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.

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
10 April 2018 | 25 49.555N:-111 18.804W
06 April 2018 | 25 42.410N:-111 12.954W
06 April 2018 | 25 42.410N:-111 12.954W
06 April 2018 | 25 42.410N:-111 12.954W

Into Bahia Concepcion

19 April 2018 | 26 45.468N:-111 53.520W
Bill
We were up nice and early this morning just before sunrise and pulling up the anchor before 0700 and underway. The motor, of course< was doing it's job as there was no wind to help us along. We had a good 50+ miles to cover today and that's a long trip by Baja standards. A couple of the boats that had been in the anchorage with us had already left and we have no idea when. Firefly was gone sometime early in the night as we never saw an anchor light from his boat. We rounded the point just off San Juanico to calm water and headed northwest along the shoreline. As we headed north, we happened upon a wrecked sailboat along the shoreline up on the rocks. It looked like a trimaran since it had arms coming off it's side. Yellow hull with blue bottom paint. No clue how long it had been there. You hate to see other boats come to an end that way. We headed northwest along the shore seeing the occasional pod of dolphins but even they were few and far between. We are getting to the area of the Sea of Cortez that many boaters never come to as seems to be as far north as most will ever go. It's as far north as we went back in 2010.. This time, we are heading much farther north to the end of the Sea. We will be pulling Zephyr from the water at the far end so it's closer to the US and a much shorter drive from Denver when we come back. We still have to go to San Diego to get our replacement dinghy sometime this Summer. Going to be interesting hauling a dinghy back on the top of our car. We are now anchored in Posada Concepcion and have the place to ourselves as most of the boats stopped at Playa Santispac, a mile or so east of where we are. Seven boats stopped there and dropped their anchors. We didn't want to be in a crowd so we headed just a bit farther west and dropped our anchor. Winds are forecast from the northwest tomorrow and we got some of them late this afternoon just as we were about to make the turn into Concepcion Bay. It's piped up to the mid teens and right on our stern. Depths under us were continually going up and down, from 50 feet to 7 feet, It was strange as there was nothing in the charts from the 1870s telling us to expect this. Yes, the 1870s are about the newest charts for where we are so we will be watching our depth sounder for much of the rest of our trips up here. We will probably be here just a few days before heading back out. as we have to move when the weather lets us. We had internet when we arrived over at Playa Santispac but it's not working where we are so it's back to the SSB to get this posted . We should have internet over the next few days so I can post some more photos.

Boats leaving the anchorage.

16 April 2018 | 26 22.928N:-111 25.871W
Bill
Yesterday as the sun went down, we had 13 boats here in the anchorage with the forecast for more winds early today and then dropping off this afternoon. By just after sun up three boats were gone. by noon, 6 more had left and we were down to just four boats, all tucked up in the north anchorage. As the afternoon progressed, the wind started growing and are now in the low teens with lots of whitecaps coming down the sea. We watched as one sailboat headed out about mid morning and as they went around the cape, they got hit by the big swells and bucked all over the place with the bow going up and down in the swell. Not nice way to move. Some of the boats headed north(sail boats) and some headed south(power boats). The power boats were headed back to Puerto Escondido and why, we have no idea other than they just wanted to go back there. Three took off with in an hour or so of each other. As for the sailboats, they wanted to make it to Pulpito, as small crook in the shoreline that would offer some protection from the north winds. Instead of them slacking off, they just got bigger and our wind generator is spinning nicely on the stern making some volts for the batteries. Supposedly, by tomorrow, the winds are doe to slcken a bit and we will be off the the 50 mile shot to Conception Bay farther up the north coast. Again, we have been there before and had a nice time(other than when I ate clams and got sick--allergic). Lots of nice protection for everyone with anchorage on both sides of the long narrow bay. Heck, we might even have internet for a change. Lots of people live along the coast so they should have cell phone coverage. We just had a power boat come in(Angels Pearl) from the south and drop anchor off our port bow in sort of shallow water and pull back and set their anchor. Earlier in the morning, we headed into shore to get rid of trash and take a hike over to La Ramada to show another cruiser(Bob off Nightfly) where we had spent Monday night while he was anchored in San Juanico in the wind and swells. He agreed we had made the best choice going over there. There is a "Cruisers Shrine" tree on the shore here in San Juanico full of talismans from previous boats. We'd left one when we were here back in 2010 and it has long since vanished so we hung up another. I'll post of picture of it when we get internet. Hundred of boards, shells, stones and even a bottle or two hanging from this tree in the middle of nowhere covered with the names of hundreds of previous boats. During our hike over to La Ramada, I picked up some of the "Apache Tears", small pieces of obsidian from a long dead volcano that littler the dirt and sand along the past/roadway. Legend has it that as the Apaches were about to be defeated in battle, they threw themselves off a cliff, rather than be caught. Their widows tears turned to stone as they cried after they found out about their husbands. Some are as small as peas and some as large as small nuts. I picked up some to replace the one I lost years ago in Antigua when my pants got washed and it was left in the pocket. Tomorrow, we should be off early(about 0630 and heading north for Conception. At least that's the plan unless the winds and swells keep running. No reason to rush unless we have to. Meanwhile, enjoy the sun and stay out of the winds..

