Thursday, December 25, 2008

Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad everyone. We are finding it very different having Christmas in 30 degree weather rather then rain,snow etc. You notice we said different nor difficult. We went carolling around the docks






and into the lobby of the hotel last night,

Then off to the hot tub and enjoyed an adult beverage. There is a boat here with 3 small kids on it and Lynn took them to see the lights around the El Cid housing complex. They were very excited and it made their Christmas Eve. Helped to put Grumpy in the spirit.













Who says you can't get good chocolate down here.

Lynn needed his Christmas Eve shopping fix because it would just not be Christmas without doing his shopping on the last day before Christmas so it was on the bus walk 3 or 4 blocks between stores and take a taxi home because the wine was to heavy to carry on the bus.

We will be joining friends for Christmas dinner tonight at a house in El Cid and will get to sleep in tomorrow (no Boxing Day sales to get up early for). Such is life in the Mexico fast lane.

Well need to run now, it is time for bingo at the pool.








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Friday, December 19, 2008

Mazatlan Dec 19 2008



Well we have been in Mazatlan for 10 days and this is the first time we have stayed on the boat all day long. We are at the El Cid Marina Resort . Very good wireless internet, and cable tv to the boat (even have some English speaking channels). What a tough life.

Since leaving Cabo we stopped in Los Frailes where most boaters stop to snorkel or scuba diving. We tried to snorkel but the waves were to rough.

The area up behind the sand dunes looks just like southern Alberta or Sask.



We headed up to Los Muertos which means Bay of the Dead. There has been a restaurant there for ever. It is in the middle of nowhere.




There is now a new resort going in with a new golf course so the restaurant will not look so out of place, and the developers have renamed the area the Bay of Dreams. Guess they figured sales would be better with a new name.
While here a second northerly blew in, with another one forecasted for a few days later.

We decided to forgo La Paz and headed down to Mazatlan. Lynn wanted to sail so we headed out before the northerly was over. Needless to say, I`m glad that I was already on my seasickness meds. As the Captain was not prepared for the confused seas and felt a little under the weather for most of the first day.
On day two we saw 5 turtles the first couple had birds standing on them which confused us has we did not think of turtles at first. It's to bad that you can't see how big this turtle really is

Since arriving here our family here h as kept us very busy. We have been to 4 ballgames. Down town to the old part of Mazatlan a few times on a light tour and a couple of xmas parties.
Santa Claus is only 50 years old here.
But they celebrate almost ever Saint you can think of between Dec 6th to 20th. We attended a Salvation Army event for the orphanage down here. The get no government support so the shows are a major fundraiser for them.
The young teens have really learned how to dance and the school from the village sends the kids in to sing. It was really entertaining.

We try to work on boat chores in the A.M. when it is not so hot then its off to the pool or to tourist items. This is really the life.

The boat has been decorated for christmas


We are going to go out to a restaurant on Christmas day. I must say that having xmas down here with just the two of us means no pressure for the perfect gift, meal. But then that means no gifts for us either. (Lynn the Grinch)






























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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mazatlan


Well we arrived in Mazatlan and after spending one night at anchor (since we got here at midnight) we are at the El Cid Marina and will be here probably until the end of January doing some much needed relaxing. The trip just go better as we went, except Lynn was a little seasick on the first part if the trip across the Sea of Cortez. Anyway Debbie will be adding more to the blog in the next day or so if her busy schedule permits.


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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mag Bay to Cabo San Lucas

Entering Magdalena Bay was like manoeuvring through a mine field. There were small lobster traps though-out the channel. At one point we could have picked one up with our hands it was so close. But once again we were able to avoid picking one up in the prop.

We decided it was time to get the dingy in the water. We turned on the inverter plugged in our electric air pump to help inflate the dingy, and BANG in blew up. Out came the manual pump and 45 minutes later we were on the beach and in the ocean for our 1st swim in Mexico the water temp was 29 degrees C. We found a couple of large and colourful shells. Lynn was astonished at how well he could float in the salt water.


