It is Monday, March 20, 2017 and Milagro has changed locations once again. After getting together on the beach yesterday afternoon at Los Muertos with other cruisers and playing some bocce ball, we weighed anchor this morning at first light and made way for Playa Bonanza on Isla Espiritu Santo. We saw another mixed bag of wind conditions for today’s passage leading us to sail, motor, sail, motor sail and then finally motoring to complete the 42 mile passage. However, the seas were calm and, except from some wind waves where there was wind, totally flat. It was a very nice day. Our anchor was set at 1515 MST in 13′ over sand in clear water at 24 26.815’N 110 18.573’W. It is 82F and 73F in the pool. Humidity is 50% and there is a 5 knot breeze from the NE over flat water under clear skies. We will move on to Bahia Falsa either tomorrow or Wednesday.
It is Sunday, 19 March, 2017 and we are happy to report that all is very well on board Milagro. We completed our 320nm passage to Bahia de Los Muertos (Bay of the Dead) at a little before 0600 CST/0500 MST this morning and had the anchor set by 5 mins after the hour in 33′ over sand under a bright moon. We join about 10 other boats already anchored here including 5 belonging to folks we know who arrived yesterday afternoon from Mazatlan. As is typical of passages of this length (320nm), the conditions varied but were very good over all. Of course, we could always wish for more of the conditions suitable for sailing but flat glassy water and a smooth ride is a fine substitute so we aren’t fussing. We are not sure how long we will hang here but likely we will move along towards La Paz tomorrow (Monday) or Tuesday – a pretty strong north wind is forecast by late Wednesday which would pin us down here if we haven’t moved by then. At 1100 MST the sea here is still flat and glassy and the wind <5 kts and variable in direction. It’s 85 outside and 76 in the pool, humidity 66%. We’ve planted ourselves at 22 59.260’N 109 49.579’W. Oh, and there is no wifi or cell coverage here so we remain off the grid except for this ham radio service.
It is Saturday evening, 18 March 2017 about 1830 MST (yes, we are back on MST. At least for now) and all is well on board the Milagro. We are about 55 miles out from our destination and estimate arriving in the 0500 hour tomorrow morning. It has been mostly a very smooth passage so far with winds mostly light and variable except for a few periods of apx 10 kts on the nose and, this morning, several hours of 10 knots from the port beam. It was nice to be able to turn the motor off for that time. But, of course, that nice, sailable breeze couldn’t and didn’t last long. It was followed by 0 wind and flat, glassy seas for the entire rest of the day. The water here is a brilliant, deep blue with a translucent quality that makes it seem as though you are seeing a great distance when you look down into it. I know that’s a poor description but we see this same thing every time we are in the open ocean (at least, THIS ocean) and it never fails to move us. It’s very cool to look at. Also cool to see was the Green Flash at last night’s sunset, Judy’s first and only my second. Although we haven’t seen much in the way of sea life, this afternoon Judy did observe 2 whales breaching while I was below napping. All in all, not a bad passage. As I write this we are at 23 25.351N 109 00.676W motorsailing on glassy water under clear skies. No green flash tonight though we were still treated to a great sunset as it slipped behind the mountains of the Baja Peninsula in the distance. There’s a S wind running 2 to 3 kts and it is 80F the cockpit with 65% humidity. The pool is 76F.
It is Friday evening, March 17, 2017 (St. Patrick’s Day) approaching 1800 CST and all is well on board the SV Milagro. We are about 18 miles shy of the halfway point of our passage and motorsailing along in winds that are mostly light and variable and on mostly calm seas. Conditions so far have followed the forecast pretty closely with winds mostly less than 5 knots and coming from E, N and/or NW then with afternoon thermals more like 10 knots. Those, of course, always come directly on our nose. We are currently at 22 03.534’N 107 23.893’W making 4.5 to 5.0 knots against a NW breeze of 10 knots. It is 78F outside with 69% humidity. The pool is 76F. Sea has small wind chop and a long period westerly swell approximately 2′.
These were taken by mobile devices which do not have enough dynamic range to deal very well with the lighting challenge. However, that’s what we had handy so that’s what we used. Hopefully, they did well enough to present the idea that sunsets here are often very pretty – maybe your imagination can make up for the poor imagery.
