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Seattle-Mexico-Hawaii

Mar
23
2009

Dispatch 1: The Voyage Begins

Dispatch 1 sent 3/23/09 (Seattle to San Francisco): Dear family and friends, Paul is heading out on his latest sailing adventure, Seattle-San Francisco-San Diego-Los Cabos-Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California)-Hawaii-Seattle, and expects to be home by mid-August. We hope that this time, three times is a charm (those new to this list may not know […]

Mar
29
2009

Dispatch 2: Heading toward SF

Dispatch 2 sent 3/29/09 (off the West Coast heading toward San Francisco): Paul, Guillaume, and Rick continue to bash their way toward San Francisco. Paul called this morning (as he does every morning) with a position report, and they were about 180 nautical miles WNW of San Francisco. It has certainly been challenging for all […]

Apr
4
2009

Dispatch 3: “Indigo” on the Hard

Dispatch 3 sent 4/4/09 (Sausalito): Indigo and her crew faced three days of 30-40 knot winds just north of San Francisco.  They sailed with just a partially reefed foresail and the main and jib totally furled. A very tired Paul and crew arrived in Sausalito around midnight on Tuesday morning after motoring the last 8 […]

Apr
12
2009

Dispatch 4: SF to Santa Barbara

Dispatch 4 sent 4/12/09 (Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara): Lucas, who’s 23 and will be going to graduate school in Sociology in the fall, joined us in Sausalito. Boat repairs were finally completed on 4/6, and we took off later that day, heading for Santa Cruz to pick up one crew member and meet with […]

Apr
16
2009

Dispatch 5: Santa Barbara to Ensenada

Dispatch 5 sent 4/16/09 (Santa Barbara to Ensenada): We sailed/motored about 30 hours from Santa Barbara to Ensenada. The weather did get noticeably warmer after we left Santa Barbara, and conditions were excellent:  light breezes, sunny skies, and, as you can see below, lots of sea birds, at least when they had something interesting to […]

Apr
22
2009

Dispatch 6: Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas

Dispatch 6 sent 4/24/09 (Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas): We had the longest sail of the trip, having left Ensenada on 4/17, and arriving in Cabo San Lucas just after sunset last night, 4/23. Paul and “Indigo” have travelled about 2500 nm since leaving Quartermaster Harbor on 3/20; Lucas and I about 1600 nm. Paul […]

Apr
30
2009

Dispatch 7: Cabo San Lucas to La Paz

Dispatch 7 sent 4/30/09 (Cabo San Lucas to La Paz): We spent several leisurely days getting to La Paz, which is about 130 nm from Cabo San Lucas, staying the first night at Los Frailes, and the second in Ensenada de los Muertos. Ah, it looks like desert terrain! While we were anchored in Ensenada […]

May
5
2009

Dispatch 8: La Paz to Puerto Escondido

Dispatch 8 sent 5/5/09 (La Paz to Puerto Escondido): In my last dispatch I talked about the fish jumping. Boy, oh boy, we hadn’t seen anything! The day after we left La Paz, we were sailing and started seeing small dolphins – there must have more than 20 of them — breaking the surface, sometimes […]

May
9
2009

Dispatch 9: in the Sea of Cortez

Dispatch 9 sent 5/9/09 (Puerto Escondido to La Paz): I didn’t talk much about Puerto Escondido in my last dispatch. The entrance to Puerto Escondido is dramatic, as you dodge underwater reefs and other obstacles, while also paying attention to some very visible large rocks/islets. (how large does a rock have to be to be […]

May
19
2009

Dispatch 10: La Paz to Mazatlan and beyond

Dispatch 10 sent 5/19/09 (La Paz to Mazatlan): After hearing from others about buying fish from local fishermen, we finally experienced buying directly from a fisherman, who approached us in a remote bay in the Sea of Cortez. Paul tried to talk to him, but other than the word “fish” (and, as it turned out, […]