|December 14th: Departure day has finally arrived. Emma and I had let two departure dates come and go. Now it was really time to cut the lines and head south. Juan and Tea were both on the boat finishing last minute additions. Emma was still finding a few more items to pack and Phoebe and Drake were all but oblivious to what was about to take place. At 1300 we cut the lines and let the main sail fly. We were making our way out of homeport Redondo amid horns from knowi ng boats and boaters. The voyage was about to begin. Phoebe below is having second thoughts. With a quick hand we put her into Blue Sky and made our way down the channel. Dave Hunt's sailing catamaran Jane'O gave chase with overflowing decks. Neighbors, close friends, Josh & Sean from The Redondo Beach Daily Breeze newspaper. Dave came with us as far as the R-10 bouy at the Palos Verdes point. Then on it was Emma, Phoebe Drake Peterdog & me.
Dec 15: After all the excitement of the departure, Phoebe and Drake fell fast asleep. We motorsailed overnight to arrive in Ensenada. We stopped in Ensenada because Blue Sky needed her fishing license and Ensenada is a "one stop" check in and out. The new system is only available in a few cities so we took full advantage of immigration, fishing, banking and checking blue sky into Mexico and out of Ensenada. It only took about 1 hour to acomplish all the paperwork. In the past this could have taken multiple days to complete.
December 16: Last minute tasks completed Peter, Emma and I prepared Blue Sky for a week of open ocean. We departed Ensenada at 1900 for Turtle Bay. The passage South out of Ensenad is marked by rocks coming out from the point and an Island to the North. We were able to put the night vision scope to good use and utilized every instument to make certain that we were keeping our intended course. We were all awake for the passage out of Ensenada. Once we cleared, we all got back on our usual watch schedual. Emma is 1900 to 2300. I am 2300 to 0300 and Peterdog is 0300 to 0700. Emma is back on at 0700 to 1100, me at 1100 to 1500. Then Peterdog 1500 to 1900. Peter especially likes his sunrises and sunsets. Emma like to be available when the children wake and I fill in where ever I'm needed.
December 18th: Threaded our way around Isla Benitos and seaward to Cedros Island. Entered Turtle Bay at 13:30. We added 200 liters of diesel and a couple of cases of Pacificos. By 1500 we were back outside and heading South. The wind really picked
|Phoebe at left is having second thoughts as now she realizes that we are really leaving. After lots of tears with mommy (Peter and I both had to bite our cheeks) Phoebe was worn out an she and Drake crashed out to the rythum of the Perkins diesel and the gentle motion of following seas.|
|Severt's with a proper send off|
|Time to go|
|December 19th: Really interesting night with confused following, quartering and occasionally beam seas. The Ratheon chain driven autopilot exceeded my expectations. I held its course with out oversteering and allowed us not to become exhausted. We reefed the main and brought in the staysyl and mizzen. We also made more South than East as I wanted as much sea room as possible with these conditions.
December 21st: Miss Phoebe catches her first fish. The beautiful dodo was hauled in just north of Cabo Falso in the late afternoon. The stoffers lasaugne went back into the freezer and we all had fresh dodo a few hours later. We arrived in Cabo to anchor about 2000 or 2100. Emma and Peterdog went in to check on the fuel dock info and to replenish a couple of supplies for our next jump to the mainland.
|To the left is "G" man. I really don't understand him but Emma and Phoebe have insisted on this guy coming along. This is one of those battles you can't win so here he is with the Arch of Cabo San Lucas over his shoulder. To the right is miss Phoebe's dodo. Phoebe caught him on a silver feather and we all read the fishing guide to learn all there is about Dorado.|
|Diesel panga in Turtle Bay,Baja|
|"G" Man at Cabo San Lucas, Baja Sur|
|Getting diesel in Turtle Bay, Baja|