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

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..

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.
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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Zephyr's Photos - Tahiti and beyond
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Into Point Venus on Tahiti.
Point Venus North of Papeete, Tahiti
A large Banyon tree in downtown Papeete.
The roots of the Banyon tree just about covered the base of this telephone booth.
The Market in downtown Papeete.  Lots of things--fish, meat, clothes, jewelry, and food to eat are all available.
Over to Moorea for the "rally" for the Puddle Jumpers.  Our first look at Moorea up close.
Into the North end of Oponohu Bay on Moorea.
The dancing entertainment.  What these girls do with their hips is downright unnatural!!
A local artist making a pareo for Tracy.  Once she finished painting it, she died it a rich shade of blue to highlight the paintings.
Locals and Puddle Jumpers working with flowers making all kinds of decorations.
A local with lots of tattoos.  It was the abnormal to see a person without a tattoo.
The North end of Oponohu Bay on Moorea.
The torn sail.
Out with the grommet.
Stitch in a new brass ring to reinforce the material.
Add in a covering grommet.
Pound it in place to cover the stitching for the ring.
Stitch on the sail slide and the project is done.
A view from inside Cook
Looking Northwest along the shoreline at Cook
Out into Cook
How to protect your boat from sea growth.  All the natives use this method to keep their boats clean and safe.
Does this camera really work?
Sting Ray City on Moorea.
THe waterfall we climbed up to on Tahiti.
They will climb right up your body looking for food.
Amazing to swim right beside there incredible creatures.
They were everywhere.
A Sea Cucumber.  Watch your step.
Up into the valley on Tahiti.
Raspberry bushes lined the road.  Not a sweet a flavor nor as hairy as the ones back home.
Climbing up to the waterfall with one of our guides.
Higher and higher we went up the hill side.
Along the stream from the waterfall.
Our guide comes here every now and then to get in touch with nature and the spirits in the valley.
A poor picture of the waterfall.  It towered over us.
Another of our guides waling up to the base of the falls.  The wind was amazing from the falls.
An amazing sight to behold.
THere were lots of falls all along the road.  It rains here a lot.
One of the many Mareas along the road.  All built many years ago to worship a special God.
Up the side of the valley.
Looking down the valley floor.
Falls, falls everywhere.
Our stop for Lunch.
Looking up the river from our lunch stop.
A wider view.
The hotel where we stopped.
Our mode of transportation.  We sat in the back with the tarp cover removed so we could stand and see it all.
More rooms at the hotel.
A view down into the canyon.
The cloud enshrouded hills.
Up the calderas walls to the top of the volcano.
The tunnel to the far side of the island.  another world over there.
A view down the other side.
Into the valley with the only fresh water lake on the island at the bottom.
More falls lined the roadway.
The fresh water lake.
Down at the lake.  Another waterfall.
The dam that created the lake.
Another small waterfall we walked past on our way to the lake.  Mud everywhere.
Tracy splattered with mud.
A view up the mountain side.
OK, where to next?
On to Huahine Island.
Out on our walk.  A pond full of lily pads and flowers.
Beautiful flowers in the pond.
The surf roaring into the coral reef a mile off shore.
The Marae by the beach.
Amazing that all these slabs of coral were brought in for the Marae.
Complete with stone carvings.
More carvings in the coral slabs.
Up the hills we went.  Lots of Australian pines along the way.
A view from the mountain looking farther up the side of the island valley.
Small trees everywhere.
One of the overlooks.  Cluttered with trees and bushes but an amazing view.
Wild orchids were everywhere.
Some of the trail was marked with trees banded with blue painters tape.
Looking back at Avae Bay where Zephyr lay at anchor.
Zephyr lays at anchor.  She
The entire bay.  The light area is sand mixed with coral heads.
Parea Village just east of the south point on Huahine.
One of the many trees we climbed over on our trip down the side of the mountain.
More orchids along the way.
Fields of them.
Looking back at Passe Araara outside of Parea Village.
Zephyr at anchor in Avea Bay.
The side of mountain we climbed down.
Where we stopped for lunch after our climb down.  The floor of the restaurant is made up of old coral.
 
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