and a pottery factory. We had planned to drive past the house where she used to live, but the town changed so much (It as only been 44 years) we couldn’t find it on the map and headed back to the resort. It did give us a chance to experience rush hour traffic in the UK and slowed us down about 30 minutes. The slow down was nice, we got to see some of the scenery easier than speeding through it. Except for driving on the left side of the road, everything else is the same. The British drive just as fast as Americans, but they seem to be a tad bit politer or at least that is what I am saying and I will stick with it.

Today, (day 13, June 5) we stayed closer to the resort and only went a couple of miles up the road to Barton Marina which is near the town of Barton-Under-Needwood. The marina has about 200 canal boats ranging from 25’ to about 40’, all with a beam of 6’. They are basically one long room divided into separate living spaces. It also had a small shopping village with about 4 eating places, a cinema and about 7 clothing stores. Kind of a small Channel Islands Harbor complex. The Marina Office even had a Tea Room Café that served breakfast and lunch. Michelle does that give you any ideas?

Just outside the marina was a couple of small lakes with a lot of ducks and a couple of swans, that Bobbi and I walked around. Before heading back, we drove into town to check it out. It was beautiful with a couple small shops in the center, it is basically a bedroom community with lot of great looking houses. Tomorrow we head south again to Warwick Castle.

10. Through Bobbi’s Eyes: Day 12 &13
It’s our next to our last day in England and we will spend it visiting a castle! We decided we would drive to Warwick tomorrow so that we can see the castle and visit Coventry and then we will spend the night close to the airport so that we will not have a long drive on Friday morning when we fly to Normandy, France.

Today we had a mellow day, walking around the Barton Marina. There were some cute little shops and I contributed to the economy here. We did not purchase a canal boat on this trip but we still have France!
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
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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An enjoyable day sail on Brian and Diana Fitzpatrick's beautiful boat.
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May 9th, we left San Diego for our journey home with stops in Oceanside and Long Beach
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Our 11 hour sail from Ensenada to San Diego.
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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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Leaving Turtle Bay on April 22th, spending oe night at San Quintin and then on to Ensenada.
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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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We left Isla Isabel at noon for an overnight run to Mazatlan.
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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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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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Visiting all the communities around Banderas Bay.
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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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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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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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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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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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Spent 4 days in Mazatlan before moving south.
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Our 50 mile sail from La Paz to Muertos and then 190 mile sail from Muertos to Mazatlan.
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A one week cruise to the local islands of La Paz.
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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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A one day stay at Isla Francisco, then a day sail to La Paz the next morning.
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We spent several days at this beautiful bay, including Thanksgiving.
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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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On our way south we stopped in San Juanico and Puerto Escondido. First 7 photos are from San Juanico.
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Crossing the Sea of Cortez to the Baja coast.
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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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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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I joined friends from H-Dock on their cruise to Catalina.
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Photos of our travels in and around Sedona.
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On our way to Sedona we checked on Sea Dancer
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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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Exploring in and around San Carlos.
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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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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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Bahia Concepcion is a large bay that we spent 11 days in at four different anchorages.
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11 day cruise to Bahia Concepcion with stops in 5 anchorages.
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19 day cruise and visiting 6 anchorages along the way.
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Photos of our crossing the Sea of Cortez (formerly called The Gulf of California) from Mazatlan to La Paza.
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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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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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Some of the photos of our six weeks in Mazatlan.
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We left La Paz on December 21, 2015 to begin our passage to Mazatlan
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rags was with us in Baja for about a month.
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A gathering of cruisers at Puerto Escondido
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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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the marina and slip that we will be keeping Sea Dancer in for the summer hurricane season.
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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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Our journey north, up the Sea of Cortez begins.
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A land cruise to Todos Santos, a small artistic village.
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Our time in La Paz
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Our last one day leg to La Paz and the Sea of Cortez
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One day voyage to Bahia de Los Moertos
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Our one day passage to Bahia Los Frailes.
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Our time in San Jose del Cabo.
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Our time in San Jose del Cabo
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Our overnight passage to San Jose del Cabo and Puerto Los Cabos
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Our three days at Bahia Santa Maria.
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Our overnight passage to Bahia Santa Maria.
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Our passage to Bahia Asuncion
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Three days in Turtle Bay
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Our overnight passage to Turtle Bay.
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Spent the day tasting some great Mexican Wine.
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Overnight sail to our first anchorage down the pacific coast of Baja
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Our sail from San Diego to Ensenada. We left at 0430 so we could get into Ensenada before dark.
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Our journey to San Diego
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A short sail to Oceanside Harbor
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Today we left Two Harbors and sailed to a guest dock at Dana West Yacht Club.
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Sept. 1st we started our firs leg to San Diego.
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