We have now covered over 2000 nautical miles and rounded four capes, and have arrived in Cabo San Lucus. On this last overnighter we had a small bird ride with us during supper and then on Debbie's watch around 5:00am she was joined by a 10" flying fish that slapped her on the side of the leg and then flopped around on the deck till she threw it back in the ocean. Let's say there was a slight squeal and then laughter when she figured out what it was. Just after sunrise Lynn had his own dolphin show with them jumping straight out of the water into the air in front of the boat.

On the last part of the trip into Cabo we had the winds build up to 28 or 30 knots which gave us a good sleigh ride with the boat surfing some waves and boat speeds in excess of 7 knots.

What a change an overnight sail can make, we went from being anchored where the fishermen live in tents and ruined building on the beach to all the affluence of Cabo.

Being anchored in Cabo in front of the white sandy beaches and seeing the fancy hotels and condos on the beaches makes us feel like we are living in the travel magazine advertisements it is just beautiful here. We took a trip in to town to report into the Port Captain only to be told it is Saturday and he will not be back till Monday, guess we really are in cruiser mode now.

We have successfully landed the dingy on the beach through some very small surf, Yeah no one got wet. Now leaving the beach was another story. Pull the dingy back down to the water. Get it deep enough to start the motor. Oops turn it bow out, pull the motor to start, now we are out to far. Debbie is ¾ wet Lynn can't get the motor started. Thanks to a panaga operator he came and buffed the waves while we rolled into the dingy like beached whales and got it going. Hmm we will have to figure out how to get in the dingy and get it off the beach with out getting soaked. I guess that's why they invented dry bags.


We will be leaving here to start making our way around to La Paz in a day or so.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Bahia Santa Maria Nov 24

Arrived here after a long and no or low wind trip from Turtle Bay , 55 hrs.

Turtle Bay is not much , a small Mexican village that serves a large fishing and lobster fleet, as well as boats going up and down the coast. Fuel is delivered to your boat by a panga. Internet access in slow slow and the computers in the internet office have seen better days. To get to Turtle Bay from the main highway its 107 miles of so called road. Most of the vehicles here look like they have been driven over some very hard road or competed in the Baja cross country road race. Turtle Bay is
known for its many auto parts stores , and one can now see why.

Out trip to Bahia Santa Maria required Debbie to use here Spanish to call a ship , it would not respond when called in English. But when it did respond it was in English, so you go figure. We seen a few cruise ships, fishing boats and other cruising boats , so at night it gives you some thing to do rather then look at a blank radar screen. We will be here for a day of two and then may move a short distance to a place called Bahia Madalena (Mag Bay) for a few more days to allow us some shore time.
Mag Bay will have seen 200 -250 Grey whales as they migrate up and down the coast. So Maybe we will see one as well.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

In Mexican Waters

We left Ensenada around 9 am Nov 16 on our first overnight in Mexican waters. We enjoyed watching the whales during th day, as evening approached we fired up the radar only to find the Mexican fishing fleet (well only 6 boats) was in front of us. After taking evasive action we were no closer to them just closer to New Zealand , they were going the same way. During the night we were joined by numerous dolphins which rode our bow wave as we motored under a 1/2 moon sky and lots of stars arriving a
San Quintin at about 10:30 am on Nov 17. This morning Nov 18 we left at 6:30 am for Credos Island and or Turtle Bay. We should be there some time around 6 am on Nov 19. Since leaving San Diego we have had very little wind so a lot of motoring, however today we did get the spinnaker up for a while when motor sailing. Right now we have about 5 or 6 knots of wind with very flat seas so are still motor sailing. We continue to lean new things every day. Sea birds can stand on the water, that is if the
kelp patch is thick enough. Well that's all for now as its time for me (Lynn) to have a nap.

We arrive at our anchorage on Credos Island and will spend the day here and then head to Turtle Bay.

We have been having a few computer problems with the computer we use to do email and position reports from the boat via the radio so if you do not ee a posting for a while don't panic as we may be limited to doing them only when we have internet access.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ensenada

We left San Diego at 5:30 A.M. arriving in Ensenada around 5:10 P.M. We jumped on to the dock just as the last bit sun disappeared under the horizon. Poor Dolphin Tales was pushed very hard today. This will be the last time we push the boat or our selves this hard. From now on any trips over 45 nautical miles will become overnight passages. The anchorages on the west coast are very rocky and rolly so we would not be getting much sleep anyways.

