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.


Recent post to the blog

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.
Recently we experienced a Sea Life overdose on Gato Loco

Lowell, March 7, 2014

Watch an amazing afternoon in Puerto Penasco Crew having a great day Whale watching on Gato Loco
Let’s get Baja 2014 Cruise started

Lowell, January 21, 2014

Whales back in Penasco Soon it will be time to head out on the 2014 Baja adventure.
The Enchanted Islands & on home to Penasco

Lowell McCulley, June 18, 2013

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

Lowell, June 16, 2013

We made it in back to Marina Penasco early Sunday morning (1:30 am) safe and sound.. Details as soon as we get a little rest. Yes, without getting Wrecked.
Two Days of Awesome Sailing

Lowell McCulley, June 14, 2013

 Wednesday June 12th Where do I start.
Isla Salspudedes or Bust

Lowell McCulley, June 12, 2013

First a little catchup. Last update was sent in a hurry before we lost cell service and I think it would be worth a few more details on out flight and Santa Rosalia.
4 Amigos Head to Penasco

Lowell, June 9, 2013

A fun weekend in Cholla with the best Peacemaker concert in years… What a great way to start Leg 7 to bring Gato Loco home to Puerto Penasco.
Gato Loco’s Baja Cruise Resumes

Lowell, June 4, 2013

Sorry it’s been a while since you’ve heard from us.
Blog Two – Leg 4

Lowell McCulley, May 25, 2013

  Tres & Mike’s turn at blog.
…and the “Booze Cruise” begins…

Lowell McCulley, May 23, 2013

         Our Leg began with celebrating Tres’s birthday on our way to San Carlos.  Spent the evening at the Soggy Pesa and Charlie Rocks.
Gato Loco’s Dolphin Escort to Mulege

Lowell, May 18, 2013

  Bill & Carol have a crew change today in Loreto as Jane & Randy and Peggy & Jerry depart Gato Loco’s leg 3.
Fun in the Sun

Lowell McCulley, May 18, 2013

                  Good Morning from Puerto Escondido!  We say goodbye to Jerry and Peggy today.
THE SAILORS AND THEIR DANCING GIRLS

Lowell McCulley, May 14, 2013

Welcome to the 3rd leg of the GATO LOCO.  We said goodbye to Frankie and Lowell at Sophia’s Restaurant.
THE SAILORS AND THEIR DANCING GIRLS

Lowell McCulley, May 14, 2013

Welcome to the 3rd leg of the GATO LOCO.  We said goodbye to Frankie and Lowell at Sophia’s Restaurant.
The last days of Leg 2 – Dave & Ellen depart

Lowell, May 13, 2013

Thursday, May 9th - San Marte After a nice Rally breakfast we hauled anchor and motored out the the reefs in front of the San Marte anchorage for some snorkeling.
Winds at Our Back to San Marte :) Rally update #3

Lowell McCulley, May 11, 2013

Wednesday, May 8th Bahia Salinas Yep, It snowed in Baja. The crazy cats visited the salt mine yet again.
Seawind Rally, Carmen North Shores

Lowell McCulley, May 9, 2013

Monday, May 6th, Happy Hour in Puerta Ballandra There’s  now 7 boats with us on the Rally, MoonDrifter, Gato Loco, Peir a Mer, Bon Temps, Dream Catcher, Out of Here &am...
Seawind Baja Rally #5 Begins

Lowell McCulley, May 7, 2013

Sunday, May 5th Full rally crew is on Gato Loco after picking up Frankie, Bill & Carol flying in from San Carlos. Dave and Ellen arrived last night.
Loreto Fest & Final days for Leg 1

Lowell McCulley, May 6, 2013

Thursday, May 2nd Windy day blows us to Puerto Escondido sail only, A perfect way to finish our 11 day sail from Penasco. Another leg completed successfully.
Loreto & the Islands

Lowell McCulley, May 4, 2013

Sorry about the delay on sending updates. Things got a bit busy once we arrived at Puerto Escondido & Loreto Fest. More on that in the next Update.
Mulege & San Sebastian

Lowell McCulley, May 1, 2013

Sunday, April 28th It was over 100 in Phoenix today and Mulege is 92 when we arrive which feels pretty warm.
Spinnaker ride into Conception Bay

Lowell McCulley, April 28, 2013

                      Friday, April 26th – Isla San Marcos Los Arcos sea caves as we set anchor for s...
Santa Rosalia with the wind at our backs :)

Lowell McCulley, April 26, 2013

Thursday April 25th, Chilly calm night in San Francisquto. We woke with our bows pointing north after 3 days of south winds which is a good thing.
South Winds heading for San Francisquito

Lowell McCulley, April 25, 2013

Wednesday April 24 Yesterday…Arriving on Guillermo’s ramp we found the restaurant closed but some of the staff were working the store.
Puerto Lobos to Bay of LA

Lowell McCulley, April 23, 2013

  Windy Day Lobos to Refugio Monday April 22.. One of the better daytime crossings in recent memory.
Penasco to Puerto Lobos

Lowell McCulley, April 23, 2013

A quick catch up on our Cholla departure.

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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