On February 7 we once again secured Milagro into a slip at Marina Riviera Nayarit (La Cruz) in order for us to make a long expected and necessary trip North of the Border. While we had hoped to complete our business there in 10 to 14 days, it turned out, as it so often does, to require more time. The good news is that we were able to accomplish all we set out to. As a happy bonus, we were able to spend some quality time with our new (to us) motorhome. As if having a boat for a mistress was not challenge enough we had to add something equally demanding of our time and dollars. Not so smart, eh? Well, time will tell if that was a good choice or not but for now, it is good to work on growing our relationship with her. So, after 20 days aboard the landyacht, we are back with Milagro in La Cruz. Arriving late in the day on Monday, we spent Tuesday pulling everything together and then today, moved back out to the La Cruz anchorage. At 1255 CST today we were set very near to spots we’ve occupied before in 21′ over sand/mud at 20 45.041’N 105 22.021’W. The OAT is 83 with humidity 55%. It’s 78 in the pool and the wind is running from 2 to 5 kts from the SW over flat seas. We aim to hang here for at least 2 more weeks when we will start watching the weather in anticipation of crossing back over to the Baja by the end of March/end if April. In the meantime, we have good cell phone coverage and decent internet so feel free to stay in touch.
It is January 3, 2017 and we’re writing to say we’ve stuck with the plan. I know, we’re kinda surprised, too. This was supposed to be moving day and despite the strong pull of marina conveniences, we have moved out into the anchorage. We’ve enjoyed two weeks of marina based fun, including Christmas and New Years but it’s time to rein things in a bit so here we are. We still have good cell coverage which, though it does give us internet access, is not adequate for Judy to do the downloading she is so married to. For that we’ll drag her computer ashore several days a week to tap into one of the sources there. We aim to hang here for friends who should be on Jan 18. Once they’ve headed home we will head south for Tenecatita and Barra de Navidad as soon as weather permits. In the meantime we will continue to enjoy La Cruz and the greater Puerto Vallarta area. At 1150 (CST) we were anchored in 25′ over sand at 20 44.958’N 105 22.081’W. It’s 82 outside and 80 in the cabin. Wind was <7kts when we dropped anchor but as I write this at 1325 it has built to 10kts all from WSW. Seas have a 1′ wind chop also from WSW and the sky is clear. It’s 79 in the pool.
It is Friday, Dec 23, 2016 and this update is a little tardy in coming (sorry) but here it is. As anticipated, we moved into Marina Riviera Nayarit at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle on the morning of Tuesday, Dec 20. We are settled into Slip B2 on Dock 10 which turns out to be a great location – very near to the marina office building with it’s activities, restaurants, market, showers and restrooms.
Judy has decorated the boat for Christmas though anyone who knows how overboard she went when decorating our houses for Christmas would be surprised at our modest effort here. There’s just not much extra storage on a boat for carrying around decorations. Still, it seems pretty festive to us. La Cruz and nearby Bucerias are great communities with friendly people, many great restaurants and music venues. There’s always something happening somewhere. There are also quite a few cruisers here whom we know so it’s a nice place to be right now. The daytime highs are dangerously close to 90F (very un-Christmaslike) though the evenings are nice enough to be out and about. There’s just no danger of a white Christmas here. Maybe there is where you are.
On January 3rd we will move back out to the anchorage where we will stay until moving further south- maybe around the 3rd week of that month(?). That’s a long way off so we’ll just have to see how it plays out. In the meantime, we want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year (Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo).
For now we’re at: 20 44.885’N 105 22.752’W.
All is well on board Milagro. And, another passage is in the log book. The sea and wind conditions remained largely the same as already reported over the last two days. At 0320hrs MST (on OUR clocks, it is actually an hour later now that we are in the Central Time Zone) we set the anchor at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle under a moon doing a good job of illuminating the anchorage through a high thin overcast. It took us 63.4 hours to cover 375nm and the entire trip was under very comfortable conditions. Here it is 77F and 63% humid with moderate dew, the sea is flat and 79F. There’s an easterly breeze running 3 to 5 knots. We are settled at 20 44.857’N 105 21.882’W in 28′ over sand. Our aim is to hang out here in the anchorage today and tomorrow then move in to the marina on Tuesday where we will remain over the holidays. After that the plans take on a more general nature and lack dates and timing. At some point we’ll move further south to Bahia Tenecatita as well as to Barra de Navidad though we haven’t worked out yet just when that will happen – stay tuned.
All is well on board Milagro. “Here comes another one just like the other one” is the theme of today’s report as conditions over the past 24hrs very closely resemble the previous. We’ve moved a little further south and east but we’re still searching for usable wind and the sea remains quite reasonable. At 0630MST it was 77F, 62% humid, the pool is 80F, and the wind (WIND!?) is from the N at 1.5kts with occasional gusts to 3. There is a small westerly swell a little more closely spaced than yesterday but, with so little wind to ruffle the surface, the surface is often glassy looking. Scattered low, grey cumulus have scudded by overhead from the N all night adding some character to the moonlit night. We are at 21 46.918’N 107 07.026’W making 6kts motorsailing with the mainsail up and hope in our hearts. Our current ETA for La Cruz is about 0200MST early Sunday morning.