Since arriving, we have done the paper shuffle, it only took 90 minutes. They have set everything up in one building with numbers. 1 to 5 only problem being is that you go from one to three then back to one then over to 2 then back to three then back over to 2 then over to 4 if you need a fishing licence which everyone does on the boat if you have just one hook. Then it’s over to 5 where you push the button to see if you can stay in Mexico or if they need to search your boat. Yes we get to stay and no they do not have to come to the boat.

People are friendly and very helpful, our little bit of Spanish seems to be helping and we are learning more as we go along. We had supper one night were drinks were 2 for 1 they supplied you with taco chips, pasta and salad, all for $8.00 U.S for the both of us.

To get fuel they bring it directly to your boat in a 45 gallon drum with a baha filter attachted, pump it right there at a cost of $3.00 a gallon taxes in.

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San Diego

What a place, you could spend a month here and still not see all the sites
We spend 9 days with 4 of them devoted to boat chores. We were given free tickets to either the zoo or the wild animal park. We choose the Wild Animal Park where Lynn and I went on a 3 hour safari. There were only 6 of us on the tour so we had access to all sides of the vehicle. We took lots of video and over 500 pictures. As you can see we got to be very close to the animals. I have enough photos of the 15 different giraffes that I should be able to make a calendar. We also experienced some close encounters with a few Rhinos.

Our buddy boat Kaligan opted to just walk the park, which we did after the tour. We all had a great time. After hours here we had no desire to see the other zoo. But we did go to one of 20 Museums in Balbo Park.

We did go to the Midway which is a retired aircraft carrier which has been turned into museum. It took us 4 hours to see all of it.

We left for Ensenada on Nov 12, 2008.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

San Diego Police Docks

We arrived in San Diego on Monday, tied up to the Southwestern Yacht club. Lynn and I decided to go into town to find a transit schedule. We hopped on the bus purchased a $5.00 day pass and proceeded to ride 4 different routes on elecrtic trains that they call trollys. After being on the rails for a good 7 hours we have decided to rent a car to hit a few of the tourist places we wish to see. This am we were up at 6:00am to move the boat over to the police docks where you only pay$10.00 for the 1st 5 days then $22.00 for the next 5. Most of the commmercial marnias are $1.50 or more a foot so this place is a good deal.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Oceaside Yacht Club and Santa Catalina Island

We arrived in Oceanside on October 31st and were invited to a Halloween Party at the Oceanside Yacht Club. So we went as the token Canadians (wrapped in Canadian flags and Canada ball hats).

Last night a pot luck supper was held on the dock just down from us so we met a few more very nice people.

Prior to getting to here we were in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island. A neat little town that at one point was the playground for the rich and famous. Years ago the Chicago Cubs had spring training at Avalon. The Cubs were owned by the Wrigley Gum people who owned a lot of the island. When you are there you tie up to a mooring ball that has two ropes on it. One for the bow and one for the stern. These rope have weights on them that make them sink when released from the boat. One of ours caught the
rudder but missed the prop as we were leaving and was able to be released, however on Kalagan our buddy boat they released the bow rope first(wrong) and then the stern which then wrapped it self around the prop. Skipper Rick then had to dive the boat to get the rope off. All this at 7 am in the morning.

We are leaving Oceanside on Monday and heading to San Diego were we will be for about a week, doing the tourist stuff and last minute shopping before heading into Mexico.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Del Ray Yacht Club

We arrived today at the Del Ray Yacht Club in Marina Del Ray. The entrance is very narrow into the harbour and all the weekenders were returning home. Some sailing, some motoring, big boats, little boats and we had no idea were we were going......The place is huge. There are something like 6000 boats moored here. After finding the guest docks (with help from a Laser sailor) we did get into the proper slip at the yacht club. As soon as we tied up people were welcoming us to the club and made sure we felt right at home. We left our last port at 7 am in the fog and thought we were back off the coast of Oregon, but the fog lifted and we had a great downwind sail for at least half the trip.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club

