Saturday, February 10, 2018

Sea of Cortez

Working out of our base, Marina Costa Baja, we hosted various crew members and guests who flew in to enjoy the beauty and wonder that is the Gulf of California.  We were limited by days of extreme wind.  At one point the Port of La Paz was closed to all traffic, including commercial traffic. Gusts over 40 knots! The wind came and went and came back again. We were able to get out occasionally and enjoy some of the sites.

Son Garrett and his BFF Rachael

Tidal creek

I think he missed the tide.

Old man. I said it so you don't have to.

Father & Son moment

Till next time......

Friday, February 9, 2018

Winding down in Mexico

As our time in Mexico winds down I am going to reach in the photo files and share some of the views and sites we have been enjoying for the last 3 months.

Los Islotes as seen from drone.  Shot by Larry Graff

Norris Comer
Managing Editor Northwest Yachting Magazine in La Paz
Larry "It will be fun" Graff 

Also on this leg of the journey was Jonathon Cooper, Editor, PassageMaker Magazine

Knot Wafflen' as seen through a cave
Photo by David

Various scenes around La Paz, 



I will add more photos and stories tomorrow.

Till next time.........

Sunday, November 19, 2017

We made it!

November 10

We said goodbye to Los Cabos at 0710 and hello to La Paz and the Marina Costabaha at 1510.

It has been quite a journey from San Diego.  1000 Nautical Miles to add to our total which is somewhere around 7000 NM. 
So far......

November 19

The Knot Wafflen' will be spending 3 months here in the Sea of  Cortez.  David and Ian are gone and I fly home today.  The Aspen team will be flying in with guests from Passagemaker and Northwest Yachting magazines.  I will be coming back to spend Christmas on the boat with wife Pat, son Garrett and his bff Rachael. David and Sue Ellen will be back in January, perhaps with guests.

The plan then is to take her across the Sea of Cortez early February and turn her over to Aspen in San Carlos to have the fly bridge removed and put on trucks bound for Galveston, TX where she will be put back together and put back in the water so we can resume our journey.

In the mean time we will be cruising the various islands and anchorages of the Sea of Cortez, annoying the fish and trying to not get sunburned. 

Entries until we resume our journey will be picture heavy and less about the travel.

I hope you stay tuned and enjoy!

Nephew Ian at the helm.  Thanks to you for your photos and sense of humor.
You were good company and good crew!

Bird frosting

I see the (Senior) Olympics in his future.

Knot Wafflen'
7000 Nautical Miles and counting!

Till next time........

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Trying to get to La Paz

November 8

We put Cabo on our stern and headed to La Paz.  About 30 NM into the trip it became apparent the seas did not look at the same forecast as I did.  We were fighting 3 - 4 foot waves every 3-5 seconds dead on the nose.  Tacking did little to ease the ride and the Captain called for an about face and we headed to Marina Los Cabos. As usual we topped off the fuel tanks and were assigned a slip that we ended up staying in for 2 nights due to the sea state. All in all a very nice facility with none of the noise and tourism of Cabo.

Our next door neighbor.  What are the odds of two Annapolis boats side by side in Los Cabos?!
Cimmarron was crewed by a young California couple who had inherited the boat.
She hasn't seen the Atlantic in quite a while.

Cactus Farm
My favorite place in Los Cabos.  Tacos (sin cebollas), Mojitos and free wifi

Roof from the inside.  Looks nicer from this point of view.

Knot Wafflen' all lit up.

The weather looks promising for a Nov. 10 departure for our final leg to La Paz!
Keeping our fingers crossed!

Till next time........

Friday, November 17, 2017

Going South

November 5

We left our anchorage in Turtle Bay for an overnighter to Bahia Santa Maria, a sheltered anchorage on the way to Cabo San Lucas.  Traveling at slower speeds to conserve fuel allowed us to do some more fishing.

Bigeye Tuna! (I think) Can you say Sashimi?

David and a few of his buddies.
Photo by Ian

November 6

We dropped out anchor in Bahia Santa Maria at 1115 after a 235 NM run, right in the middle of the Baja HaHa fleet.  It is an annual cruise of sailboats, as many as 140, from San Diego to Cabo San  Lucas.  We had thought that we would be ahead of them but information somehow got skewed so we were the weird boat without long poles with rags attached to them.
No worries. We would leave them in our wake in the morning.
Of course, since we have no long poles with rags, we need fuel.  We emptied our auxiliary fuel bladders into our tanks, cleaned the boat a bit and had a celebratory rum tasting before dinner and relaxing for the night.

Chef David works with fresh Tuna.

Crew takes a break.

Another beautiful sunset.

Before turning in I did some calculations and navigation and informed the crew we had enough fuel to do our normal 18 knot cruising speed to Cabo instead of another overnighter. Everyone was in favor of an early arrival so we set the alarm for 0300 and got underway at 0330.

November 7

Red sky in the morning is not necessarily an indicator of bad weather
David rounding the point towards Cabo.
Iconic Cabo rock.

We pulled into Marina Cabo San Lucas fuel dock at 1430, got a slip assignment and can't wait to leave.  A little touristy and loud for us. 

Till next time.......