It is Sunday, May 6, 2019 and all is good here. We enjoyed passage today all the way to Bahia Agua Verde- about 15nm beyond our initial target. Conditions today allowed some off then on then off again sailing the hightlight of which was about an hour running dead down wind under main and Code Zero sails set wing on wing on totally flat seas. The wind petered out altogether though leaving us with perfect trawler conditions- glassy, flat seas and zero wind. If you’re gonna motorboat, that is surely the way to do it. Because we were making such good speed over ground while motoring we decided to press on to what would have been tomorrow’s destination so here we are. At 1607MDT our anchor was set in the South lobe of Bahia Agua Verde at 25 30.943’N, 111 03.748’W in 21′ over sand. The OAT is 89F, the pool is 76F and there is a 5-8kt breeze from the NE. The sea state here in the anchorage is flat. We will move again tomorrow with our sights set on Bahia Candeleros, the bay South of Loreto where lives the Villa del Palmar resort is found. Hasta manana.
It is Saturday, May 4th, 2019 (May The Fourth Be With You!) and all is well here. As advertised, this morning we made the 26nm jump to Isla San Francisco and enjoyed another good sailing day. We didn’t expect it to be and the available wind did vary but, in the end, we were able to sail a bit over 60% of the passage. Combine that with sailing 80% of yesterday’s passage and we’re doing pretty good so far. We aren’t likely to be quite so lucky with favorable wind conditions over the next several days but we’ll just have to see how it plays out. At 1208 MDT today, the anchor was set on the East side of Isla San Francisco at 24 49.698’N, 110 33.969’W in 15′ over sand. The OAT is 82F, the pool is 74F and the water vis is about 20′. There is a 4kt breeze from the SE and the sky is clear. Our friends on the SV Liahona (Bret and Marne) are buddy boating with us and we have a card game and group dinner planned for later today – after a fishing expedition to see if dinner can be pulled from the sea. We will be celebrating 2 birthdays, mine (today) and Bret’s (tomorrow). Then, tomorrow it’s off for someplace further north, maybe to the anchorage at Los Gatos. Tune in tomorrow and see. In the meantime, hasta manana, y’all.
It is Friday, 5/3/19 and all is well here on the Milagro. We got up early this morning after a night of mild Coromuel winds. Coromuels are overnight winds spilling into the Gulf of Mexico from the Pacific side of the Baja common to the La Paz area especially in spring. They come from a Westerly or Southwesterly direction and can be quite strong at times. Anyway, we had a bit of that overnight and got underway early for our next stop. The winds were forecast to be from the South around 10kts early but diminishing throughout the day and swinging around to be on our nose by afternoon. If we were to get to sail we needed to go early. Coming out of Bahia Falsa we were able to raise the sails and, by using various sail combinations, were able to sail to within a mile of our destination. Very nice! We are now at an unnamed cove just North of Punto Lobos on the East side of Isla Espiritu Santo. We’re calling it Liahona Cove as we learned about this spot from our good friends on the SV Liahona. So, we are anchored at 24 29.249’N, 110 18.306’W in 20′ over sand/gravel. OAT is 80F, the pool is 74F and there is a NE breeze running at 5kts. The sea is flat and we are under a high stratus overcast. Manana we continue moving North with our sights set on the East side of Isla San Francisco. Wind forecast is for mostly light and variable but we will just have to see what hand tomorrow deals us. Hasta manana, y’all.
Greetings Farkwar family. Long time no speak, eh? Well, we’re back and if the tune you hear sounds familiar it is because it is. You know, the one where we go on about how we are FINALLY underway again after so long at one place or another. It has become a common refrain but no less true. Yes, we have finally broken through the force field that is La Paz and have ventured out and about. We have certainly enjoyed wintering there and, in particular, have enjoyed our new mooring set up just outside the entrance to Marina de La Paz. It seems to offer the best of being anchored out combined with with the convenience of social interaction with our many friends in La Paz. So, that’s our excuse this time…at least it’s a new one. Today we’ve made it as far as Bahia Falsa, just outside the La Paz channel, and are staged to move tomorrow to the East side of Isla Espiritu Santo and then on North from there. We are set at 24 15.499’N, 110 19.063’W in 25′ over sand and are the only boat here. The OAT is 83F, the pool is a chilly 74F and there is an 8kt breeze running from the NW. Water vis is about 15′ and the surface is flat. More from Espiritu Santo manana.
It is Tuesday, 12/18/18, and all is just fine here. We moved today into La Paz and took a mooring just at the entrance to Marina de La Paz. This one belongs to a friend but is immediately next door to where ours is supposed to be. What? Yes, we’ve bought a mooring here. However, the fellow who placed it and manages it for us has been unable to secure the ground tackle to it because of the recent winds and sea state. Once he gets that done we will shift over a few feet to our new home in La Paz. At 1340MST Milagro was secured to the mooring at 24 09.339’N, 110 19.730’W in 17′ of water (and is low tide almost to the minute. The OAT is 79F, it’s 69F in the pool and there is a N breeze blowing 11 to 15kts right now. Forecast calls for 20-25 tonight and tomorrow before starting to settle on Thursday then become mostly calm for a few days starting Friday. The dinghy is launched, we have a dinner invite ashore for tonight and Judy has already been scheduled for a card game tomorrow. I guess we are home! For a while, until well into January I reckon.
