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 March 2018 | 24 33.998N:-110 24.440W
09 March 2018 | Mazatlan, Mexico
08 March 2018 | Punta de Mita, Mexico
07 March 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
07 March 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
07 March 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
07 March 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
07 March 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
07 March 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
07 March 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
24 February 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
24 February 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
24 February 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
16 February 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
14 February 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
11 February 2018 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
10 February 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
06 February 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
04 February 2018 | 18 22.5N:-103 50.9W
26 January 2018 | 18 22.5N:-103 50.9W

Into Ensenada Grande

16 March 2018 | 24 33.998N:-110 24.440W
We pulled into Endsenada Grande about 0730, 46 hours after leaving Mazatlan. In total, about 240 miles, all of it motoring or motor sailing.. The lack of wind was expected and what we had hopped for as it normally comes out of the northwest making it much harder to get here. With no wind, it wasn't cheap getting here but it was trouble free. As we moved along, I typed periodic updates of where were and how were were doing and what we had seen but I did it on the IPad figuring I could upload it on the internet once we made La Paz but, since we delayed our arrival till the parts we ordered came in, that won't be for about a week or so. Sorry!

As for the last day or so getting here, well the day started out nice and sunny and quickly turned overcast and threw in some fog late in the evening just to make the trip more interesting. We saw a few boats from time to time and more on our AIS but most avoided us staying many miles away. With AIS, they can see us and make sure we are well off their course. Once the fog cleared earlier this morning, the stars were out beautifully in the night sky. Now that we are at anchor, we can sit out at night on the stern deck and watch them though the incredible dew that soaks the decks every night might make us rethink that. We;ll see tonight. As we got closer to the top end of Isla Partida, I saw a blinking light on the horizon, pretty much right off our bow. I adjusted the auto pilot to starboard so we would go around what ever it was. I checked our chart plotter and found out it was a light beacon on Isla Islotes off the north side of Partida. It's a huge nature preserve with tons of sea lions living there year round and a great place to visit and play with them. We did it 9 years ago when we were last in the neighborhood. As we rounded the point into Ensenada Grande, there were about a half dozen boats of all sizes already at anchor but none in the north cove where we have anchored in the past. Several trawlers as well as at least one charter catamaran in in the big bay. As the morning has gone along(its now 0925, several of the boats have already left but it's a big party place on the weekends so it could be a loud night ahead.. We will see tonight. I'll post my long post about our trip as soon as I can.

The trip to Mazatlan

09 March 2018 | Mazatlan, Mexico
Bill/sunny and cool
We are slowly making our way north towards Mazatlan having left the dock in darkness of 0600, taking care that we didn't hit any boats nor channel markers and the huge hoses the dredge uses to pump out the sand. Tracy was at the bow telling me where to turn and which way. The channel away from the marina isn't well lit so she paid close attention as I steered in darkness.
We cleared the channel shortly after 0615 and took off across Banderas Bay heading for Punta de Mita and the start of the Sea of Cortez. We were headed for Mazatlan taking advantage of a lull in the winds that come down the sea making heading north a lot harder. We've been out for five hours and have rounded the point at the north end of the bay and are heading north north west at about 5.7 knots making our arrival sometime tomorrow afternoon. We have the mainsail up but it's mainly to keep us from rolling in the swells should they start hitting us on the beam.
We have three other boats along with us, all from the La Cruz Marina and each doing about the same speed we are so it's a nice flotilla of sailboats motoring along.
This weather window was originally supposed to last till late Sunday but now is going to end on Saturday but we will be safely at one of the marinas where the kids can relax again. Blue made sure to exercise her right to protest our leaving the marina by throwing up on the floor as well as the settee cushions but at least neither is showing signs of sea sickness they usually do with foam and drool coming fr,om their mouthed. Snowshoe started out in the cockpit but is now in the stern stateroom sleeping while Blue is lying out in the main cabin just counting the hours till we are nicely tied up again. They both made it around the world with us but just don't show the excitement we have for the trips we take. It's going to be interesting when we take them back to our home in Colorado. Both are used to spending lots of time outside and that just isn't going to happen there.
We've had lots of porpoises and tons of turtles since we started with the porpoises swimming at the bow and the turtles just lazing in the sun getting warmed up, their shells looking like big coconuts in the water.

