|Denis and Rosario - they survived!|
The great thing about spending your second year Cruising the same area is that your friends finally know where to find you and come for a visit. Since I returned from working in Vancouver for the month of January, we have hosted three different sets of friends on board. Our first guests were fellow Bluewater Cruising Association members Rosario and Denis. They recently upgraded from a 27 foot Catalina to a 42 foot ketch and were hoping this trip would give them some insight into what it is like to “live the dream”, which they are planning to do in a few years. They may have got more than they bargained for…
|Choppy seas in the La Paz channel|
The next day we entered La Paz despite the port being closed - we’d never seen the channel so rough. Luckily our good old Rocna anchored us to the sea floor despite the contrary strong wind and currents.
The next day we did a crew change. Despite the raging Norther creating huge seas in the anchorage, Gary managed to get Denis, Rosario and their luggage over to the marina, and deliver our second guests, Lynne and Nadine’s gear back to the boat safely (ie, dry). Unfortunately we can’t say the same for Nadine and Lynne themselves. I can’t remember ever being so wet on a dingy ride…
|Nadine and Lynne|
Lynne and Nadine are friends from the Vikings Sailing Club down at Jericho. They both love to sail and were probably a bit disappointed that the harbor was closed for the first 2 days of their visit so we couldn’t leave. Luckily, Carnival was on in town and so there were other things to do and see.
|Only in Mexico - a "my little pony" float during Carnival|
|Neil and Maureen - The marriage test-SUP'ing to shore|
The weather then finally started to settle down into the more typical winter pattern. This was just in time for our third set of guests, Maureen and Neil. I worked with Maureen at STEMCELL for 10 years before I left on my leave-of-absence and she retired. We just got back from an idyllic 7 day trip in the islands, where we actually had to motor about 75% of the way (which was a good thing as we needed to run the water maker).
|The first calm seas of the entire season|
|Idyllic Isla San Francisco|
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end though. We arrived back into La Paz last night just in time for the winds to crank up again. It is currently blowing a hoolie out here in the anchorage and the waves are as big as we’ve ever seen them. We both got absolutely drenched upon returning to the boat from a diesel jerry can run. Luckily things are supposed to calm down again later today, in time for us to complete a long list of boat jobs before we head north next week up to the Loreto area to meet our next sets of visitors.
You may remember from our previous posts that this winter has had some spectacular sailing.
Denis and Rosario experienced the best of the season although a certain someone was less than enthused. When Lynne and Nadine joined us we got more of the same as soon as the wussy port captain decided conditions were boring enough to let us go out.
|Completing some sewing projects|
I mean what sailing adventure can possibly be fun when it involves sewing. To add to that the Gary curse continues still. Neil has done many things including spending time as a commercial fisherman… You’d think if anyone could break the curse it would be him. Well, think again. Despite hearing calls of joy on the radio about fish catching galore, none were to be had by us. I even left the boat one night in the hopes the curse was proximity related. Not to be.
|The "Gary Curse" continues...|
Last night we had another norther kick up and the winds are fantastic again. Hopefully we will still have some of the sailing season left by next week when we try to head north up to Loreto. Transferring jerry can after jerry can of diesel sucks…
Some pics taken with our new camera this season:
|Pelicans on the bow|
|Gary on the cliff edge: Isla San Francisco|
|Frigate bird hatchling|
|Male frigate bird|
|Another pelican on the bow|