When the Water Turns Green, Point the Bow North

For most of the year along the Costalegre Coast, we delight in the clear, warm ocean water found all along the regional beaches. Throughout the fall and winter you can easily see twenty feet down and make out individual ripples in the sand. The water is cool enough to be refreshing, but warm enough that …

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Jenny to the rescue!

Since leaving San Carlos at the beginning of the cruising season we’ve seen fairly mild weather with the seas generally mellow and the winds too light rather than too strong.  We’ve gotten very confident handling the boat and planning passages.  Apparently too confident, and mother nature decided that we needed a lil' reminder to be …

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Attack of the Jejenes!

Matanchen has served up a big lesson on making plans while cruising: It's mostly an effort in futility and a waste of time.  Those beach bars we we’re so looking forward to patronising?  Oh yeah, they line the beach as promised, alongside THOUSANDS of tiny, swarming, itchy, biting no-seeum like bugs known in these parts …

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Mother nature says “move on & try to not hit my whales”

As the ever reliable guru’s at NOAA foretold, the settled, calm weather we’ve enjoyed at Isla Isabella has come to an end.  In a normal anchorage with decent holding and protection we would have stuck it out.  But we’re rather fond of the boat, the cats, and the sum total of all our possessions that …

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A close encounters with boobies

Like good little sailors we hung out in Mazatlan for several days after the Super Bowl waiting for a calm weather window to visit the famous Isla Isabel.  We knew from first hand accounts and our trusty guidebook that the holding here on the island is marginal at best and now are really happy we heeded the …

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