Sirena

"Sail fast and live slow"

09 December 2013
02 December 2013
17 May 2013 | La Paz
13 May 2013 | Mazatlan
10 December 2012
03 December 2012
03 December 2012 | twenty miles from Loreto
03 December 2012 | Santa Rosalia to Santo Domingo
13 November 2012 | Puerto Escondido
13 November 2012 | Santa Rosalia
01 May 2012 | Mazatlan, Mx
29 April 2012
07 April 2012 | Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
11 March 2012

Bob and Carol onboard Sirena Oct. 2013

21 November 2013
Connie
Bob and Carol onboard Sirena

Bob and Carol, Connie's brother and sister-in-law, joined us for 5 days on the boat. We met them at their time share, Villa del Palmar, in Candeleros bay and enjoyed lunch at the resort with them. The next morning, Ed took the dinghy ashore to pick up Bob and Carol from the beach. As soon as they were on board we raised the anchor and headed for Honeymoon cove on Isla Danzante. We were in luck because the anchorage was empty and it's so small there is only room for one boat. It's a beautiful little anchorage, narrow with high rocky walls, and a white, sandy beach at the head of the bay. It had clear, turquoise water and we could see lots of fish, so we quickly got out our snorkel gear and jumped in the water. We saw lots of different fish and the snorkeling was good except for being a little dark because we had total cloud cover. The clouds were from Hurricane Ramon and they really cooled the weather down from what it had been. After we finished snorkeling, we were on deck, having just rinsed off with the solar shower, when it started raining. We were surprised as rain had not been in the weather forecast. It rained the rest of the afternoon, so we had to put off going snorkeling again. It rained and the wind blew all night and the next morning until 10:00. When it stopped raining we decided to leave and go to another anchorage and hope for better weather. We went to Ballandra on Isla Carmen and the weather was better there. As we were motoring away from Isla Danzante we watched the clouds move in again and the air was thick with rain over the island. We were glad we left when we did. We went snorkeling again in Ballandra and the snorkeling was good. However, the bugs were awful!! When Ed and I swam ashore to get the dinghy on the beach we got swarmed by Bobo's and No See Ums. They were so thick around us that we could hardly get our gear off and get the dinghy back in the water because we were constantly shooing them away. Ed got bit all over his body and I had a white lycra shirt on and it was covered with 100's of black specks. There were a lot less bugs out on the water than on shore so we decided to pick up Bob and Carol from the water, then made a beeline to our boat. Fortunately we have bug screens on our boat, so that kept the bugs on the outside. There were 2 other boats in the bay that were friends of ours and we got together for happy hour on one of their boats and had a really nice time. Ballandra's shoreline had changed from our previous trips there. It used to have a small stream that meandered through the flat land above the beach then trickled through the sand into the bay. There had been a lot of rain from the remants of several hurricanes and tropical storms and the small stream turned into a raging river and washed out most of the beach and now was flowing into the bay and had created a shoal and sand bar out in the bay. It was quite a surprise to see the nice big sandy beach gone. During the night our weather changed and we could feel the boat bobbing up and down on the waves that were rolling into the bay. Since the wind was forecast to blow hard for several days, we left in the morning and headed for Puerto Escondido, which is a very protected harbor. We spent the last 3 days of Bob and Carols' visit here in Puerto Escondido. We were disappointed that we couldn't show them more anchorages in the beautiful Sea of Cortez, but such is the cruising life, where our travels are influenced by the weather. We rented a car and took them into Loreto to explore the town. We had lunch in a really good restaurant called Orlando's, which was new since we were there last spring. There is also a new grocery store in Loreto called La Ley, which is so much better and has more selection, than the other small stores. So we took the opportunity to get more food for the boat. The next day we wanted to take Bob and Carol to breakfast at a great place called El Borracho (the drunk). Another couple wanted to go with us, so we had to figure out how to get 6 people and luggage in this tiny rental car that was about as big as a small Fiat. The storage area behind the back seat was 1 foot deep, but amazingly held 2 duffel bags and 3 backpacks. Inside we had 3 in the back seat and 3 in the front (Julie sat on Bill's lap in the passenger seat and they had to stay out of the way of the stick shift!) It had little 10 inch wheels and everytime we went over a little bump we all held out breaths!! We had a great breakfast, as always, at El Borracho. It looks like an old cowboy/western saloon with a lot of things hanging on the walls like saddles, stirrups, horseshoes, branding irons, bulls' horns, etc. After breakfast, we took Bob and Carol to the Loreto airport to fly home. Then we went back to our boat to plan for the next leg of our trip to Agua Verde.
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Vessel Name: Sirena
Vessel Make/Model: Cardinal 46
Hailing Port: Newport Beach, CA
Crew: Ed and Connie Quesada
About: Ed and Connie have been sailing together for over 44 years and have sailed on Sirena for over 22 years. Sirena has been to Mexico many times before. We plan an extended vacation to Mexico for four or more months. Stay tune as we take our time through the warm weather down south.
