we left april 7th from san diego on prefrontal winds- some to 25+kts, under jib n jigger.. was a good sail – we didnt run out of wind until salsipuedes, at which time i looked at one of my crew and decided to go into ensenada….. there wasnt much breeze anymore and what we had at that time was flukey and weak. on our way into ensenada harbor, before we actually got to the entrance, the ships bell fell—- oops -i was having thoughts about trying to finish to turtle bay, but the bell made my brane scream we needed to enter ensenada– so we did. we docked at botes juanitos, a friendly and family run organization, where i remained for 1 week, when newport ensenada racers arrived– i was anchored in harbor for that . after the week of anchoring, i docked at ensenda marina for a couple of weeks– found crew i didnt get along withand was gifted a flubug as a result— took 3 weeks to rid meself of that one.
sailing out of ensenada may 6th with juan lu from botes juanitos was a goood trip–we made cedros with only a few major repairs done while underway–sold my avon and nissan 3.5 HP engine for diesel and oil and filters….. by cedros, found the starter wasnt functional anymore— sailed on 25 kt breezes half way down cedros onth einside before running out of air— became becalmed for 36 hours, making fun looking patterns with spot.
dawn monday we finally made it thru the entrance into the bay at the village of cedros, where remained for 4 or so days repairing a starter which turned out to be the wrong one for my perkins 4-108. came off the westerbeke 4-107 that was in the bird when purchased by me.
when finally we were repairwed and everything was functional , we left cedros after a night f partying with some of juan lu’s friends who reside on cedros.
we sailed nicely under reeefed jib and reeefed mizzensail for most of the way to cabo–during the nght north of cabo we encountered some decent brezes measuring 60 kts on our anemometer. we broke 8 ktson speed under sail f or jib n jigger formosa sailing..LOL… most folks i heard have reported 4 kts without reefing….oops– we did receive seas over the bulwarks at the waist of my ship–lol but the cockpit remained dry– these boats dislike quartering seas—- everything waas everywhere– we had a lot of chop but the tops of seas were still not windblown–LOL… rolly ride but fast!!!!
cabo was reached at daybreak– actually the time was 0530— fueled with 20 gallons diesel– felt 20 gallons more appropriate than 15 …. we left with prediction of goood breezes for us, and received glassy seas no more than an hour out of cabo san lucas, lasting until mazatlan.
arrived in mazatlan old harbour with a total of 3 gallons diesel remaining in tanks..LOL……. close one !! i saw the masts of my friends” schooner before we arrived at the opening to the harbour, and we anchored near them — there were 3 sailing boats owned by cruisers on our arrival– patricia belle, schooner, third day, a force 50 ketch, and a cute lil traditional cutter named arctic tern, out of maine.
so faqr, there has been a pacific low offshore stalled, so winds ar eon the noses of those sailing north — looks to be dissipating vs relocating by week‘s end, so my neighbors will be abandoning this harbour for points north…for hurrycame season, it has been recommended i go to marina mazatlan for docking behind the condos, where the wind is blocked, so i will try that, at least until i am repaired again and up and running…..
i still have to repair my alternator bracket, polish my fuel and install a racor system for the fuel lines. a lil diesel wont hurt, either-LOL
i will also replace my bottom fishing gear– was removed from boat while in cedros–oops along with my ipod which was gift to me pior to leaving sd….. oh well– juan lu installed my stereo, so i have tunes again… hooooyaahh..man was worth his weight in 24 kt gold….
i LOVE my formosa even tho formosa my life i will need to work on her– the decorative cap was destroyed by winds when i was using it for anchoring my mizzen preventer–oops—–there are some goood hardwoods here in mexico– will make one out of one of those instead of teak— mebbe will last a lil longer than just 37 or so yrs.>LOL
still seeking souls who desire to sail with me— am always open for crew!!
Martha Warner said:
Great post Zee, made me feel like crew with you. If you meet up with Lori and Rich (T.D.) tell them Martha of sv/Journey says Hi! You’d be hard pressed to find nicer cruisers. Get Rich to show you the best fish taco carts, he’ll know. Guess you’ll have time to do alot of the little things that got put on hold to do some real cruising now. You might be able to score some real cool hardwoods for the caprail project at a steal too. Find a local woodworking artisian… one that’s easy on the eyes would be a bonus!lol
third day left for pismo beach yesterday– we met and spoke a bit, as they were readying for travel…patricia belle leaves 27th for sd…. arctic tern leaves when wind comes from proper direction, as their cruising budget is akin to mine..LOL….. flatter than one crepe.. but i would rather travel light than have many many dollars in a coffer somewhere being eaten alive by usa/state gummints….. go figger…..too many parasites in the retirement funds in usa….