|Monkey is our navigator and has a little nip once in a while.|
- Shawn and Heather’s Sea of Cortez (2009)
- Captain Rains’ Mexico Cruising Guide (With updates in 2011)
- Jack Williams’ book, Mexico Baja California (1988)
- Charlie’s Charts (2009)
|Geary in his radio shack at Burro Cove|
|These little sea catfish swarmed the shady side of the boat. Very easy to catch, and tasty!|
|Lunch in Mulege - Eating out is a treat after a week at sea.|
|Traveler under tow. Flat seas are normal in Bahia Concepcion.|
I looked up to see a sailboat heading across Traveler’s stern and jumped to reel in the fishing line we had streaming out behind. When the boat was about 100 feet away it lurched to port as the pilot realized that he was seconds away from ramming us. The good thing is that he brought a good east wind with him that we rode the rest of the day and into the night. After sundown Connie took her shift at the wheel and as I tried to sleep the winds built and built. By midnight we were in 20 knots of wind that bowled us along at 7.2 knots. Did we have the main reefed? No. Did we have the Genoa rolled in? No. Will we ever learn? It appears not.
|Celebrating the crossing with a special bottle of wine.|
To take the tension off the headstay Connie loosened the backstay by turning the turnbuckle. Then I took a piece of line and tied a loop through the bow roller and the shackle above the furler head. Then I took a screwdriver and inserted it in the loop and turned it round and round, twisting the loop of line, kinda like you do when you tension a fence. This drew the forestay closer to the deck, bending the mast forward so I could slip the pin out and free the furler. Clever huh? With the forestay and staysail stay off, the lift could get centered on Traveler properly.
|See how the front of the lift is aft of the forestay?|