Thursday Oct 23: Arrived here after a very hard 7 mile trip from Ventura. The club here has a pool , hot tub, bar, and dining room. Last night we met a lot of people in the bar and one of them then took us out today for a trip around the harbour in his electric boat. A lot of the homes are built on canals so most of them have these little boats to travel around in. The actual town is called Oxnard. We are heading out on Sunday to Marina Del Ray (Oct 26). All is well on board, the weather is great. One day of rain since leaving Canada.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Oct 15 to 22

What can we say about Port San Luis, it is so picturesque. We have a lovely white sand beach, dolphin swimming and jumping around the boat. While sea otters are floating on their backs as they fill up on sea urchins and sea cucumbers. The sea lions and seals keep swimming by for a quick snack on the fish the below. But they do not stick around to rest or sleep which is fine with us as we had enough of thier barking and baying while in Monterey. Both boats agree that it feels like we are somewhere exotic.


They offer a free water taxi which Lynn and I used to see the town of Port San Luis. We really should have filled up our dingy and tryed a surf landing here. Oh well guess we will practise once we get to Mexico.


We left at 6:00am on Oct 15 thank goodness for radar. While we were asleep we had a few more boats come in and anchor behind us and right in the clear pass we had planned to use to leave by. We are heading for Cojoh anchorage which is just past Point Conception. The locals refer to this point as the Cape Horn of Pacific it was a pussy cat to us. We had all heard that the weather gets warmer and the seas settle down once you pass this point; boy was everyone right about that.


We spent 3 days in Santa Barabara, they have a trolley that runs all direction in the city for only .25cents. We found that almost ever type of store was within walking distance of the bus route. With this in mind we did a major restocking here. We met a few other boats that did the same thing. This means San Diego will not be that big of a rush to find items.


We are tied up in Venture at the Venture yacht club. We were only going to stay 3days but even though the marine weather did not call it we are having Santa Anna winds that are blowing at 30-40 knots. Really strange cause at 7:00am it was calm and by 8:30 they had blown in. Around Noon the marine weather picked up the wind and gave a warning. Looks like we might be here till Friday


Hoping are next stop is Newport where Lynn and I will go to Disenyland, Universal studios and either Knotts Berry Farm or Lego Land. Hmm I'm thinking we should have the grandkids with us for these stops.


Monday, October 13, 2008

Port San Luis

We arrived in Port San Luis after an overnight sail from Monterey. The forcast was for 10-15 Knots of wind but we had 15-25 with gusts to 30 and 35 Knots. Who knows with the weather man, but it made for some good sailing and lumpy seas. Not sure how long we will be here as the Santa Anna winds are starting to blow to the south of us.


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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Still In Monterey

Well we are still here and enjoying the area. A gale has been blowing through here the last couple of days so all the boats travelling down the coast have been staying at the dock. The weather looks good for Sunday so we should be out of here for Morro Bay tommorrow.

Our tours have taken us to Carmel, Pebble Beach (and no Lynn did not play golf) and a bucnh of stuff in the town.


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Monday, October 6, 2008

Monterey California

Arrived here on Sunday October 5th and will be here for a few days. Did a hugh load of laundry when we got here and also met up with some sailing friends from Victoria (Tony and Nancy on Moodancer).Spent Monday touring their world class aquarium and taking a tour of the area on a transit bus. For 4.50 you cannot go wrong.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

October 3 2008 Santa Cruz

Arrived hear yesterday PM and went and did the tourist thing today in town , museums, boardwalk, Trader Joes etc. May leave here on Sunday and heard to Monteray weather permitting. All is well on board (touch wood). Had a long walk into town and then took the transit bus back to the marina. Will need to spend more time learning how public transport works and save on shoe leather.

All for now.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

In San Francisco

We arrived here on Thursday 25 Sept at noon after an easy run from Drakes Bay and are currently on a mooring ball at the Sausalito Yacht Club, but is is very bouncy. We took the ferry over to San Francisco and toured Chinatown and the Aquarium on the pier. All is well on board and we are just working on the schedule to leave here and head further south. We are waiting for a new transmission dipstick which should be here Tuesday. It is a plastic screw in type and the plastic screw in part broke when we were at Drakes Bay, but DUCT tape to the rescue. This update is a little late as we thought we had done it but did not.