Extra: Slow cruising through Mexican waters
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Sirena's Photos - Main
photos of the marina, Palapa, & Condos. Also El Quilite for lunch and the art walk.
27 Photos
Created 9 December 2013
photos of clouds, s/v Chalet Mer, pelican, sunrise in Muertos
11 Photos
Created 2 December 2013
photos in Partida anchorage and La Paz Revolution Day Parade
44 Photos
Created 1 December 2013
photos of Agua Verde and Sirena towing another sailboat, Dorados that Ed caught, San Evaristo and goats in panga and going to market
27 Photos
Created 22 November 2013
photos in San Carlos and La Picazon restaurant near Isla Coronado
22 Photos
Created 21 November 2013
21 Photos
Created 18 May 2013
11 Photos
Created 13 May 2013
28 Photos
Created 13 May 2013
photos of floats in parade and fireworks. statue of Marcel Marceau on the Malecon is in most of the float pictures.
28 Photos
Created 13 May 2013
12 Photos
Created 13 May 2013
photos of San Evaristo, Isla San Francisco, and Ensenada Grande
19 Photos
Created 10 December 2012
photos around the beautiful anchorage and Thanksgiving dinner aboard Sirena
29 Photos
Created 8 December 2012
photos of Baja's lush greenery
11 Photos
Created 8 December 2012
photos of the mission, it's cemetary, the town of San Javier, and the scenic drive in the mountains
40 Photos
Created 3 December 2012
photos of clouds, rain, and boat storm preparation
8 Photos
Created 13 November 2012
photos of the town of Banos and nearby waterfalls
52 Photos
Created 29 April 2012
Photos of the beach, boat, and iguanas on the sand and in the water
20 Photos
Created 7 April 2012
photos of tortoises, lava tube, craters, beach, and iguana
38 Photos
Created 15 March 2012
photos of Quito from the top of the Teleferico, the center of the world monument, and historic old town
24 Photos
Created 11 March 2012
Photos of the city skyline, the canal, and old town
51 Photos
Created 9 March 2012
photos around the bay, Land Sea marina and cruisers lounge
23 Photos
Created 5 March 2012
4 Photos
Created 26 February 2012
5 Photos
Created 26 February 2012
8 Photos
Created 25 February 2012
photos of the bay, Tambor town, Montezuma, waterfalls, and Butterfly place
42 Photos
Created 25 February 2012
14 Photos
Created 25 February 2012
12 Photos
Created 17 February 2012
photos of entering over the bar, marina, and pool. picture of odd looking fruit is actually cashews. the nut grows on the outside of the fruit
14 Photos
Created 17 February 2012
panga ride in the river estuary and lunch stop
18 Photos
Created 17 February 2012
photos of the cathedral, zocalo, San Diego Fort, riding horses on the beach, and the marina and pool.
20 Photos
Created 30 January 2012
photos around the bay, the cliffdivers, and Las Brisas restaurant
23 Photos
Created 29 January 2012
photos around town and the bay, and Panta Rhei at anchor
20 Photos
Created 28 January 2012
photos of Ixtapa marina, beach, and Bogarts restaurant
14 Photos
Created 27 January 2012
photos around Barra, at the pool, in the water taxi, and the treehouse restaurant
10 Photos
Created 26 January 2012
ultra lights, and hang gliders over the main beach
11 Photos
Created 5 December 2011
photos of the canyons, Hotel El Mirador, and the zip line
40 Photos
Created 23 November 2011
photos of Indians and their homes, churches, Valley of the Mushrooms, and Cusarare waterfall
40 Photos
Created 21 November 2011
photos of the ranch, Yogi Bear, horsebackriding, canyon views and road down to Urique
46 Photos
Created 21 November 2011
photos at Posada de Hidalgo hotel in El Fuerte, including a sword fight with Zorro, and train ride.
25 Photos
Created 11 November 2011
photos of Bahia Candeleros and Villa del Palmar resort, and Ed and the Dorado he caught
23 Photos
Created 31 October 2011
photos around town, marina, church, mining museum, library
34 Photos
Created 27 October 2011
photos of Santispac, our friend Jerry's rock house, whale sharks
26 Photos
Created 5 June 2011
photos of San Juanico bay and cruisers' shrine tree
20 Photos
Created 2 June 2011
photos of the anchorage and the lagoon with Mangroves
7 Photos
Created 31 May 2011
photos leaving Puerto Escondido through the narrow entrance (60' wide) and Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante (Dancer Island)
9 Photos
Created 30 May 2011
24 Photos
Created 14 May 2011
photos from 4 anchorages along the Baja side of the Sea of Cortez
23 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
9 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
14 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
photos around Los Suenos resort and train room
16 Photos
Created 11 May 2011
photos of El Cid Marina and pool and downtown Mazatlan
17 Photos
Created 10 May 2011
photos around Santiago Bay and the bottom cleaning fish
8 Photos
Created 25 March 2011
14 Photos
Created 7 March 2011
pictures around Barra, the Grand Bay Hotel, and the Mardi Gras parade
21 Photos
Created 6 March 2011
pictures of Tenacatita Bay and jungle cruise
13 Photos
Created 2 March 2011
anchored in Playa Rosa in Careyes
14 Photos
Created 22 February 2011
7 Photos
Created 19 February 2011
Super Bowl, Tacos in the Street, Chamela Bay
10 Photos
Created 18 February 2011
Day trip to Puerta Vallarta and acrobatic show on a sailboat
20 Photos
Created 4 February 2011
A day trip to Sayulita and dinner and dancing at Philo's
17 Photos
Created 29 January 2011
marina and town of La Cruz, blessing of the fishing fleet, and festival in Bucerias
34 Photos
Created 25 January 2011
14 Photos
Created 22 January 2011
6 Photos
Created 22 January 2011
19 Photos
Created 22 January 2011
6 Photos
Created 22 January 2011
Mexico adventures on Sirena
5 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 17 October 2010

Ed and Connie

Who: Ed and Connie Quesada
Port: Newport Beach, CA