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.

26 April 2018 | Algodones Bay, San Carlos,Mexico
25 April 2018 | Middle is the Sea of Cortez
25 April 2018 | Sea of Cortez
24 April 2018 | Marina Fonatur, Santa Rosalia
22 April 2018 | Punta Chivato
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


26 April 2018 | Algodones Bay, San Carlos,Mexico
Bill/quite breezy
We're now in Algodones Bay just outside San Carlos where we dropped the anchor earlier this morning after coming over from Santa Rosalia. We'd planned on stopping at Isla Tortuga, a volcanic island about 23 miles east of Santa Rosalia for the night and then continuing on early this morning but we just couldn't find a safe place to drop our anchor and there was a bit of swell coming in which didn't help. Up to that time,about 1430, we'd had no wind to help us along. As we moved east of the island, we had wind!!! Not a lot but enough that we could raise the sails and stop the engine. It was strange actually sailing since we have done so little since we left Panama last year. The winds were either nonexistent or from the wrong way. Now we were doing what we wanted--sailing. We engaged our Hydrovane to do our steering and sat back in the cockpit and played some cards as we glided along all time telling each other it was strange to be actually sailing. Well, that lasted about 30 minutes and then the winds died!!! Just not fair!!! We started back up the engine and continued on leaving the sails up. Since we didn't stop at Tortuga, we had another 50 someodd miles to get to San Carlos and that meant a nighttime entering of an anchorage, something we try to avoid. Fortunately, we've been in Algodones before so that helped. We pushed on, motor purring away below and after several more hours, we finally felt some wind!! I was below taking a short nap so Tracy came below and after talking, we turned off the engine and reset the sails and our Hydrovane and took off. Winds we in the single digits for a while and then climbed into the low teens and we were zipping right along and this time, it wasn't costing us a fortune in Diesel. Full Genoa sail and a full main and we were doing great. About midnight, it was time to get ready to drop the sails as we were about 3 miles from Algodones. Tracy turned Zephyr so we would backwind the Genoa so I could roll it in and then I went to the mast as Tracy put Zephyr into the wind and I climbed up partway (have steps bolted to the mast)up the mast and as Tracy released the halyard, I pulled the mainsail down, flaking it into a pile as it came down. Tracy then turned Zephyr to head for the anchorage, about three miles away. We could have done this in the bay but felt it to be safer doing it away from the bay. In the end, it was a smart move as the winds accelerated into th low 20s. We would have had to much sail out and that is never a good thing to do. We got into the bay and found a spot on the north west side of the bay, protected by a hill and dropped our anchor in 20 feet and backed Zephyr down and set our hook well in the sandy bottom. I put on our snubber and we yanked on the anchor chain again and really dug our hook in well. We were not going anywhere. We tied down the mainsail, straightened up the cockpit and headed for bed making sure our anchor light was on, both at the top of the mast as well as the light we have at the end of the boom. Being painted a really dark blue can make us hard to see at night. The more lights the better. We passed another sailboat as we entered the bay and could hardly make out his boat as he had just one light and it was down at water line instead of the top of his mast. The only way I saw him was by moonlight and a good eye out.
We slept in till about 0700 but not really sure if the time was right as we had been on daylight savings time and San Carlos doesn't observe it. We had gained an hour.
I'll add another post later in the day.
The picture today is of the side of one of cliffs on Isla Tortuga.


25 April 2018 | Middle is the Sea of Cortez
Bill:sunny and warm
The 105 gallon we took ended up costing us $459.00US so about $4.30 per gallon. This stuff isn't cheap anymore down here. We've been motoring pretty much since leaving Panama and it's cost us a bunch since we've had no winds(like right now). Calm with flat seas. RATS!!!
Forgot, they add a 12% fee on top of the cost of the fuel as a dock fee.

On our way to Isla Tortuga

25 April 2018 | Sea of Cortez
Bill:sunny and warm
We left about 10:00 after taking on 400 liters of diesel. Didn’t fill the tanks but made a decent dent in what we needed. Will get more either at San Carlos or up in Penasco. We’ll see how it goes. Forecast was for some NW winds today but none have shown up so far. Going to Isla Tortuga for the night and anchor on the south side then over to San Carlos tomorrow. About 50 miles so it’s an all daylight trip. If we don’t like Tortuga, we may just continue un this afternoon. We’ll see how Tortuga is.
Sun is bright and temps in the 80s.
Let’s hope for some winds so we can sail. More winds in the forecast for tomorrow.

