Around the world with S/V Zephyr

The adventures of Bill & Tracy as they fulfill their lifes dream of sailing the world. We've dreamed of this for years and now is the time while the health is still good and there is money in the kitty to make it come true.

22 April 2018 | Punta Chivato
22 April 2018 | Leaving Concepcion Bay
19 April 2018 | 26 45.468N:-111 53.520W
19 April 2018 | 26 45.468N:-111 53.520W
19 April 2018 | 26 45.468N:-111 53.520W
16 April 2018 | 26 22.928N:-111 25.871W
16 April 2018 | 26 22.928N:-111 25.871W
16 April 2018 | 26 22.928N:-111 25.871W
16 April 2018 | On passage
16 April 2018 | On passage
16 April 2018 | On passage
16 April 2018 | On passage
16 April 2018 | On passage
16 April 2018 | On passage
15 April 2018 | Puerto Escondido Marina, Sea of Cortez
13 April 2018 | Puerto Escondido Marina, Sea of Cortez
10 April 2018 | 25 49.555N:-111 18.804W
10 April 2018 | 25 49.555N:-111 18.804W
10 April 2018 | 25 49.555N:-111 18.804W
10 April 2018 | 25 49.555N:-111 18.804W

New Years eve day and night.

01 January 2018 | Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador
Bill/Sunny and hot
It's now New Years eve and the party is going strong up at the pavilion. I have no idea what's going on on the Pacific side of the resort but with it costing $150 for all you can drink and I think it's also all you can eat, I hope they have a great night for what they are paying. Personally, there is no way I could eat or drink that much. Now you do get a nice swimming pool to share with heaven only knows how many other people and a fireworks display that all the resorts along the estuary are having that will be visible for miles around. We plan on staying either out on our dock or our boat or maybe walking up to the concrete pier that connects our docks to the shore. Any way we go, we plan on avoiding as many people as we can and watch the fireworks if we can stay up till midnight.

Earlier this afternoon, we went to a birthday party at home of the expat we visited on Sunday last week. It's about four miles up the estuary. They're known for throwing open their home for expats and cruisers every Sunday and providing a buffet style lunch for a meager charge of just $2.50 a head. Todays meal was a choice of pulled chicken or pulled pork with gravy along with side dishes(brought by the expats and cruisers)of potato salad, lentil salad or a noodle dish. Add in two types of birthday cakes(one store bought and sweet potato cake). The store bought cakes frosting was just about as thick as the rest of the layers of the actual cake. There were at least 14 people at the party. For all of us that are far from home, it's a great place to kickback and have a good time with old friends(some have been here for years) and make new friends as more boats show up. Another boat joined us on the dock on Friday quite tired after coming south through some nasty weather. While the husband(Jason) has been out on big ships for quite some time, it's one of his first longer passage of four days to get here. They were surprised how tired they were when they got here. We have always found the first 3-4 days of a passage to be there worst till the body and mind adjust to the change in schedule that you go through as you do longer distance voyages. Four hours on watch and four hours off with meals at irregular interval and making sure someone is always on watch is tough on anyone, especially if you have not done it before.

Just two hours till the start of the fireworks!

I just hiked up to the party pavilion and they have a live band playing along with a big screen tv showing the band playing at other places. They just went on break and the audio manager just turned up the sound on what was on the screen. Amazing how much of their music has accordions playing in it. No clue how that got into their music. I saw fireworks up in the sky farther up the estuary and firecrackers are going off all along the coast. About 200 people of all ages from teens to people in their 80s, some sitting at tables and some dancing. As for the pig they were to roast, it turns out that they take a pig and filet it open and lay it flat and then put it on a steel rack that keeps it flat and then its placed close to the fire and cooked. I saw at least two already finished and another still near the fire being cooked. Long buffet tables with tons more food for the partiers. It's going to be a long night. From what we heard, the party on the Pacific side is set to continue till 0800! Now that's a LONG party.

