no images were foundWe left San Diego on November 23rd at 1:30 pm and spent our first night at sea motoring to Ensenada, about 65 miles away. The winds that were predicted, 15-20 knots, perfect for sailing, did not materialize. We arrived in the dark and waited until the cruise ship entered the harbour before we tried. Our home looks pretty small anchored in Ensenada compared to the cruise ship!
We got our papers for staying in the country: tourist visas, import permit for the boat, and crew list authorization from the port captain.
Our first overnight took us to Bahia San Quintin, 115 miles from Ensenada. Here is the sunset over the five volcanic cinder cones as seen from our boat, the highest is 876 feet. The swell from the ocean made for a rolly sleep.
The next overnight took us 180 miles to Bahia Tortugas (Turtle Bay). Entrepreneurs in this small Mexican town provided taxi service to the boats anchored in the bay as well as bringing out diesel and water. Although this town had only dirt roads, we found several grocery stores, “internet cafes” and restaurants. A storm blew in from the south on the day we wanted to leave requiring us to stay put a few days longer.
We did 2 day sails to Bahia de la Asuncion (48 miles) and Punta Abreojos (45 miles) before doing one more overnight to Bahia Santa Maria (130 miles). We caught our first fish on that trip, a bonito, a dark fleshed fish that is best for cat food…
no images were foundWe sent a couple of days resting in Santa Maria before doing a short day sail of only 20 miles into Bahia Magdalena. We anchored in Man-of-War Cove for a week, taking on supplies (beer, rum and diesel) and exploring this very large bay.
We hiked up the hills to view the Pacific, visited the mangroves and enjoyed the local restaurant where Jose grilled lobsters for our lunch. The port captain took us to San Carlos to the local market for other supplies.
no images were foundOn December 21 we left “Mag Bay” for our last overnight on our trip to Cabo. We avoided several whales, caught a 25 pound dorado (mahi mahi) and had a good sail to Cabo San Lucas