Cool Change buttoned up in Mazatlan; Rick and Cindy in California

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Rick and I are now back in California again. Since our last post in May, we sailed Cool Change back across the Sea of Cortez from La Paz to Mazatlan, and had her hauled out for a bottom job, new … Continue reading

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Medical Update and Visit to the U.S.

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On April 16, we flew back from La Paz to the U.S., mostly because my (Cindy’s) appointments with a spine specialist and a hip surgeon were finally coming due after a two month wait time. We also planned on taking … Continue reading

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Rick’s Log of our Sea of Cortez Survey Trip

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CINDY’S INTRODUCTION Rick and I had intended to dedicate this spring to a long and relaxing cruise through what is referred to as the “Sea of Cortez.” Actually, the Sea is a long stretch of water about 100 miles wide … Continue reading

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Sea of Cortez Musings

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Rick documented almost every day of our three week tour of the Sea of Cortez, to a level of detail I didn’t need to duplicate. Instead I just wrote when inspired, about some little aspect or other of our trip. … Continue reading

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“The days passed happily with me whenever my ship sailed”

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… Capt. Joshua Slocum, Sailing Around the World Alone, 1899. Tearing away from land is always a challenge. Even after only a week or so in Mazatlan, it was hard to say goodbye. Our 80+ year-old neighbors in a sailboat … Continue reading

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Moving On

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We sailed out of Banderas Bay on Thursday, March 3 for the trip northwest up to Mazatlan, with provisions for three nights without access to land. After a forty nautical mile sail, mostly motoring except about four hours of wind … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Turn of Events

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While Barra de Navidad was charming in many respects, my (Cindy’s) time there wasn’t without its stresses. I was being eaten alive by insects I couldn’t see, probably jejenes, or no-see-ums as the gringos call them. No matter how well … Continue reading

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Barra de Navidad

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Other cruisers told us we would love Barra de Navidad, and judging from the length of time we stayed there, I guess they were right. Getting there was such a thrill that we were off to a good start. Several … Continue reading

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Chamela, Paraiso and Tenacatita Anchorages

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After one of my least favorite overnight passages, rounding Cabo Corrientes, Chamela was a welcome sight. Hours before, during the late night before sunrise, we tried to slow our pace to arrive after first light. We are amongst those cruisers … Continue reading

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Cruising Mainland Mexico: Cabo Corrientes heading South

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Leaving the Puerto Vallarta area in Banderas Bay was not unlike leaving home. Cool Change had been there for nearly nine months. We had a party with our dockmates to say goodbye. The government of Mexico and the Mexican telephone … Continue reading

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