Sunday, November 24, 2013

La Paz

We have been in the Marina de La Paz for the last week, basically working on the boat, but have managed some sightseeing as well. La Paz is a quaint town after the resort town of Cabo San Lucas. The various taco stands around town are well known and very good, with their fresh fish tacos. Dave and I have been eating quite a bit of Mexican food lately - good thing we love Mexican food! Weather here when we arrived was very hot and muggy, which was a surprise as we expected drier weather in line with Southern CA desert weather. However, the last few days have cooled off and it has become quite pleasant in the 70's. No sight of mosquitoes as yet which makes Gail extremely happy! It seems as though most of our boat issues are due to loose wires, nuts, connections, etc. which is saving us a lot of expense. Today's project is replacing the motor mounts and then Dave will install a replacement bilge pump later this week. After that, hopefully the boat will be back in shape and ready for the next crossing. Keeping our fingers crossed!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cabo San Lucas!

After over 800 miles and ten days, we made it to Cabo San Lucas and what an adventure!  There was the good and the bad and the downright ugly.  The Baja-HaHa Rally comprised of about 125 sailboats.  On this rally down the coast, the following problems were noted among the fleet:
Transmission failures - 3 boats
Engine failures - 2 boats
Lost rudder - 1 boat
Autopilots died - 3 boats
Wind vane broken - 1 boat
Bilge pump failure - 1 boat
Water pump failure - 1 boat
Water makers died - 2 boats
Rigging issues - 1 boat
Sails ripped - 2 boats
Spinnakers tangled in Halyards/Stays - 6 boats
Microwave died - 1 boat

There are probably others, but these are the issues that I am aware of.  Hearing the problems of these other boats really made me appreciate the seriousness of this undertaking, although some more so than others (engines, rudders, and transmissions vs failed microwave). 

The Baja-HaHa Rally officially ended last night with an awards ceremony (we received third place in our division) and the boats are dispersing over the next several days, with many continuing on to La Paz as we will as well in the next few days.  As expected, this journey has brought many highs and lows, and with all of these engine mechanical failures, I am seriously reconsidering my thirty day journey across the South Pacific ocean (a plane flight into Tahiti is sounding really good right now), but we shall see.  Dave may be seriously looking for crew.

For the highs, as expected, we met some really great new people (crew that included an 87 year old grandmother), and attended several well sponsored parties.  The parties in the anchorages were so much fun and we had a great time!  I am also thankful for the wonderful winds we had on the second leg and the fact that our new water maker, new self steering wind vane, wind generator, and solar panels are all working great (and the refrigerator).  May they all continue to do so....

Cabo San Lucas is quite an experience after the emptiness and quietness of our first two stops.  It is quite the resort town with continual loud music (6:00 AM on Sunday morning - please no!!!, hotel parties, and water activities).  We did visit the infamous Sammy Haggar's Cabo Wabo restaurant yesterday where I had the most delicious red chicken enchilada.  Final item of note is that there was a sport fishing contest here the night before last and the prize purse was $1.5M.  There was an extremely happy (and loud) boat that night.  And speaking of fishing, we did not have much time to fish with all our boat issues, but Dave did manage to catch a skip-jack tuna (aka bonito), which neither of us had had before with its dark red flesh.  However, I baked it in the oven and it was rather interesting and tasted good at the time.  Others in our Rally caught marlin, dorado, yellowtail, and one even caught a 300 lb great white shark (he had to let that one go after a picture)!  So as you can see, never a dull moment around here!  Until next time...


Fish was welcome after weeks of chicken and beef!

Rainy Start in San Diego

Welcome Break between Legs