Thursday, 23 Nov 2017. After an absence of 160 days, we returned to the good ship Milagro on Saturday, Nov 18, finding her lonely but otherwise in pretty good shape. We had hoped to get underway for the Baja on Tuesday, 21 Nov but the weather gods were not on the same schedule. North winds strong enough to make the crossing uncomfortable were also creating wind waves that would add to the discomfort. We are both hardwired to be a little impatient when we are otherwise all set to go but allowed reason to prevail – this time, and hung around while the Norther blew itself out. It is now Thursday, 23 November – Thanksgiving Day, and, though we haven’t gone far, we are out of the marina. We have relocated into a nearby anchorage off of the San Carlos shore. The anchor is set (Yay, we remembered how to anchor!) at 27 56.911’N, 111 02.648’W in 25′ of water with about 10′ of visibility. The instrument says the water temp is 67F but I am suspicious of that number as I expected a bit more. I could take a swim to see but think maybe I’ll not risk it (what if it’s right!?) and just have a beer and a nap instead. The sky is clear, the OAT is 78F, the wind is South at 3kts, and there is a very small swell from the South that is moving the boat just enough that we can tell we’re no longer tied to a dock. Nice. We’ll make our move for the Baja about midday tomorrow. Welcome back everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
It is Sunday, 11 June, 2017 and all is well here. We completed our totally uneventful passage yesterday and were secured in our slip at Marina San Carlos well before noon. We dove right into the chores associated with securing the boat to be left unattended and completely overlooked making this update. Sorry. Sometime this week we will have settled ourselves into our new (to us)Land Yacht to begin our “off season” traveling and visiting friends and relatives. We expect to return to Milagro sometime near the end of October. In the meantime, we hope all y’all enjoy your summer.
It is Friday, 9 June 2017 and all is well here on Milagro. I know it’s been a while since our last update but that is because we hadn’t moved from Nopolo in that whole time. Really? Yes, really. And, while 2 weeks in one place is not quite a record, it certainly is one of our longer stays. The fact is, the location and conditions were so nice that we couldn’t come up with any place better. So why fight it, he? Why not just relax and enjoy it. And so we did. Right up until now, that is. Yesterday we became aware of a Stateside family emergency that leads us to wrap up our cruising season early. We have left Nopolo this morning and are making way directly for San Carlos, Sonora where we will configure Milagro to be left alone for several months. We will miss about 3 weeks of planned cruising but our presence is needed elsewhere so there it is. In the Fall we can always pick up where we left off. At this moment we are at 25 59.659’N 111 17.877’W making 5.5kts under power on flat seas. The pool is 77F, OAT is 86F and there ain’t no wind. Nada. We expect to arrive into the marina at San Carlos about 0900 MDT tomorrow morning, Saturday.
It is Saturday, 27 May 2017 and we are happy to report that all is well on the Milagro. We enjoyed several days at the VDP resort at Candeleros and particularly the time we got to spend there with friends Gary and Angie (SV Nivasi) but they had to return to the real world and today was moving day for Milagro. We needed to top off the water tanks so our passage began by motoring in order to do that but once the tanks were full the sails came out and the engine went off. A nice 10kt SE breeze pushed us along very nicely right into the anchorage at Nopolo. At 1425 MDT we had the anchor set at 25 55.511’N 111 20.904’W in 15′ over sand. That 10kt SE breeze is still running which is causing 6″ wind waves but the water is otherwise flat. it’s 82F in the cockpit with 59% humidity. The pool is 75F. We are just off the beach at Hotel Loreto Bay and the residences of Nopolo so have good cell signal and reasonable internet. I expect we will sit right here for a few days before answering the “where to next” question. Hasta luego, y’all.
It is Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 and everything is great here though yesterday was a pretty busy day for the crew of Milagro. We met sailing friends from Anacortes, WA at Loreto and spent the day showing Gary and Angie Livers (SV Nivasi)around the neighborhood a little. We anchored in the aquarium clear waters of Isla Coronado for snacks, visiting and some swimming. Next we anchored off of the baja coast North of Loreto where our friends Alejandro and Imelda have the restaurant La Picazon seemingly in the middle of nowhere. It pretty much is in the middle of nowhere but they still manage to set a very fine table and serve awesome food. Plus, they are great people so it is always fun to pop in for visit. Later we dropped Gary and Angie off at Loreto then made our way back south to Nopolo (where our day had begun) and anchored under cover of darkness. The summary for the day was 5 legs, 5 anchorings and 3 launches and recoveries of the dinghy. Morning (Now we’re talking about today) saw us underway again. This time we were headed south the 12 miles to Bahia Candeleros and Villa Del Palmar Resort – That’s where Gary and Angie are staying. So we are now anchored in front of the resort at 25 43.453’N 111 14.221’W in 30′ over sand. It is 86F outside with 48% humidity with a 5kt breeze from the East. The pool is 77F. As we anchored we were greeted by a pod of dolpins swimming through the anchorage. We will stay here for several days while we enjoy visiting with our friends and take advantage of the resort.
