June 5 2011 - Departing La Cruz for Ensenada
|Bella and Nico saying goodbye to friends.|
|Ready to go|
|The exit from Nayarit Marina.|
|Dad taking Ironbarque out.|
|Boy wrestling with a fender.|
|Dolphins + Birds + Bait fish =|
BLUEFIN!. Sushi anyone?
|It was calm the day we left.
Hurrican Adrian was to the south of us and pushing up towards us. We motored through a calm June 6th to Carbo San Lucas.
|We arrived early on the morning of June 7th having stooged around off the Cabo waiting for daylight from about 03:00 hours.
As we came into port, a tourist was practicing walking on water. Across the narrow entrance to the harbour. Ho hum.
|We stayed in Cabo San Lucas only overnight to fuel, have a day ashore and then left the next morning early.|
|Bella hoisting the Ensign|
|Cruiseships anchor outside the harbour.|
|Dad at the wheel.|
|The landmark rocks at the cape before you round into the Pacific.|
|Bella took watch soon after leaving Carbo|
|Bella decide she WOULD capture dolphins on the camera.
The lower picture shows the combination of feeding birds and dolphins that we learnt to associated with good fishing.
|A butterfly finding refuge offshore.|
|A beautiful sunset|
|By the time we had gotten to Bahia Magdalena.....|
|A colder wind was picking up|
|The entrance Bahia Magdalena.|
|Dad setting up the fishing line... again.|
|We went into Mag Bay but found the anchorage too exposed to a building wind. We also found dense schools of these small crustaceans that were sucked into our raw water inlet. There were so many we had to drain the sieve.|
|Matt on watch. Rover at the helm|
|The weather picked up.|
|We blew yet another reefing line and this time we snagged the furling drum guard and sheered off a piece of the casting in the process. Repairs were made on the fly to the drum.|
|We put a rent in the mainsail heading towards Bahia Tortuga trying to unstick a mainsail track car and patched it on the fly at sea. We arrived at Turtle Bay on June 11th and took the time to properly oversew the repair.|
|Drew found directing others at the task to be quite demanding and took a rest.|
|Clare over-sewing the patch.|
|Work done Matt clears up.|
|And for my next great talent....|
|We left June 13th. The weather was overcast, cool and calm.|
|And it stayed that way for about half a day with a beautifully sunny midday. Another day, another bonito.|
|Et tu, Brute. Nico amusing himself in Roman garb.|
|The wind picked up again as we rounded Isla Cedros|
|The angle of heel!|
|We tacked our way up through Bahia Sebastián Vizcaíno and enjoyed the Baja Bash. We heard other boats heading for anchorages and the Mexican Coast Guard giving a small boat warning. Ironbarque just pushed through it all and Clare baked on to keep up morale. Gusts to 35 knots and 12 foot seas made the trip noisy.|
|Matt at watch|
|Bella proved that you CAN catch dolphins breaking the water. I am so glad we have a digital camera - the cost of the film would have ruined me.|
|June 15h dawned grey and foggy. Isla de Todos Santos guards the southern approach to Ensenada.|
|The kids on the morning of arrival. That is Drew all rugged up.|
|The seal lions lolling about as we entered the harbour. They apparently recognized Clare from her forrays against their incursions into the Marina and saluted her as one does a potent adversary.|
|We slipped into Cruiseport Marina|
|Once formalities were done, we settled quickly back into marina life. This is Paper bag man - one of Nico's many persona.|
|Nico's sea bed complete with his sword and shield.|
|I started fishing from the dock, again. We had to put this one back.|
|Bird on the wind generator. The bait fish were running thick and the kingfishers have settled into the Marina.|
|We got back to tasks fairly quickly to tidy the boat. Matt and I stripped the cores/sheaths out of tired dock ropes and Bella crocheted the cores into a fender guard to keep the boat clean.|
|Clare and Bella caught up with Sue over a Pimps and Cucumber sandwich lunch.|
|Pete kept out of sight except to steal the sandwiches.|