Into Santa Rosalia

24 April 2018 | Marina Fonatur, Santa Rosalia
Bill/Sunny and hot
We are now tied up to the docks at Santa Rosalia after another easy ride of 27 miles from Punta Chivato and it's huge piles of shells. We pulled up our anchor and set off just after 0800 and I happened to have wifi and could make a call to straighten out a problem back in the US. First I had to figure out how to call the US, never having done so. It took a while but I got it accomplished once I figured out the country codes. Only problem was that I got disconnected and could never get back with them but in the conversation I had with them, they fixed my problem and we could get under way.
We skirted the outside of Isla San Marcos instead of going through a channel between the island and shore to avoid the shoals that are between the island and shore. We could have gone between but it was only a mile farther going around then between and a bit safer. We repeatedly tried calling the marina here but there was no answer and reception with VHF was also poor till we were within a couple of miles where I could ask for a slip. In the end, we got the last slip and it's actually out at the end of the docks with nothing other than the harbor outside us. As each panga passes loaded with fishermen go out, we are rocked in their wakes. No such thing as a "no wake" zone here. As heavy as we are, it's not really a problem.
We went out with a couple off Pincoya, a boat we came up the Sea with since leaving Puerto Escondido though never meeting till yesterday and had dinner at a local restaurant, Gene and Gloria have been around for a while and have explored the Sea of Cortez for several years.
Yesterday, while checking in, we mentioned to he marina manager that we needed water and he made arrangements to have it delivered as the water at this marina is not potable(not really drinkable). It comes in 5 gallon jugs so we ordered in 16 of them and it filled most of our tanks to about 4/5 full which will hold us for a while. The delivery man showed up about an hour after we checked in so it was nice getting that job out of the way. We will be getting diesel tomorrow before we set off for San Carlos. The plan at this point is to go to Isla Tortuga(about 20 miles)and spend the night and then head on Thursday for San Carlos and then up the east coast of the Sea of Cortez. Past Santa Rosalia, there isn't much protection from north winds and with what we have seen and heard, it's all that's in the forecasts. Normally by now, the northers would have ended and we'd be having more southerly blows but not this year for some reason. We do what we have to to get where we need to. The winds for Thursday are supposed to be out of the northwest so it will help us do some sailing(we hope) for a change. It will be nice to actually do what Zephyr is meant to do--sail, instead of motoring. It's been a long haul of just about endless motoring since leaving Panama back in December.
There is a bit of wind due by the weekend so we will be staying in San Carlos for a couple of days before heading out again, ever northward for Puerto Penasco and out haul out.
As we moved northward yesterday we were greeted by a big pod of dolphins as they made their way south, making jumps and spinning in the air as they passed us seemingly going as fast as they could. It made a huge disturbance in the water as they passed us. About an hour later, as I sat in the cockpit, we were greeted by a hug whale as we passed him as he also headed north, just off our port side, about 40 feet as he broke the surface. A majestic creature to watch as it swam along beside us till we passed him by. Probably not a smart thing to disturb a whale as he swims by your boat. Tons of pelicans and other sea birds all screaming at each other and the pelican diving into the water in search of their next meal. The water this far up the sea is remarkably clear and easy to see a ways down plus there is next to no growth on our anchor when we pull it up and that's great to see after the messes we've run into around the world when you pull up your anchor.
Time to head out for some shopping at the Ley market in town and pick up some more tortillas. We are running low and in Mexico, that's just not a good thing.

Punta Chivato

22 April 2018 | Punta Chivato
Bill/sunny and warm
By lunch, 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.
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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Zephyr's Photos - Punta Perico & Bahia Salinas
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A sunken boat along the shore.
Every village must have a church.
Along the Eastern shoreline of Bahia Salinas.
Signs above the door tell what was done there.
A place for tourist fishermen to have lunch.  Closed when we were there.
We have no clue as to what this is for.  It just sits along the shoreline near the beach. Not that old and well built.
Miles of unspoiled beach.  Absolutely pristine.
Looking East  along the shoreline toward the "town"
Looking South along the East side of the island.
Time and wind win when it comes to buildings.
It just comes toppling down.
A bag from the salt factory.
Piles of unused bags.
Abandoned buildings.
The Harbor Master
The mortar losses the fight against Mother Nature.
Thick walls of adobe.
Another shop in town.
Amazingly, this place only closed back in the 1980
Nothing withstands Mother Nature and her winds.
When they left, they left most of their machinery.  Now it is a planter with cactus.
Another shop.
Lots of buildings to explore.  Most in bad condition.
The town(what is left of it) in the distance.
The road to the salt flats where salt water is dried and the salt harvested.  While we could go into the building, we were advised that the salt flats were too dangerous to visit.  We had to turn back.
The salt flats in the distance.
Salt and metal don
The processing machinery.  Or what
They even loft the company safe.
Looking toward Punta Perico where we anchored.  We took Puff to Bahia Salinas.
Along the way in in Puff.  The Eastern shoreline by Bahia Salinas/
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