Updates from GatoLocoSailing

Welcome to the home page for the sailboat Gato Loco. Gato Loco is a Seawind 1000 33 foot catamaran sailboat owned by a group of friends with our recreational homes and Gato Loco’s homeport in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) Mexico. The partners are Lowell & Frankie McCulley, Dave & Ellen Redden, Rick Quant and Bill Hensler. We had been adventuring south in the Sea of Cortez for years in smaller boats and in 2002 we decided to raise our sights on destinations further south. With Gato Loco, we have conquered Baja by exploring the entire Baja coast Pacific to Puerto Penasco in the Sea of Cortez. The Pacific coast of mainland Mexico will also be in our sights as we hear of wonderful places to spend winters with other sailing cruisers.  We’ve got the boat and now we “must go” and follow our life long motto: Big Fun!

The name Gato Loco means "crazy cat" in Spanish and fits well with the personality of the partners. The name has been an excellent choice and always brings a smile to the local Mexicans when they hear it.

Gato Loco’s adventure started in Long Beach where she arrived from Sydney Australia. Partners had a great time outfitting her for the first big cruise while she sat in Ensenada Mexico May through October 2002. At the end of October 2002 we sailed from San Diego to Cabo in a cruiser rally called the “Baja Haha”, placing in second place in the multi-hull division. That cruise officially started our Baja cruising adventures.


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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.
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.
Bay of LA, Isla Tiburon bound.

Lowell, April 24, 2014

          April 22nd Tuesday afternoon Bay of LA Setting the anchor in front of beach today gets lots of attention with 20kts gusts coming of...
Erie Calm to Puerto Refugio

Lowell, April 23, 2014

Monday April 21th Safe Sea of Cortez crossing is always a good thing..
Winds at our back to Puerto Lobos

Lowell, April 23, 2014

  Best day sailing to Puerto Lobos yet. Morning east winds gave us a good motor sail for the first 2 hours.
Winds at our back to Puerto Lobos

Lowell McCulley, April 22, 2014

  Best day sailing to Puerto Lobos yet. Morning east winds gave us a good motor sail for the first 2 hours.
Winds at our back to Puerto Lobos

Lowell McCulley, April 22, 2014

  Best day sailing to Puerto Lobos yet. Morning east winds gave us a good motor sail for the first 2 hours.
Winds at our back to Puerto Lobos

Lowell McCulley, April 22, 2014

  Best day sailing to Puerto Lobos yet. Morning east winds gave us a good motor sail for the first 2 hours.
Winds at our back to Puerto Lobos

Lowell McCulley, April 22, 2014

  Best day sailing to Puerto Lobos yet. Morning east winds gave us a good motor sail for the first 2 hours.
Craziness to serenity - Gato Loco departs on the Baja 2014 cruise

Lowell McCulley, April 20, 2014

5 Am departure after a noisy (and still noisy) Easter night in Penasco. Now just the hum of the engines as we motor sail at 6.5 kt with the morning east wind.
Gato Loco back on the water and ready for Baja (5 days & Counting)

Lowell, April 14, 2014

                    Gato Loco in the sling heading for the water. Below.. boatyard neighbor.
Baja Rally Update

Lowell, April 1, 2014

  April 1 (Last call for Rally shirt orders) Gato Loco’s crazy crew after a perfect day of sailing.
2014 Cruise Plans Unfold

Lowell, March 13, 2014

March 12 the count down starts               Life is very busy this year but our time on the Sea of Cortez is very special time not t...
Last leg of our 2013 Sailing Season

Lowell, March 9, 2014

I’m writing this update at our casa in Cholla Bay after getting a days rest.

You will find links to Gato Loco adventure stories in the links that follow.

* Baja11, Crusin to Baja for Seawind Rally & Loreto Fest April 21 – June 14

* Baja10, Crusin to Baja for Seawind Rally & Loreto Fest April 22 – June 11

* Baja09, Crusin to Baja for Seawind Rally & Loreto Fest April 11 – June 7

* 3rd Annual West Coast Seawind Rally – August 21th – 24th 2008

* Baja08, Crusin Baja by Land & by Sea – April 12th to June 21

* GatoLoco and Crew featured in the January 08 Sail magazine

* Greece07 Cruise with Al on her 40th July 18th – Sept ???

* Baja07 Cruise to Loreto Fest April 16th – May 18th

* Baja Boys Cruise to New York City on the new 1160 Seawind Catamaran- Sept 17 – 25 2006

* West Coast Seawind Rally – August 17th – 20th 2006

* Baja 06 Oncore – Sailing to San Felipe – May 24 May 26

* Cruising to Baja 06 "On Mexican Time" – April 29 – May 19

* Spring 06 Sailing begins – Puerto Penasco -San Carlos – Mar 19th – 26th 2006

Slide show from the Cruise

* Home for the Summer – San Carlos – Puerto Penasco June 14th – 23rd 2005

Slide show from the Cruise ( high speed connection only)

* Loreto Fest 05 – Chris turns 50 – San Carlos – Puerto Escondido, April 22nd – May 1 2005

* Ricardo & Yvette’s San Carlos Cruise, April 14th – 19th 2005

* Birthdays in San Carlos, April 4 – April 8th 2005

* Cruise to San Carlos – Puerto Penasco to San Carlos, February 26th – March 6th 2005

Slide show from the Cruise

* Loreto Fest Cruise to Puerto Escondido, April 29th – May 20th 2004

Slide show from the Cruise

* Bahia De Los Angeles Cruise April 4-11 2004. Bill, Carlton & Beth go to Baja.

* Gato Loco Whale watching in Puerto Penasco ( Jan 17th, 2004)

* Gato Loco arrives home, The Final Leg to Puerto Penasco ( Oct 10 -17th 2003)

* Mulege Cruise, La Paz – San Carlos (July 2 – 11, 2003)

* Frankie and Lowell’s 33rd anniversary cruise to Partida (April 4-11,2003)

* Read Ricardo’s account of his trip to La Paz Jan 24-28 2003. Ricardo Really Likes La Paz!!

* New Years sailing trip La Paz to Cabo and back 2002 – 2003

* The Baja Haha; Our first big adventure sailing from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas Oct 2002

* Gato Loco arrives; The delivery to Ensenada May 2002  

Links

Tide charts for Mexico.. Follow this link http://oceanografia.cicese.mx/predmar/calmen.php

Puerto Penasco WeatherBuoy 2 day

BajaInsider.com Features stories

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