Log, Page 3
Gift, amid the famous rocks of Cabo San Lucas
5 months out, "Wind Gift" has covered some serious Southbound miles.
log resumes with a letter that was sent from Mexico on January 31, 1999:
in Cabo San Lucas, waiting the last twenty days for mail. It came.
Cabo at 0800. Made only 12.8 nm all day.
at Costa Azul, near Cabo de San Jose.
at 0900. It started slow, then switched to a Northerly at 8 - 10
a run of 100.3 nautical miles in a 24 hour period.
died. Slept. 1000: becalmed.
on motor. Saw 2 sea turtles! 1400: back on sail.
total nm from Santa Barbara.
Isla Isabella at 1050.
on glassy seas. Anchored at 1400.
Liesurely trip. Saw no Gray Whales!
at Punta Mita, 1430.
N 105* 59'W
came up. Left at 0800. As soon as I got going, it stopped,
and I had to motor
Puerto Vallarta. No anchoring available. I had to take a slip!
39.79' N 105* 15.05' W
the way, about a half mile off, a Humpback breached many times.
did it upside down! Belly up! Awesome!!!
Puerto Vallarta at 1030. Sailed against the wind all the way back
to Punta Mita.
at 0730. Light winds, motoring.
Cabo Corrientos light house at 1515. Took a photo.
on the motor before dawn to make Bahia Chamela before dark.
1/24 to 1030 1/25, 57 nm.
85* Water: 75*
N. 105*07.92' W.
total miles sailed from Santa Barbara.
Chamela to Bahia Tenacatita, 0800 to 1500.
85* Water: 80*
N 104* 50.28' W
my Canadian courtesy flag to Les on the "GYPSY WIND".
flag was all faded.
to 1115: Bahia Tenacatita to Bahia Navidad.
am the only sailboat here!
all the way with light winds on the nose.
air 82* water.
N 104*42.71' W
Navidad to Manzanillo, 0630 to 1330
85* Water: 82*
N 104*18.67' W
Manzanillo, 1300. Tried working the jib.
balances better than the genoa for self-steering.
halfway to Bahia Maruata. Wind came from every direction.
up motoring the last 30 miles.
dolphins play on my bow while motoring on a moonlit glassy sea.
Bahia Maruata 1430.
air 82* water
N 103*20.73' W
Maruata to Bahia Pechilinguillo, 0830 to 1330.
90* Water: 85*
at 0600 in a light Northerly. It died at 0900.
"GIFT" sits becalmed on a glassy sea, schools of fish, 2 inches long
vertical white bands scurry to keep in "GIFTS" shadow.
Booby circles anxiously, trying to figure out how to catch the fish without
too close to "GIFT".
A light Southerly comes up, and turns into a travelling wind that lasts
half the night.
motored during a calm while the wind was changing to a Northerly.
winds! At one time, it was 8 to 10 knots, and whole schools of flying
fish (10 to 20)
flying together to celebrate the wind.
whale breeched maybe 20 times off my port side, a half mile away.
saw a sea turtle!
last 30 miles to anchor in daylight.
1600 at Zihuatanejo.
90* Water: 85*
N 101*33.32' W
and Rosemary on "MARIA LENA" raced me in.
saw them last in Santa Barbara,
Nautical Miles ago.
how would it be?
all rested up, and today I went snorkelling. I explored Bahia Zihuatanejo
the dinghy, and when I found a place where I wanted to snorkel, I would
just tow the dinghy behind me. That's easier than trying to anchor
it, or tie it up someplace.
may be the most delightful swim of my life. I didn't see any spearable
fish, but it
so neat to just put on a mask and fins, and roll off the boat! No
from there, he was headed for Acapulco, expecting to be there in time for
the mail to catch up to him by April 01. After that, email could
be a problem for awhile, as he intends to make a
run of 336 miles, bypassing Guatemala altogether and landing next at
Corinto, in Nicaragua.
that was the plan.....
ships' log resumes again on March 27
Acapulco at 0700. Motored 4 hours, then a most wonderful travelling
wind set in to last most of the night.
blessed me. I saw one about 8 feet long in crystal clear water, smiling
at me under my boat. 0700, 3/27 ~ 0700, 3/28: 81.9 nautical
sailing day with milder winds. Motored the last ten miles to anchor
Chacahna at 1014, 3/29
3/28 ~ 1014, 3/29: 61.6 nautical miles.
90* Water: 78*
too bouncy - big swee running. Did some work on the boat.
and water sealed the rudder bolts, then left at 1315.
a good nap ghosting outta' there on a light westerly.
a mousy Easterly set in and I motored most of the night.
outboard began acting up; finally started making death moans, but with
and some motoring, I anchored at Puerto Huatulco at 1615.
90* Water 80*
17,646 pesos to Pablo Dominguez for a new 8 h.p. Johnson long shaft,
be here in 15 days.
nautical miles, total.
last received an email from him on April 22nd., saying that his new motor
was to leave Huatulco the following Monday, bound again for Costa Rica.
hope he emails again pretty soon!
most visitors to this page are aware, a major interest to El Bucko is Whale
will be trying to attract people like Honda, and the makers of just about
uses. If anyone knows the right companies to approach about some
cell phone, and how to convince them that they need a whale chaser in
you for visiting!