It's like litle Puerto Escondido

16 April 2018 | 26 22.928N:-111 25.871W
Bill
We left on Monday and so did apparently a few other boats to head north while the winds and waves approved. As we got to San Juanico where we had planned on stopping, the winds were out of the east to south east with swells to match. For most of the trio up, it was just about about no winds and calm seas till we got a few miles outside of San Juanico and then it started piping up and into the mid teens with a fair amount of swells to go along, We decided to go around the corner to La Ramada, a small cove on the north side of San Juanico and nice and protected for any winds or swells from just about anywhere but north. It was a nice calm night. On the way up, I called Albatross, a larger trawler that was going into San Juanico and he told me there were three boats in there already and we knew there was at least one more behind us. We started in but just found it was too rocky and made the right decision to head around the corner where it was nice and calm. It was a nice night though my vertigo came back. We did another of the Eply Maneuvers and I took some meds and took it easy and today, all is well other then a slight headache. We pulled up the anchor just after 0800 and headed back around the corner to San Juanico and found that the three that had been there when we tried the day before has swollen to 8. During the late morning and early afternoon, it grew to 14 and there is still lots of the afternoon to get some more though the winds have now shifted around to be coming out of the north to northeast which makes it harder to get here from down south. All of these boats have come out of Puerto Escondido during the lull in the winds on Monday. It was the great escape. We launched Puff and headed for the south side of the bay to do some exploring. We were there back in February of 2010 and it was nice to see the beach and rocky cliffs again and stroll along the beach. With the winds blowing, it was a bouncy ride back but we stayed relatively dry for the trip. Tomorrow, it's off for the north beach and a search for Apache Tears, small chunks of obsidian that are found along the paths and roadways from long ago volcanic eruptions. I carried one as far as Antigua where it got lost in the laundry when we forgot to take it our of the pocket in my pants. Now is the time to find another.

La Ramada--not the hotel

16 April 2018 | 26 22.928N:-111 25.871W
Bill
As I wrote earlier when we were passing Loreto and we could get internet, we dropped the mooring lines and set out for San Juanito, about 36 miles north. Of course, there was no wind but the engine was doing fine. As we continued north, we saw a couple of boats on our AUS(Automatic Identification System) that were also headed for San Juanico. No big deal as it's a big enough bay to handle lots of boats. Bad this is that by the time we got there, about 1430, the winds had finally kicked up--our of the southeast to about 14 knots with the swells coming along for the ride. At about 2 to 3 feet, the boats that were already in there were bouncing up and down in the swells and the winds. OK, time to rethink our plans. When we were here back in 2010, we hiked over to a nigh cove on the north side of San Juanico called La Ramada. The bottom was sand the there was a nice beach and it would protect us from all the south winds and swells. We started heading in and changed out minds and went about a mile farther around the headlands and into La Ramada and we have it all to ourselves, at least for now. Another boat could come in but we only saw (AIS)one behind us and it was headed for San Juanico so no problem. We may end up having it all to ourselves(YEA!!). The winds are still blowing out around the corner and we are sitting nice and calmly with the wind generator spinning on the stern. We ended up getting in about 1500 after about 38 miles, all under motor as the winds didn't show up till we were about 3 miles from our destination. We dropped the anchor and put our sail cover back on and are settling in for the night. Tomorrow, the winds are supposed to shift around to the north west but we can always move if it gets rough. As for my veritgo, it seems to be alright now but I'm taking it a bit easy as I'm not really sure about it's cause but yesterday if I tilted my head backwards, tie world just started spinning. Today, not so much but we will see how it is tomorrow.

Caleta Candeleros Chico

16 April 2018 | On passage
Bill/sunny and warm
Here we are at anchor in the killing fields of Candeleros Chico

Zephyr at anchor

16 April 2018 | On passage
Bill/sunny and warm
Here we are at anchor in the middle lobe of Honeymoon.
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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Our visit to the famous "Mushroom Rock" bay.
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Still heading South but now in Cabo San Lucas
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Making our way South along the coast of Mexico
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