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.

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

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.

North cove at Honeymoon Cove

16 April 2018 | On passage
Bill/sunny and warm
North cove from my walk at Honeymoon Cove
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 - My trip to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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The Mercury dealer in Kota Kinabalu
The manager of the store with one of the mechanics
Out van driver on the left and the Mercury manager on the right.
Apartments above the stores in KK.
This place had Hyphalon glue that Richard needed.
The Chicken Rice Restaurant
KFC in KK
How about Taiwan Fish Head Pot lunch.  Only $39 ringgits($13.00 US).  Or you can have Curry Fish Head Pot instead.
Different things are offered at the Chicken and Rice restaurant.
the Natural Restaurant.  Just about deserted.
Kenny Rogers Roasters.
The Christmas tree at Kenny Rogers.  For a country that is primarily Muslim, I was surprised.
No smoking at Pizza Hut.
Table after table of clothes set up in the walkway at the shopping center.
Many towns we have visited have Singer stores.  Lots of machines and fabrics to choose from.
Merdeka Grocery store.  Lots of US goods at premium prices.
Not a tortilla chip to be found.
Downtown in KK>
Any one want chicken feet?
All different types of Tuna.  Some with the mayo already in the can.  Mackerel too.
More American products.
an assortment of salad dressings
Your choice of A side of pork, a chicken or a duck.  All ready for dinner.
 
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