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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bodega Bay and Drakes Bay California

We left Brookings Oregon on Sat 20 arrived in Bodega Bay Monday the 22nd. The seas gave us a nice suprise to go around Cape Mendocino ( one of the trickiest parts of the coast to get around)the seas were fairly flat and the wind calm so we decided to make the 30 hour run to Bodega Bay. Well we guess when the weather says expect strong winds and mixed seas they mean it. We sailed for about 26 hrs in a washing machine. The boat and crew were very happy to pull into the bay. It reminds us of the lake
around Vernon or Blackstrap in Saskatchewan, very calm and surrounded by hills with very little vegetation. We should be in San Francisco in a couple of days. Debbie has done a great job on the boat dealing with some tuff conditions.

Took the bus into Santa Rosa yesterday and visited and made like tourists.

As of now Wednesday the 24th we are anchored in Drakes Bay.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Newport Oregon

Arrived here safe and sound after a 30 hour trip from Grays. Winds were light in the 10 knot range most of the way. The biggest seas were when crossing the bar leaving Grays Harbor (the most excitement on this leg). We are finding that 2 hour watches are working out ok. Are planning to spent Saturday and Sunday here, and then will probably move on to Coos Bay Oregon early next week depending on the weather.

Comments

So i was going to leave a comment BUT you have disabled that feature along the lines somewhere. Which means i have to leave a post instead. You should start putting the date you are doing things rather then just saying Thursday or Friday kind of thing, First that would make for a better story when you get back, and second it would be easier to know where you are when.
Happy Sailing and stay away from Crab pots

Thursday, September 11, 2008

In Grays Harbour Washington

Left Neah Bay at 1130 am on Tuesday and arrived here about noon Wednesday. Fog most of the way and we were playing tag with the crab pots. The vessel traveling with us did manage to find one of the float with their prop and had the US Coast Guard tow them into Grays Harbour. Lucky no damage and a diver cleared the rope from the shaft. We are heading out to Newport Oregon on Thursday and will probably go 20 to 30 miles out to stay clear of the crap traps and fog.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

We Are In Neah Bay

We arrived in Neah Bay today and will be going to Grays Harbour tommorow. All is well on board. We have been motoring due to lack of wind on Juan de Fuca Strait, but we are looking for North or Northwest winds tommorrow in the 15 knots range so we should have a downhill ride. Debbie is fine with the motion so far, drugs are good. (Lynn to)

The vessel Kaligan is sailing with us. Rick picked up a crew (Kelly) since Dawns mom is very ill. Hope she is alright and we look forward to having Dawn catch up with us.

We have been having an intermittant problem with the SSB radio, but it is still ok, and we do have the part to fix it at somepoint.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Crew are all well

The crew have been given a clean bill of heath and may now leave on the sailing adventure. We plan to be out of here somtime around Sept 8th. Look for more info as we go along.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

SLIGHT GLITCH IN LEAVING DATE

Dolphin Tales has experienced a slight glitch with one of the crew and will need to adjust her leaving date to sometime around mid September if all goes well with the crew. The crew are confident that all will be well.

In the meantime it gives the crew a chance to finish off the last minute details and possible get some sailing in before leaving.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Bluewater Rally and Rendezvous Montague Hbr

Dolphin Tales has just completed the Bluewater Rally and had a great time. Ports of call included Nanaimo, Port Graves, Bargain Bay, Garden Bay, Smugglers Cove .Good sailing,great friends and happy hours. At one point we had about 20 boats in the rally. Currently we have the anchor down at Montague Harbor for the Rendezvous. Monday back to Maple Bay.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Back In The Water

After being on the hard for 6 days, Dolphin Tales is back in the water with a clean bottom, new prop shaft, new wax job (shines), wash down pump, new duel fuel filter system, and adjusted valves. Now it is time to go sailing and makes sure everything works.

Monday, June 23, 2008

June 23 2008




After 3 years of outfitting the boat. We are down to the last 8 weeks and only a few more projects to finish.