It is Sunday, 12/16/18 and all is good here. As advertised, we moved closer to La Paz today. Conditions early were pretty rowdy with N winds to 27kts (27.7!) and following seas 3′-4′, occasionally 4′-6′. Slowly through the day the conditions gradually improved to eventually become mostly flat seas and 10kts of NE wind by the second half of the day. Again we went through many sail configurations with the changing conditions but the good news is that we were able to sail almost the entire way. The skies remained overcast today and even spit a little rain at us. We kept being reminded of sailing on SF Bay or maybe the PacWest! We are now anchored just outside of La Paz at Bahia Falsa at 24 15.470N, 110 19.145’W in 30′ over sand/gravel. The OAT is 75F, the pool is 74F and the wind is 5-10kts from the N. At this location we have cell coverage which even gets us a little internet. Tomorrow or Tuesday we will move into La Paz and our new mooring (more on that later) where we will hang out until sometime after the New Year. More to follow.
It is Saturday, 12/15/18 and all is good on the Milagro. Today we continued our march towards La Paz and are anchored now at San Evaristo. This is a tiny fishing village just N of the NE corner of the Bay of La Paz with a 2 lobed bay well protected from all directions except E and SE. We have boating friends who recently swallowed the hook, adopted this village and settled here so hope to connect with them tonight. Seas today still had not settled so that 3′ to 4′ close space NW swell from yesterday was with us all day before finally smoothing some as we approached the anchorage. We are hopeful tomorrow could see a much better sea state. Solid overcast all day so it feels chilly here on the water despite temps in the mid-70s. Or, our blood’s just too dang thin already! At 1420MST we were set at 24 54.501’N, 110 42.350’W in 15′ over sand. OAT is 74F, pool is 73F and the N wind is running 10-15kts right at the moment.
It is Friday, 12/14/18 and all is well here on Milagro. After waiting out the worst of the North wind event we got ourselves moving South today. On the heels of the winds the seas were still quite stirred up with a 3′-4′ N swell running under a confused surface as well as wind waves generated by winds that ranged from 7 to 27 kts. The conditions drove us to cycle through a wide range of sail and motor configurations including a wing on wing downwind romp at 7.5 kts at one point to motorsailing under main alone. Aside from the extra workout and rolly conditions caused by the following/quartering seas, it was a pleasant day. At 1420 MST we set the anchor in the North lobe at Bahia Agua Verde at 25 31.296’N, 111 04.401’W in 37′ over gravel. It’s a bit crowded as 8 other boats were already here likely hiding from the N winds like we did at Coronados. The OAT is 78F, the pool is 74F and there is 6-8kts of N breeze. Conditions are forecast to contiue moderating so we will move further South tomorrow with our sights set on San Evaristo. Hasta manana.
It is Wednesday, 12 December, 2018 and we are back. I should say, we are FINALLY back! As crazy as it seems, we’ve been absent from the Water World for 6 whole months – a first for us. We dashed off almost a month earlier than normal (the exact reason for which I can no longer remember) then our return was delayed a full month first by Judy’s travels then by me causing some damage to our motorhome. This world seems quite strange for the moment as we reprogram ourselves from living in one “tiny home” to another, each very different from the other. We rushed through recommisioning tasks because forecast wind and sea conditions told us to go quickly or face waiting 4 days, or more, for conditions to return to favorable. So we made ready in record time and have now made our passage from San Carlos, Sonora (mainland MX) to the Loreto, BCS area on the Baja. We left the SC marina at 1100 MST, Tuesday and planted the anchor at Isla Coronados this morning at 0425 MST. (Apparently we DO remember how to anchor!) It was an unremarkable passage. We are set now at 26 06.048’N, 111 17.038’W on the south side of Isla Coronados in 22′ of clear water over sand. As I write this (1030MST) the pool is 72 and the OAT is 76 under mostly overcast but improving skies. The wind is NNW 10-13kts and expected to reach the mid 20’s this afternoon, tomorrow and maybe Friday. We are staying put until this wind event passes. As a “welcome back” the Amigo Net has already learned of our return and immediatley drafted me for Net Controller duties. I guess that certifies that we ARE back but, if so, we’re glad of it. Welcome back everyone!
It is Thursday, 31 May, 2018 and all is well here. After arriving at Bahia Algodones yesterday we contacted the San Carlos marina to confirm our reservation for June 7 only to learn that the previous tenants had vacated the slip earlier than scheduled. Slip B23 was sitting empty just waiting on us. With that sort of serendipity what else could we do but agree to come in early ourselves. We enjoyed a fun evening ashore at the Soggy Peso visiting with friends on the SV Kismet (Rick, Wendy and boat dog Reah) as well as meeting the crew of SV Pincoya (Gene and Gloria). This morning we bid adios to the folks on both the Sonrisa and the Amigo nets and headed for the barn. At 0810MST Milagro was secured in slip B23 at 27 56.871’N, 111 03.365’W. The OAT is 83F, it’s 76F in the pool and there is a NW breeze at 8-10 kts. We will spend the next several days stripping Milagro of her sails and canvas, giving her a good bath, removing perishable foods and carefully storing what we think will survive and then packing up those goodies we won’t leave home without. So I’m sorry to say that this is it for this cruising season. I’m not sure about chronicling our motorhome travels and adventures this summer. I may (MAY) try to keep the blog updated or perhaps I’ll just keep posting to Farkwar, we’ll see. If you’re interested, the blog URL is http://www.milagro42.com. In the meantime, thank you all for putting up with our lame attempt to share some of this cruising world.