We made another friend in Ensenada that we had over for drinks. Michael is a retired x-pat that is delivery crew on occasion and had some good insight into where we were headed. Michael is a live aboard on a spectacular wooden hull sloop rig. The woodwork was to die for we enjoyed exchanging thoughts on boats, adventures, and life in general on E dock in Ensenada! Michael, we made it safely and Thank You for all the great tips (drink bottled beer and not canned beer due to the possibility local dogs “relieve” them selves on the stored beer cans in the alley near the stores, anchor spots, and most of all the great stories of your adventures in Mexico)!
Leaving the fuel dock in Ensenada on July Fourth, we scared the fuel attendant when we went in reverse into the wind ( at 3/4 throttle and yes I could here Todd, our boat neighbor in San Diego, in my head saying “go slow”)and turned the boat in a 180 degree pivot. Missing 2 concrete piling so by about 30 feet with the bow. It was how I envisioned it but not with the stress that came from the possabillity of it not working out.
Just an over nighter to Isla San Martin ( yes Blake I thought how your daughter could be named after an Island because no man is an island) and a very rocky anchorage…40 degrees to and fro …. For an afternoon,evening and night. Trevor prepared and cooked the meals for our next passage that we expected to last about 2 days. It was so rolly in the anchorage at Isla San Martin that the rice cooker fell over….to say the least, lesson learned…always have a non-skid pad underneath.
We got the spinnaker up with a bit of reading and found it to work well with the wind just off our back side… However we had no idea if we had a traditional spinnaker or an asymetrical spinnaker and there is a difference as to how you rig the spinnaker. We lucked out and our asymetrical spinnaker fly beautifully!
We have seen a gray whale, a sea turtle, many Dolphins (one juvenile came so close to the side of our boat when Trevor was setting our spinnaker it scared him), and even a squid jumped onto our boat in the middle of the night. We have yet to catch a fish but Trevor is working on it. ; )