On the water..ready to depart for La Paz

Trip Start Dec 16, 2008
Trip End Jul 01, 2013

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Flag of Mexico  , Northern Mexico,
Sunday, February 20, 2011

..just waiting for the weather to ease ,then tomorrow we depart on a 250NM trip to la Paz.
We plan to stop in secluded bays on the way to further explore this magical sea next to the desert.
Our first destination is an overnight sail , of 98NM (approx. 18-20hours) to San Juanico , a bay broken up in smaller bays surrounded by reefs,so ideal for shelter,walking,kayaking and snorkelling.Though it depends on the wind,if it is kind we might continue down Baja California to Escondido,then Aqua Verde,Espirito Santos (Caleta Partida), then another bay ,Balandra, before la Paz,around 10days in total.
The wind is forecast to be WNW  max.20kn. We shall see,though it will still be a little choppy as the current sets north and our course is just west of south at 187 degrees. (magnetic).
You can check on the Google Earth map here.
 The launch went well,except for a leak from the stern gland,which is understandable (8 months drying out in the desert heat). Everyone in the yard came along to assist.There's not much else going on anyway!
I made a lead line for the depth as the depth sounder is playing up, but we have the dinghy and kayak for reckies.
Horatio's (yard manager) friend gave me a ride on his motorbike and it was fun and scary at the same time.The roads are so full of potholes and we had no crash helmets on,(the police we passed didn't seem bothered about that), however he was a careful driver.
Everyday we watch the shrimp boats opposite bump,or should I say crunch into each other.These boats have been fishing since the 40's and stocks have been decimated by overfishing/over -consumption.Most of the shrimp (giant Pacific prawns actually) are sent to Japan.
These are their final days and final resting place.
 So hasta luego,as I won't be in touch for about 2 weeks now......better go Tony's hammering his way out of the bilge!
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