It's now Friday morning at 0415 or maybe 0515, We think Mazatlan is on a different time zone. Our iPad has changed the time zone automatically even though we have no internet out here. Still 43 Miles to go so we should be in about noon, the time zone makes a difference as we are shooting for slack tide in the estuary we have to go in to get to our new marina. From what it looks like, we may be coming in when the tide is rising so the incoming water might push us in. There isn't that much of a tide so it may not be a big deal.
As for the three boats we have been traveling with, one was going much faster then the rest of us and is far ahead of us. One is going slower and is far behind us and the third boat,Dodger Too, is about a mile dead ahead of us, maintaining almost the same speed we are though we have gotten a bit closer over the last five hours.
What winds we had died off after the sun went down so it pretty calm water around us but we do have some fog to contend with. Hopefully it will burn off when the sun comes up.
Last nights five hour "off duty" sleep in the stern cabin was the most comfortable I've had in quite a while. With the engine going, it has warmed up the cabin nicely so it's a better temperature as far as I'm concerned for sleeping. We don't really have any thicker blankets on board having sent them back to Colorado years ago. When it a constant 80 at night where ever we went, we didn't really need them but will need to get a couple, maybe in Mazatlan.
One place we do want to revisit from our stay here years ago is a restaurant "Fat Fish". They serve the most amazing plate of barbecue beef rinpbs since we used to eat at "Countyline Restaurant"back in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. A huge plate that if you show up for "Happy Hour"you get two plates for the price of one!! I'll take some pictures when we go ther, probably Saturday night.
Tracy is off watch and catching some sleep below as I watch our progress. It's been a quiet trip with lots of porpoises and tons of turtles in the water as we move along. Add in some bioluminescence in the water stirred up by our movement and it's an amazing sight to see.

It's now 0735 or maybe 0635, not sure about the time zone still but we are still moving along at about 5 knots so landfall isn't until sometime after lunch as we still have about 30 Miles to go having covered 140 since 0600 yesterday, all under motor. We do have the mainsail up but it's mainly to stabilize Zephyr should beam seas hit us. So far none have and we are just gliding away. The fog that rolled in late last night is still with us and we have visibility of about 500 yards and then it whites out. It that's better then it was earlier. As for our companion boat, Dodger Too, he's just over a mile ahead and just to our starboard side so we don't get to close. He's doing about the same speed since we are both stuck in a slight bit of adverse current that's slowed us down over night. We had been doing in the high 5 knot to 6 knot range but are now just at 5 which is fine. I'm sitting in the cockpit under a blanket with a fleece jacket on just waiting for the sun to break through this mist. We have tons of dew on the deck and the dodger windows making seeing a bit harder so I peer around the back edge of the bimini to see what is in front of us. Our radar died years ago just off the coast of Africa and we've never replaced it as we rarely used it in our travels. This is the first fog we've been out in since we left the west coast of the US years ago. I just took another look out and the fog is slowly lifting so that I can now see Dodger Too 1.5 miles away.

It's now 0950 or maybe 0850, we still have no internet nor cell phone even though we are just 15miles outside of Mazatlan. Tracy has come back up after getting off watch at 0500 and the fog has settled back in with visibility down to a couple hider yards maybe. Our AIS only shows Dodger Too ahead of us and no other boats in the vicinity but we keep watch for local fishermen that may be out here. While the sun is now up, we've kept our navigation lights as well as our steaming light(forward facing light half way up the mast)so another boat might se us better. We press on now doing close to six knots and due in about lunch.
Tracy just checked a program on her phone and yes, Mazatlan is an hour earlier than Puerto Vallarta so we will be adjusting all the clocks on board again. At least the sun now comes up at 0620 instead of 0720. Weird having it dark so late.

It's now just after 1600 and we are all checked in at Marina Fonatur here in Mazatlan. Pulled in just before noon and we're glad the fog finally burned off about 1030. Got all tied up, checked in and had a great lunch of a BLT! Tracy sure can make a great lunch.
Now we start looking for parts we need. Going to try the morning VHF net.
The picture today is of some of the dolphins that were playing in the water off Zephyrs bow as we motored North. The water was so clear that you could look down from the bow and count their spots as they raced in front of us.

On our way.

08 March 2018 | Punta de Mita, Mexico
Bill/sun just came up.
We dropped our dock lines at 0600 and are on our way to Mazatlan, about 175 Miles north of Puerto Vallarta. We’re doing about six knots under power as there is no wind and hope to be there by 1300 tomorrow. We see another two boats so far coming with us. A 30foot sailboat and a 35foot power boat. Should be more joining us as it’s a long way to go and still get in in day light.

More pools.

07 March 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
A pool made for more quiet activities.

Three pools!

07 March 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
There are three pools on the grounds, one for kid play, one for adult play and one to do laps in if you want.

Paradise Village beach activities

07 March 2018 | Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
There’s organized beach volley ball in the afternoon plus many more activities either on the beach or at the pools(three of them).
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.
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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