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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.
2014 Rally Days in the books & Leg 3 Wraps

Lowell, May 12, 2014

I’m writing this update Monday back in Phoenix after the Leg 3 crew has made their way home safely. This update covers our final days on board.
Rally Days Update #3

Lowell, May 10, 2014

Wednesday May 7th Salinas Bay Isla Carmen Rough night last night with rollers hitting us broad side with west winds gusting all night though the anchorage.
Rally Days Update #2

Lowell, May 8, 2014

Tuesday May 6th Windy night last night with cool breeze out of the south off Isla Monserrate.
Rally Days, Gato Loco Crew arrives, Off to Isla Monserrate

Lowell, May 7, 2014

Sunday May 4th Sunrise with calm Puerto Escondido water. Lazy day waiting for the Leg 3 crew.
Made it to Puerto Escondido

Lowell, May 4, 2014

Friday May 2nd             Isla Coronados The turquoise waters of isla Coronados are glowing especially bright today with water clarity...
Windy Santispac to San Juaninco

Lowell, May 2, 2014

Thursday May 1st These 2 photos illustrate our big winds through the anchorage yesterday Wednesday afternoon. The sailboards were near out of control with the high 20kt puffs.
Hangin in Playa Santispac, Coyote Bay

Lowell, April 30, 2014

Wednesday April 30th Writing this update hunkered down in Conception Bay at Playa Santispac with strong north winds stopping our progress south.
3rd Sea of Cortez crossing, off to Santa Rosalia

Lowell, April 27, 2014

Sunday April 27th Today we cross to Santa Rosalia, our 3rd Sea of Cortez crossing heading south.
Anchored at the Soggy Peso, San Carlos fun

Lowell, April 26, 2014

Friday April 25th Samata Santa Easter week is still going strong as we arrive at the Soggy Peso.
Sea life Extravaganza off Kino Bay & on to San Carlos

Lowell, April 25, 2014

Thursday April 24th Dog Bay on Isla Tiburon. Another well protected bay and a restful night. Today we head down the Sanoran coast to an anchorage north of San Carlos.

You will find links to Gato Loco adventure stories since 2002 in the Blog Index or by year in Archive.

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  • Gato Loco Heading Southbound. Time to make some plans.

    Setting on our Cholla Bay patio watching the sunset only makes the urge  to go sailing south even stronger. It’s been a dry spell for sailing with many things going on in our lives. Plans for the 2016 sailing season are beginning to come together. Last year we re-powered Gato Loco and only mustered a […]

    By Lowell | January 29, 2016

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  • Final legs home to Penasco

    Tuesday May 26th
    We bid the fishermen goodbye and they head back to Puerto Lobos. We have to thank them for all the entertainment and fish, Especially Elvin who gave us his catch one day. Weather looks good for their crossing..
     

    Soon after we bid goodbye to our Swiss friends and the Puerto Refugio anchorage we called […]

    By Lowell | May 30, 2015

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  • Memorial Day in Refugio

    Memorial Day hi-light is sailing in the north bay checking on our fishing buddies and playing with the whales. A perfect Memorial.

    Monday May 25th (Memorial Day)
    At dinner last night we made two memorial day plans. Lynnie & Jeffrey are getting bread baking lessens from Jocelyn and Rolland on Croix-Du-Sud and we will take everybody sailing […]

    By Lowell | May 28, 2015

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