Friday, April 17, 2015

Lazy days in Ensenada

Maitreya and her captain and crew are enjoying lazy days in Ensenada. The trip down was uneventful and unfortunately no wind although we had a forecast of a nice breeze around 10 knots. We left the Police Dock a little after 5 am and motored for about 10 hours, catching a bit of kelp in the shallow waters around Enseneda before we reached Marina Coral. A big luxury yacht was speeding by us and on the AIS we noticed they got into the same marina, which made it a bit easier to find exactly where the entrance of the breakwater is. The Mexican Navy was patrolling as well but apparently we were of no interest to them.

The marina staff is as friendly as we remembered and the facilities including the pool are lovely as ever. Unfortunately the little white crew member is not allowed in the hotel area so we're taking turns enjoying the pool before our showers. The spa is being renovated and all live-aboards and cruisers are awaiting the time when it reopens so we can use their showers again. Life is hard....:-)

Piper is exploring the neighborhood happily and is making sure all folks around are greeted properly.

Last weekend, we had the good fortune to enjoy some of the best Baja Californian wines and great seafood, right in our back yard. Together with our new neighbors we enjoyed the 25 year anniversary Festival de las Conchas y Vino Nuevo. Great fun with great new friends!

Friday, April 3, 2015

The supervisor on the premises

He surely likes the sun! Also figured out how to get off the boat under the lifeline netting and tried to catch a seal (second time around); we'll see how that works in real time....

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Still hanging in SoCal....

Maitreya and her captain and crew are still in San Diego upgrading and fixing stuff on the boat and now waiting for repair of the SSB radio that had to be sent back to Icom. Ahhh, the cruising life.....but there are certainly worst places in the world to work on your boat :-) We're enjoying the lovely weather, company of close friends, the hospitality of the Southwestern Yacht Club now for the second time and anchored last weekend in La Playa Cove where we were able to dock our new dinghy at the San Diego Yacht Club. Previously we were able to enjoy the full benefit and amenities of the San Diego Yacht Club but unfortunately our little white crew member is not allowed on Maitreya at their docks.

We also stayed for a few days at the Police Dock, which is pretty much deserted after the City increased the fee to yacht club level daily charges ($1/ft). There is a beautiful little park that is built by a non-profit organization called the Pacific Rim Park Project. From their website:

The parks are designed and built by architecture students under the artistic supervision of leading artists, architects and urban planners. The students come from the countries of the Pacific Rim. They transcend their language and cultural differences through a shared vision to design and build a park within a time frame of 30 days. After a new park is completed, it is given as a gift to the citizens of the Pacific and to the sponsoring organization or institution in the host city. All parks are for the public, and are directly connected to the Pacific Ocean. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The prettiest girl from Port Townsend

Schooner Martha docked 15 minutes after us last Friday at the Southwestern Yacht Club in San Diego. What a small sailing world :-)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Still There?

Berkeley to San Diego

Long time no blogging.....we arrived at the Southwestern Yacht Club in San Diego last Friday March 13 at 5.13 am and all of us (Captain Jak, Admirals LaVonne and Corine and boat dog Piper) happy to be there. We celebrated our arrival and Jak's birthday with a well deserved glass of scotch before we woke up John, Priscilla and Bo for a great reunion at their house.

Quiet an adventurous trip with first good wind but choppy seas at frequent intervals bashing into the the beam (lots of bumps and bruises) and then no wind. The autopilot was not working so besides the fact that it was very special for us to have LaVonne who build Maitreya with Bill in the 70's on board, we were very happy to be able to share the continuous 2 hour watches of hand steering with her for the next 3 days. We got a little more very slow sailing in the last day.

Piper was a serious trooper and now officially Maitreya's boat dog. I can't say he liked it too much, got seasick a bit the first day or two, and was able to train his bladder and bowels to see who could win but then decided to do his business on the foredeck. He had a few nice Titanic moments where he needed to check out the smells under him at the bow, the one part we don't have any lifeline netting. On a positive note, snuggling up in one of the 3 available bunks was a nice feature (and I truly enjoyed sleeping with the little munchkin for one of the very rare moment in our lives).

Now it's back to fixing things that broke on Maitreya before we head further South. Just never a dull moment on a boat..... Surely nice to do that in the San Diego sun close to our dear friends up the hill!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Preparing to Get Underway

Planning on leaving Berkeley tomorrow and making the afternoon tide. Headed to Mexico via San Diego. 

I have been working on a prototype tiller pilot to Monitor wind vane connection for steering while motoring. Hacked together a bracket with a hand saw and epoxy. 

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