It is Tuesday, 16 May, 2017 and all is good on the SV Milagro. After a night of less than stellar conditions at Pto. Los Gatos we took advantage of the mornings offshore breeze and sailed North. It turned out to be a mixed bag. Great sailing early on flat seas followed by motorsailing in 0 wind on the same flat water followed by beam reach sailing on the afternoon onshore wind followed by beating into 3′ swells and 15kt headwinds. If you’re keeping score, that’s Zen, Zen, Zen then definitely NOT Zen. Yes, it was a bit of a long day but on balance, it was a great passage day. We ended up 49nm North at Bahia Ballandra on Isla Carmen just 9 miles East of the town of Loreto. Well protected from the predicted Northerlies, which may have actually arrived-we’ll see what tomorrow brings. We will hang here for at least a few days. We are in our intended cruising grounds where we will stay until heading across to San Carlos later to put Milagro away for the “hot” months. There are countless great anchorages within a few hours sail so we will likely move around some over the next several weeks while staying within this general area. At 1800 MDT the anchor was set in 19′ over sand at 26 01.034’N 111 09.879’W. The OAT is 77F, the humidity 49%, it’s 73F in the pool and there is a 8kt wind blowing from the North. The water is flat but there is a small swell that has wrapped around into the bay from the bigger swell running outside. We will let you know when we change the scenery but, for now, hasta luego, y’all.
It is Monday, May 15th, 2017 and all is well onboard Milagro. We made the 34nm passage today from Isla San Francisco to Puerto Los Gatos. Sadly, the forecast SW winds of 10-15kts were a total no show. Instead, we were treated to winds of mostly less than 5kts which came from every direction at one time or another except South. Since we were headed NW up the San Jose Channel that was no bueno por nada. So we enjoyed a flat water motorsail and and are now anchored in the North lobe of Puerto Los Gatos at 25 18.234’N 111 56.761’W in 15′ over sand. It is 83F, 41% humid, and the pool is 74F. There’s a breeze from the East running 4 to 6kts. If you can find this place on Google you will see the amazing red sandstone formations at the North end and black rock formations at the South end connected by a white sand beach in the middle. Pretty photogenic. The forecast suggests that we’ll see Northerly winds for the next couple of days – not that we put very much stock in the forecast. However, should that turn out to be more or less true, we may sit here and wait for more Southerly winds to return. We’ll have to see how comfortable this place stays in whatever winds decide to show up before knowing for certain. In any case, we will post again whenever we do move to our next stop. That will be to Bahia Agua Verde, about 18nm North. Hasta luego, y’all.
It is Sunday, May 14, 2017 (Mother’s Day) and all is well on Milagro. We did make the move today from Caleta Partida to Isla San Francisco. The last 2 nights at Partida brought SW Coromuel winds overnight with gusts to the mid 20’s with little to no wind during the daytime. This morning dawned with those winds blowing 20 kts steady with gusts to 26 though they steadily decreased with the climbing sun until down to 10 gusting to 15 when we weighed anchor a little after 0900. Our location in the anchorage was protected from much in the way of waves ever developing so we were plenty comfortable through it all. With those winds from the South and us headed generally North, we enjoyed a nice downwind run today right into the anchorage on the East side of Isla San Francisco. At 1350 MDT we were set at 24 49.806’N 111 34.001’W in 20′ over sand. It’s 79F, 61% humid and the pool is 76. There is still a South breeze of 3 to 5 kts over flat water. Wx forecast says these S winds will become Northerly on Tuesday or Wednesday so we’re going to take what advantage we can and continue our Northing tomorrow. Not sure of our destination though Puerto Los Gatos seems likely, more on that later. Hasta manana, y’all.
It is Tuesday, May 9, 2017 and all is well on Milagro. Plus, we actually did it. The good ship Milagro sailed away from Marina De La Paz today bound for Caleta Partida on the Isla Espiritu Santo just about 25 miles away. After an uneventful, unremarkable passage we set the anchor at 1419 hrs (MDT) at Caleta Partida in 30′ over sand and gravel at 24 32.919’N 110 22.839’W. The wind, which has been conspicuously absent to this point, is now from the E at 9 kts. The water is 73F and flat while the OAT is 78. We’ve got clear skies and 40% humidity. It is a bit cooler than normal for these parts and this time of year but we are not complaining as we know that “real” summer is coming. While this is one of our favorite anchorages, our last time here was very nearly 2 years ago (June, 2015). So, our anchor was no sooner set when the “welcome turtle” surfaced right next to us to welcome us back. After checking us out and offering his greeting he moseyed along on his way. It was a nice welcome back. We will stay here until probably Saturday before moving on further North. Of course, we’ll keep you posted as we move around.
It is Thursday, March 23, 2017 and all is well here. As advertised, we moved yesterday from Playa Bonanza to Baha Falsa, just 14 nm distant on the way towards La Paz. This area is expecting a fairly strong wind from the north today and tomorrow and Falsa offers good protection from that direction. We are joined here by friends on SV Cake and SV Cantem Para Mi and a game of Baja Rummy broke out onboard Milagro very shortly after we all were settled. We enjoyed a comfortable night at anchor but the north breeze has begun building as I write this at 1130 MST. Currently we have an OAT of 75F, a pool temp of only 72F and the humidity is 60%. The sky is mostly overcast with fast moving high level clouds and the wind is from the NNW at 15, expected to become 25kts, or more. Where we are, 24 15.483’N 110 19.122’W, there is no fetch for the wind to create waves so we should have a pretty flat ride regardless of what wind might actually develop. Our current plan is to hang out here through the weekend then move into Marina de La Paz first thing Monday morning, March 27th. In the meantime, we do have decent cell signal.