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.
Extra:
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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Zephyr's Photos - San Carlos boat yard
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Under the stern berth dismantling the through hull so the rudder can get dropped.  Lots of screws, nuts and bolts, oh and grease.
Tracy in action with the mighty scraper.
Now she has blue/black toes.
Brackets removed but she doesn
Top pin on the rudder.
Once dropped, the polishing starts to get everything cleaned up.
Down comes the rudder.  It didn
The bottom of one of the deck hatches that is being fiberglassed over.  The steel mending place helped hold the plywood center panel in place after it broke loose about a year ago.  It was time to get them fixed properly.  I
Here are the two hatches all rebuilt side by side.  A nice solid piece of fiberglass they way they should have been built.
The Port side hatch.  Lots of epoxy and sheets of fiberglass.  For the $150 it cost, I can
All reinstalled and ready to be walked on.
Our propeller with the zinc attached to the end of it as well as two(two on each side) more just below it and one below it on the rudder.  One on each side of it also.  As stray electrical current passes through the water, it attacks these pieces of metal and leaves the far more precious stainless steel alone.
Snowshoe asleep behind the Mercury outboard motor stowed in the stern head.
The forward through hull rebuilt.
The through hull with the "plug" taken out for servicing.
The plug that goes in the through hull.  You can see the hole in the center that when it
Blue catching up on missed naps.
After the cleaning.  Nice reflection.
After the clean and waxing.  Nice reflection.
Before the cleaning.
Before the cleaning--Starboard side.
The new arrangement for the lines that raise the main sail.  The line on the left is the main line and the red is the backup just incase the main line should ever break.  It happens more times than you think.
Our Garmin 172C is up and running.  Inow have charts on it to take us all the way down to Peru if we need to.
Here
When the big forward sail(Genoa) is raised, we want to make sure that the line that keeps it up there is NEVER released--even by accident.  So I wire shut the line stopper that keeps the line tight.  It
Looking forward with the mainsail attached to the boom.  The lines going up from the boom are called Lazy Jacks.  They keep the sail from falling all over the deck when we bring it down.
Looking forward.
Sitting in the storage yard with a split tarp.  Summer
In goes the trailer for the move.
The arms are up and cradling Zephyr for the move.
Moved and into place and ready to go back on the stands.
The covers removed and she
Blue
A classic case of Mexican electrical engineering.  Let
 
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