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Lovin these northerly breezes

Lowell, April 30, 2016

Thursday April 28th Punta Palpito >>>   Awesome, the northeast winds we’ve had the past 2 days return on  our way south from Mulege.
Blame it on Mulege

Lowell, April 30, 2016

   Wednesday April 27th The photo left sets the stage for our day in Mulege.
Chilled in Mulege

Lowell, April 28, 2016

Thursday April 28th Just a quick update to let everybody know we’ve got the frig running consistently.
In Santa Rosalia with work to do

Lowell, April 27, 2016

Sunday April 24th – arriving Santa Rosalia   Our last visit to Santa Rosalia was with Craig and Linda Lyons 2 years ago limping Gato Loco north with motor problems.
Kino Surfing on our way to Baja

Lowell, April 24, 2016

Saturday April 23 It’s funning how you notice things for the first time somewhere you’ve been many times.
Shark Island Melodies

Lowell, April 22, 2016

Thursday April 21st   We’ll open with a fishing report and you can see fishing is good as Lynnie last touched the  pole cleaning the seaweed and BAM a 30” Yellowtail ...
Puerto Lobos before dark…

Lowell, April 21, 2016

Desemboque as we sail south   Wednesday evening April 20th We’re still reeling from Bill’s quick departure this morning.
Provisioning done, Just add wind

Lowell, April 20, 2016

The Gato Loco cruise begins today.   Weather looks good for our departure except for the wind.
Sailing Season 2016 plans firming up..

Lowell, April 10, 2016

Our Home Port First, a view of Gato Loco’s home port of Puerto Penasco.
Incredible Whale season here in Puerto Penasco

Lowell, February 21, 2016

We’ve been hanging in Penasco over the past weeks with family while we prepare for the up coming sailing season.
Gato Loco Heading Southbound. Time to make some plans.

Lowell, January 29, 2016

Setting on our Cholla Bay patio watching the sunset only makes the urge  to go sailing south even stronger.
Final legs home to Penasco

Lowell, May 30, 2015

Tuesday May 26th We bid the fishermen goodbye and they head back to Puerto Lobos.
Memorial Day in Refugio

Lowell, May 28, 2015

Memorial Day hi-light is sailing in the north bay checking on our fishing buddies and playing with the whales. A perfect Memorial.
Heading to Refugio to Hang with our Fishing Buddies

Lowell, May 26, 2015

Saturday May 23rd (Memorial Weekend) Whale channel the easy way! What a difference a day makes!! We head north up Whale channel relaxing on the bow drinking bloody-maries ins...
The last Blow

Lowell, May 26, 2015

Friday May 22nd Hoping this is the last heavy air report we file this season.
Don Juan Instead

Lowell, May 22, 2015

Thursday May 21st (Still Red Nose Day) Bees started invading the boat so we decided to head to Bay of LA with winds still blowing in the 17kt range, good for sailing.
LA Bay Time

Lowell, May 22, 2015

Tuesday May 19th It’s going to be hard to get the crew to leave Gonzaga. Alfonsina’s food and staff have been very very good to us.
Gonzaga Area Fun

Lowell, May 19, 2015

May 18 Monday Wind forecasts for Sunday night changed our plans for anchoring in Puertecitos.
San Felipe

Lowell, May 16, 2015

May 16 as the cruise starts Easy crossing start with light winds from the north. Frankie and I try out the new selfie stick and below we enjoy our first parfait of the cruise.
We’re on our way. Weather window opened perfectly.

Lowell, May 16, 2015

May 16th Very windy yesterday. Forecasts reassured us that things would calm down for our morning departure.
The Northern Sea

Lowell, May 14, 2015

How many times has our cruises started with weather drama. You all are aware of the crazy weather that has been happening lately.
Gato Loco finally Ready to go sailing

Lowell, April 21, 2015

It’s been a challenging spring that has prevented us from making long range sailing plans.
Let the Gato Loco RePower begin..

Lowell, March 11, 2015

Gato Loco friends have been wondering about the 2015 sailing season. Normally plans would have been finalized by this time.
Bay of LA and on to Puerto Penasco

Lowell, May 31, 2014

Thursday afternoon May 29th Bay of LA is hot as expected. We off load 4 empty gas cans and 1 propane tank on a quest for energy.
Passage to San Francisquito & Bahia de Los Angeles

Lowell, May 29, 2014

Wednesday May 28th Large sardine fishing boat anchored just outside Santa Rosalia as we depart near sunrise.
Another good mechanic in Santa Rosalia has us underway again

Lowell, May 27, 2014

Gypsum tanker near Isla San Marcos Engine report…  We found another good Yamaha mechanic in Santa Rosalia.
South winds return as we sail north to San Sebastian

Lowell, May 26, 2014

It finally feels like we’re cruising again as we get a rhythm making progress each day to Penasco after delays. Sunday May 25th .. Above..
Officially heading for Puerto Penasco

Lowell, May 25, 2014

Saturday afternoon May 24th Thanks to a huge effort by David Cunningham working on our wounded motor we were able to pull the dock lines and head north at 4 PM Saturday.
Hanging in Puerto Escondido while engine is repaired

Lowell, May 24, 2014

Thursday May 22 I’m loving the new option for commuting to Loreto through Tijuana. Today’s fights went like clock work. The weather in San Diego was very cool.
Gato Loco’s journey home starts this Thursday

Lowell, May 22, 2014

Gato loco sets in Puerto Escondido near Loreto after the Leg 4 crew left her on a mooring and arranged to have a mechanic work on our port engine that has developed a problem.

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  • Lovin these northerly breezes

    Thursday April 28th
    Punta Palpito >>>
    Awesome, the northeast winds we’ve had the past 2 days return on  our way
    south from Mulege. Our first thoughts was to head for San Sebastian but by 10 AM we have  engines off and sailing downwind at 7kts. Time to set our sites on an anchorage further south. San Juanico […]

    By Lowell | April 30, 2016

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  • Blame it on Mulege

    Wednesday April 27th

    The photo left sets the stage for our day in Mulege. Perfect night in Chivato last night and we made the 7 mile leg into Mulege arriving mid morning with plenty on time to “Blame if on Mulege”. Hurricane Odile has been through Mulege since our last visit. The channel entrance is […]

    By Lowell | April 30, 2016

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  • Chilled in Mulege

    Thursday April 28th
    Just a quick update to let everybody know we’ve got the frig running consistently. We seem to have the Danfoss compressor control board in a happy position after pulling it out for a detail inspection. Hopefully it holds for the remainder of this leg and we will bring a new one when we […]

    By Lowell | April 28, 2016

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