Sirocco Sails to Mexico

S/V Sirocco

Who: Lee Pryor and Cathy Sweet,
Port: Oceanside, CA
21 June 2011 | San Diego
20 June 2011 | 145 Miles from San Diego
16 June 2011 | 275 Miles from San Diego
14 June 2011 | 70 Miles South of Turtle Bay
12 June 2011 | Halfway to Bahia Santa Maria
10 June 2011 | San Jose Del Cabo
08 June 2011 | Between La Paz and San Jose Del Cabo
01 June 2011 | La Paz
28 May 2011 | La Paz
25 May 2011 | En route to La Paz
24 May 2011 | Ensenada Grande, Isla Partida
24 May 2011 | Isolotes
24 May 2011 | Nopolo
22 May 2011 | Ballena
22 May 2011 | Timbabiche
22 May 2011 | Agua Verde
14 May 2011 | Honeymoon Cove
14 May 2011
14 May 2011

Hot, Hot, Hot!

28 May 2011 | La Paz
Yep, it's hot here all right. It's been 95+ degrees everyday. Fortunately Marina Palmira is adjacent to a hotel that allows marina slip renters use of their pool. We've been using/abusing those pool privileges every day.

We've also been busy, busy, busy getting the boat in top notch shape for the bash back north. Thursday we took the mainsail to a sail loft where Bob and Lee put sticky back material down the entire leech of the sail. It really looks like a Minney's sail now. But at least it doesn't have duct tape, yet. Lee keeps saying he is so embarrased about the sail. But it's a North sail, not an Elliot Pattison sail so I keep telling him not to worry.

Yesterday the guys started to change the belts when they noticed the engine driven compressor bracket had broken again. It's been welded twice already. So off it came from the engine (no easy feat) and delivered to a welder. Lee made some design changes that should strengthen the bracket.

Today the guys tested all the bilge pumps including the manual pump. They made some modifications and all the pumps are working perfectly. We also moved some gear around to shift weight out of the bow into the midsections of the boat. This should reduce the effects of pounding from the waves. We also got word from our insurance agent that our deadline to get north of Rio San Tomas has been extended from July 1 to July 15th. That's a good thing because we want to wait a little longer to get started home in hopes the weather systems calm down on the Pacific side of Baja.

Tonight we will test all the lights (running, steaming, disco (no, just kidding). The oil was just changed last week so that task is done. Sirocco has done very well the entire trip and there isn't all that much we need to do to get ready for the bash. But Lee always wants everything working perfectly so I'm sure we will be doing little projects the next few days.

Les George, a friend from Oceanside, will fly down to Cabo to help deliver the boat back. Les delivered Sirocco back last year and did a terrific job so we're glad he can help again. The plan is to leave Cabo on June 22nd, weather permitting.
Vessel Name: Sirocco
Vessel Make/Model: J Boats J/130
Hailing Port: Oceanside, CA
Crew: Lee Pryor and Cathy Sweet,
Lee and Cathy own Sirocco, a 1994 J/130 they purchased over three years ago and had shipped across the country from Rockport, Maine to Oceanside, California. Lee and Cathy have primarily raced Sirocco but decided to slow down and take some time cruising. [...]
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S/V Sirocco

Who: Lee Pryor and Cathy Sweet,
Port: Oceanside, CA