We flew to Los Angeles on November 1st and spent our first night at Capistrano (didn’t see any swallows though). We visited the Mission San Juan Capistrano, founded in 1776, which had beautiful gardens and bells cast in Holland. The bells had originally hung in the bell tower of the church that was destroyed in the earthquake of 1812.
There were several projects to do to get the boat ready to sail to Mexico including servicing the boom, replacing worn sheets and halyards, and preparing a space for storing extra water. Richard had to work with fiberglass and needed special equipment to protect him from the dust and smell!
When we work on the boat, everything is a mess. Things have to be moved from one part of the boat to another. Sometimes it is hard to find anything in the mess! Here is the main salon with mattresses from the aft berth as well as sails and dingy and towels and tools and rum (of course)…
The weather has been very nice; we have worn shorts every day. The sun rises and sun sets have been spectacular. This is a sun rise from the back of our boat at Chula Vista where we have moored our boat for the past year.
We are ready to head south; we have bought our Mexican fishing licenses and obtained our tourist visas. We plan on picking up our boat documents at the US Coast Guard on Monday November 22 and then head down to Ensenada, Mexico, about 65 miles south of San Diego, to clear our boat into Mexico. We are expecting light winds and clear sailing.
Over the next month we will sail down the coast of the Baja peninsula, hopping from one bay to another. The distance from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, at the southern end of the Baja peninsula, is about 800 miles. This is the same as the distance from Victoria to San Francisco which we sailed in 10 days in June 2003.