S/V Seychelles

S/V Seychelles leaves SE Alaska, heading to where we don't need fleece and foul weather gear.

14 December 2012 | Mazatlan Mexico
08 December 2012 | Mazatlan Mexico
09 June 2012 | Sea of Cortez
23 May 2012 | La Paz
25 February 2012 | Bahia Tenacatita
18 January 2012
10 January 2012
07 January 2012
22 December 2011 | La Cruz & Puerto Vallarta
12 December 2011 | Islands North of La Paz
11 November 2011
04 November 2011
02 November 2011 | Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo San Lucas
29 October 2011 | Turtle Bay to Bahia Santa Maria
27 October 2011 | Turtle Bay Mx
24 October 2011 | San Diego to Turtle Bay MX
23 October 2011 | San Diego
12 October 2011 | Kona Kai Marina, Shelter Island, San Diego
20 September 2011 | Kona Kai Marina, shelter Island, San Diego
14 September 2011 | Marina Del Rey

Banderas Bay

22 December 2011 | La Cruz & Puerto Vallarta
Nicki
12/17/2011 - 1/6/2012

We left the islands outside of La Paz on Dec. 17th along with S/V Rose of Erin, Damon & Erin Cruz, to cross the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlan. The weather forecast was for northerly winds to 15k, the reality was winds up to 30k. Because we were expecting a light wind sail, I didn't take any seasickness precautions, and ended up being sick the whole 30 hour trip. (I now have a seasick drug that is supposed to still be effective even if taken once symptoms have started.) John on the other hand was thrilled with the sail! We arrived in Mazatlan Dec. 19th and decided not to hang around long, and departed for Banderas Bay Dec. 21st.

Banderas Bay is a large area, containing the towns of La Cruz, Bucarias, and the city of Puerto Vallarta. We spent the majority of our time in La Cruz, splitting our time there between the anchorage and the marina, only taking the boat over to PV to attend our friends Daragh & Cathryn's wedding on Dec 30 and New Years Eve. La Cruz is a great small town that has access to a large area. I could easily spend more time there!

La Cruz, like most towns we've visited in Mexico has a percentage of expats and seasonal inhabitants from the US and Canada. In fact, Linda & Mark http://www.alaskacapitalinn.com/ from Juneau spend several months there each winter. We were able to connect with them and spend some time together. They are such gracious hosts and introduced us to several of their friends and favorite restaurants in the area.




They even included us in their annual Christmas day at the beach. I've got to agree that Christmas in the sun, under a palapa, with cold drinks works well for me!
Photo: Christmas at the beach palapa


Photo: Christmas eve in the marina


Photo: Local English class singing Christmas carols, in English

La Cruz is full of musical people, thus live music could be found most night in one restaurant or another.

We met Daragh & Cathryn and Georgie (the Westy Dog) of S/V Chantey V (hailing port Victoria BC) on our way down the US coast and they have become dear friends. They had planned their wedding before leaving home and had family coming in to join them. We were very honored to be invited to join them on their special day. The wedding was beautifully simple and elegant.



New Years eve we again joined the "O'Nagle" clan for dinner, drinks and fireworks over the bay.
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Vessel Name: Seychelles
Vessel Make/Model: Hylas 49
Hailing Port: Douglas, Alaska
Crew: John Stone & Nicki Germain
About: We have sailed & cruised Southeast Alaska for years. 1991-2004, aboard our Hans Christian 39 PH, "Jolly Mon" , and 2004-2010, aboard our Hylas 49, "Seychelles". We’ve been living aboard "Seychelles" since we bought her.
Extra: After 20+ years of talking and planning we finally departed our home port of Juneau/Douglas, Alaska on June 18, 2011 to destinations south, leaving the fleece and foul weather gear behind!
Seychelles's Photos - Main
Covering winter of '12/'13
66 Photos
Created 17 April 2013
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Created 15 December 2012
Some of the things that have us spell bound by the Sea.
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Created 9 December 2012
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We took a tour up into the Sierra de La Giganta mountains behind Loreto to see this mission, dating back to 1699.
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Created 11 July 2012
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Created 10 July 2012
Time spent in La Paz this spring.
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Created 9 June 2012
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Created 6 June 2012
The Stone family's April visit to Bob's Cabo Pulmo home.
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Created 5 June 2012
44 nm north of La Paz in the Sea of Cortez
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Created 26 May 2012
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Created 25 May 2012
"Galapagos of Mexico", lying about 18 miles off the mainland coast, about 79 miles north west of La Cruz, and about 93 miles south west of Mazatlan.
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Created 24 May 2012
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Created 5 February 2012
Barra de Navidad & Melaque
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Created 22 January 2012
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Created 14 January 2012
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Created 14 January 2012
La Cruz & Puerto Vallarta
54 Photos
Created 2 January 2012
Isla Espiritu Santo & Isla Partida
119 Photos
Created 2 January 2012
A month in La Paz
105 Photos
Created 22 December 2011
Los Frailes & Los Muertose
36 Photos
Created 8 December 2011
Turtle Bay to Bahia Santa Maria
67 Photos
Created 8 December 2011
San Diego to Turtle Bay MX
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Created 1 December 2011
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Created 17 October 2011
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Created 17 October 2011
Passing under the Golden Gate Bridge and views of the city
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Created 26 August 2011
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Created 26 August 2011
The second of our two day passages.
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Created 26 August 2011
Reconnecting with our sailing buddies, the Burns Family
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Created 26 August 2011
From Neah Bay to Newport
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Created 26 August 2011
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks) and Fishermen's Terminal
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Created 26 August 2011
Back into the States.
20 Photos
Created 26 August 2011
Light on pictures, heavy on relaxing and enjoying vacation time!
17 Photos
Created 26 August 2011
Nanaimo & Newcastle Marine Park
20 Photos
Created 26 August 2011
Where we first found summer!
20 Photos
Created 26 August 2011
Where the straights rush by like a river.
20 Photos
Created 26 August 2011
Home of Billy Proctor!
10 Photos
Created 26 August 2011
The First Nations town of Alert Bay, BC was a cultural treat.
20 Photos
Created 26 August 2011
Our first port on Vancouver Island.
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Created 26 August 2011
Didn't take too many pictures. It was mostly low clouds and rain!
6 Photos
Created 26 August 2011
From cast off family gathering, on through SE AK
22 Photos
Created 26 August 2011
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Created 20 August 2011
Pictures of S/V Seychelles
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Created 10 June 2011

S/V Seychelles

Who: John Stone & Nicki Germain
Port: Douglas, Alaska