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.

20 December 2017 | Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador
20 December 2017 | Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador
20 December 2017 | Bah
20 December 2017 | Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador
20 December 2017 | Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador
20 December 2017 | Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador
20 December 2017 | Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador
20 December 2017 | Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador
20 December 2017 | Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador
20 December 2017 | Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador
20 December 2017 | Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador
19 December 2017 | Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador
17 December 2017 | 13 16.974N::-088 54.290W
14 December 2017 | 09 52.008N::-085 30.792W
09 December 2017 | 09 44.542N::-084 59.35W
09 December 2017 | 09 44.542N::-084 59.35W
09 December 2017 | 09 44.542N::-084 59.35W
09 December 2017 | 09 44.542N::-084 59.35W
05 December 2017 | 08 04.62N:-082 50.96W
04 December 2017 | 08 04.62N:-082 50.96W

Punta Chivato

22 April 2018 | Punta Chivato
Bill/sunny and warm
By l inch, we were approaching Punta Chivato after an easy ride. No wind of course but we took it in stride. After lunch, we headed for shore to visit one of the best beaches for shelling we have ever seen. Over a mile long and from what it looks like, a foot deep in some places, were thousands of shells. We wandered up and down the beach adding some to our collection before heading back to Zephyr. It’s finally getting hot here. About time. Tomorrow, into Santa Rosalia.

On the way to Punta Chivato

22 April 2018 | Leaving Concepcion Bay
Bill/sunny and calm
Got under way this morning at 0715 and heading the 25 miles with no head wind. Just a quick post as internet comes and goes out here.
More after we arrive.

Odd jobs and lunch

19 April 2018 | 26 45.468N:-111 53.520W
Bill
We're still sitting here in Concepcion Bay up the Sea of Cortez waiting out another day of mid teens wind from the northwest. It started up late this morning and is expected to be in the high teens by afternoon and slowing up over night so we can get out of here tomorrow and head up to Punta Chivato, about 20 miles northwest of here. Our guide book says there is a wonderful shell beach good for exploring and there is some protection from north winds should they come up. An easy hop but with no south winds, it looks like another motor day.

I had to replace the cord that connects our computer to the ICOM 802 Pactor Modem as rust had consumed the USB end that plugs into the computer bad enough that sometimes the connection worked and sometimes not. Got me a tad frustrated after a while. Pulled out the cord that goes to our printer and it seemed to work fine but found a shorter one later. Now we can make connections when the weather permits it. With no internet here, it's our source for weather files and forecast. They get updated every 6 hours so I connect regularly to get any new info on the GRIB files.

One of the support beams under the cabin sole has come loose and required some shoring up so I drove a wedge under the support and it should be fine till we get to port where I can get a properly shaped chunk of wood and epoxy it in to support the beams. It's been slipping for a while and just needs some banging to get it back in place with a wedge.

As for lunch today, we are having another of the "5 can surprises" Tracy goes through the larder and finds different cans that will go together and then mixes and heats them up. With that many cans, it's good for several meals and since we want to get our supplies down before we put Zephyr in storage(first time since 2009), we have lots to go through. Today we have a combo of:Ministrone soup, kidney beans, chick peas, green chili, Italian stewed tomatoes, and a can of Cannellini beans that have gone around the world with us. Add in Basil, oregano, garlic, cumin,and crushed red peppers to put some awesome zip to it and there you have it. Normally five cans and five spices but we added the can of Cannellini since it was so old. This should give us enough meals for several dinners and empty out more from the larder.

I have already checked all the fluids in the engine so we will be ready to go tomorrow as soon as we get up(weather permitting). This afternoon, probably another game of Mexican Train dominoes and maybe another small job or two.

And the winds came.

19 April 2018 | 26 45.468N:-111 53.520W
Bill
Sure glad we made it in to Concepcion Bay yesterday afternoon as it's blowing nicely through the bay and I'm sure much harder outside in the Sea Of Cortez. The boats that chose to anchor in Santispac, just to the east of us are getting nailed much harder with the winds than we are as we have a hill right in front of where we are and they have a semi flat land in front of them allowing the winds and gusts to smack into them. Out wind generator is spinning nicely and making a few volts but we will still have to run the generator later to top us off for the night. Winds are forecast to be in the mid teens all day with gusts into the twenties. We have this part of the bay to ourselves so far and with the winds outside, I doubt that any boats will come in from the south and I'm guessing the swells out there are impressive. It's cloudy and cool and we have most of the hatches closed and just the portlights open for some air. We had to keep the screens in yesterday afternoon as the fly population is quite large here and the yare being a pest and even the kids are trying to catch them. Today with the winds, they aren't coming out to see us. Looking out into the bay from here, there are big swells running from the north right down the bay. Glad we came when we did.

Late last night, I had another bout with vertigo. Not bad but it still lingers as of this morning. Just not sure of the cause. The first time I had it was after having a "Pain Killer"(mixture of Rum, pineapple juice and orange juice). Just one but an hour or so later, I got nailed by the vertigo. Tracy gave me the "Eply Maneuver" and I was a bit better but by the next day I seemed fine, at least till I had another "Pain Killer" a day later. It was back an hour or so later and again lasted through the next day. I've been fine ever since though being careful as I walk around the boat. On land, no problems. Last night, I had A beer and an hour or so later, it was back. Not bad but back none the less. I've go a headache today and have tried some Ibuprofen for all the good it does. Hopefully the headache will go away soon. A bit bothersome. Is the cause of this a sudden aversion to alcohol or is it a virus(suggested by a nurse/cruiser) or is my inner ear just screwed up? No clue but I'm going to refrain from what little alcohol I drink for a while. We will see what happens.

We plan on exploring the rest of Concepcion over the next couple of days and then heading up farther north in the sea.

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..
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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