It's now New Years day and all is quiet here at the marina. We sat on deck from about 2340 waiting for the fireworks to start as the music continued to blast from the pavilion on shore. Scattered displays were going off up and down the estuary all evening long. As we neared midnight, the countdown started and when they got to midnight, everyone up and down the estuary exploded in aerial fireworks and firecrackers. The sky above Zephyr was lit by huge aerial shells exploding over and over. Across the estuary at another resort, they lit up the sky as well. There were dozens of displays as far as the eye could see. It was amazing. We've never been so close to these displays and the explosions of the shell was loud and rapid as hundreds of rockets lit up the nights sky. Add in the full moon and it was quite dramatic to see. As for the music, it seemed to shut down about 0040 and after that, just the explosions of firecrackers continuing along the shore. We came below and headed for bed. It had been a long day and we were ready for a good night sleep.
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Vessel Name: Zephyr
Vessel Make/Model: Shin Fa 458
Hailing Port: Denver, Colorado
Crew: Bill & Tracy Hudson
About: We've been sailing since the early 80's on lakes in New Mexico and Colorado and finally took the plunge and bought Zephyr.
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We moved on board in April of 2008 and have been working and sailing her ever since. Up to Alaska and down to Mexico and across the Pacific to Fiji. From Fiji to the Philippines and down to South Africa for Christmas 2015. We've now made it to the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal. With [...]
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The electrical connection with switch for the new Spectra Watermaker.
Our new watermaker--it still needs the hoses run but we are getting closer to getting the job done.
La Panga Restaurant and Marina Palmira office
You put your trash out in trash cans by the curb.  Here, they put it in raised steel containers to keep animals out of it while awaiting pickup.
OK, sounds like a restaurant I want to try.  Nothing wrong with a skull on the sign.
Boats in Marina Palmira.
Bigger power boats in Marina Palmira.
More boats in Marina Palmira.
Marina Costa Baja
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Looking West from the marina.
Looking North towards the hotel La Fiesta.
Boats at Marina Costa Baja.
We sat for quite a while just watching the sun go down and see all her changing colors.  Each night provided a whole rainbow of colors.
La Fiesta Hotel.  Nice place and just about empty.
Matt getting some relaxation at the pool.
They stroll the docks each day.
Along the sidewalk at Marina Costa Baja.
Looking down from above.  Boy, it
The view from the top of the mast of the marina.
Out into the bay.
The "Beach Club at the hotel.
More of the Marina and the hotel.
Pangas along the beach at Los Muertos.
The dingy dock at Los Muertos.
Looking out from the restaurant at Los Muertos.
Pelicans and the pangas along the launching ramp at Los Muertos.
The Sun glinting off the bay at Los Muertos.
What used to be the Giggling Marlin restaurant.  Now El Carbon.
Rock walls out by the dingy dock at Los Muertos.
One of the flying Manta Rays at Los Frailes.  Look closely.
More flying Manta Rays at Los Frailes.
The Eastern end of Los Frailes.
Ensenada de Los Muertos.
The ceiling of the restaurant at Los Muertos.
Blue goes hunting.  She knows there is something on the barbecue grill
With her toes spread, she is weaving on the life line.  The camera is still, she is not!
At anchor in Los Frailes.
The anchorage in Los Frailes.
At the pot luck dinner along the beach in Los Frailes waiting out the wind.  The wind won!!
Our new Fender Step.  It will make coming into dock much easier.
Our new Spectra 200T watermaker.  Now all we have to do is find the time to install it.
The Immigration Office in Ensenada, Mexico.  At least it is all in one building now instead of spread all over town.
The big flag by Baja Naval Marina.  An easy land mark to navigate to.
The Port Captain
The Mexican courtesy flag flying from our mast spreaders.
Celebrating crossing into Mexico.  The white wine had gone bad so we gave it to King Neptune instead.
Looking towards Ensenada Harbor.
 
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