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If you found this blog via a link from a cruising site ~ we did cruise Mexico on our Ocean 49 cat for a season. See the first text box on the right for links to our preparations, trip down Baja, life in Mexico, cruising and trip back up to SoCal. Unfortunately we are back to the grind in the USA...

Monday, July 9, 2007

Island Trip with Chris & Lorry of "Hiolani", or "Traffic Jam in the Channel"

Our friends, Chris & Lorry spend 6 months in Barra de Navidad, Mexico (see posts from our time in Manzanillo) and 6 months working in the States. They have an older catamaran, so we wanted to take them out on our cat.

It was pretty foggy in the morning and the ship traffic was unbelievable!
More than we have ever seen!
We had to stop for Southbound Ship #1:

Southbound Ship #2:

Southbound Tug & Tow (should count as two obstacles):

Then powered up to get behind it and in front of Southbound Ship #4:

There was even Southbound Ship #5, but I was sick of taking pictures of ships by then.
Chris did get this shot of another sailboat that had to play "Saturday Morning Dodge-the-Ships" too! I've never been so happy to get out of the shipping lanes!!

Headed up to Prisoner's and were just anchoring with "Islander" came in to unload passengers on the pier. We heard a familiar voice yelling over to us - Ms. Wiline Holien (or better known as Cherryl)! Dave, Cherryl, Pete & Tracy were on board. Cherryl of course had her crew do the "ice cream delivery thing"!
We are SO spoiled! We ate them quickly as it was pretty warm and we wanted to go over to the pier to say hi to the gang and thank Cherryl for the ice cream sandwiches. Turns out the four of them were on their way to the cabin at Del Norte for a few days.
We had fun watching Daveyboy back the Jeep and trailer down the pier (better than me or Cherryl trying it!). The wind was starting to pick up and it was still pretty early, so we decided to sail down the front side to Yellowbanks. We pulled up anchor and pulled out the headsail (not going to fight this main for such a short trip) and sailed down island. We saw this great traditional "island" catamaran off of Chinese. Back to the calm & sunshine of Yellowbanks!!
Warm enough to jump in!

Well two of us anyway and I don't "jump"...
I slide...

Lorry & I kayaked over to Smugglers and watched the baitfish jump, then time for some afternoon vino - "Eagle Castle Syrah Rose"!
In a Mastantuono glass - great Paso Robles wine tasting memories!

We saw Wally & Linda and Rick & Karin, and enjoyed a beautiful warm Yellowbanks afternoon!

The guys went fishing and the girls made stuffed jalapenos. I took a few over to Rick & Karin of "Eyes of the World" and invited them over for a drink. We enjoyed the rest of the afternoon and evening, then had a tri-tip dinner. Then early to bed.

On Sunday morning I made a big "cruiser breakfast" of potatoes, red bell peppers, onions, sausage, scrambled eggs & watermelon - quite the feast. Lorry cleaned up - she cleaned up the night before too - thanks L!

Then headed out to the gap fishing grounds. Not much luck, but Jim caught a giant kelp and it's rock!

Then pulled up & out the sails and headed home. And for once NO SHIPS!!
Nice sail back, then nice dinner out at Casa de Soria. It was really fun to share the boat with other catamaran owners. Another great weekend trip!

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