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Home Port Happiness

Lowell, June 22, 2018

  Wednesday June 20th   With 78 miles in front of us and our wives waiting in Penasco we’re up and underway at 5:30.
Puerto Penasco in our sights

Lowell, June 19, 2018

Tuesday June 18th   The Bay of LA wind Gods were good to us last night giving us a quiet night at anchor in front of Guillermo’s restaurant.
Best and worst to Bay of LA

Lowell, June 18, 2018

  Friday June 15th   Arriving last night 6ish the marina manager was waiting for us after our friend Javier, the manager at Puerto Escondido, called and made a reservatio...
Roller city sailing north to Santa Rosalia

Lowell, June 15, 2018

Thursday June 14th Hurricane Bud has been our main attention. Today we wait up 45 miles north of Loreto near Punta Pulpito a bit further from the path of now tropical storm Bud.
Journey north update, Running from the storm

Lowell, June 13, 2018

Wednesday June 13   Good news on all fronts today.The marina staff indicates that Bud should be a non-event that hopefully brings the area some much needed rain.
The journey back to Puerto Penasco begins with a hurricane.. Yikes!!

Lowell, June 12, 2018

Home port Puerto Penasco       Monday June 11th   Returning from Baja last week Frankie and I sent some time in Prescott, some time helping nephew Brad and t...
Team McCulley–Chilling on the Islands

Lowell, June 4, 2018

  Frankie and my week together in the Loreto islands Monday May 28th       We said goodbye to our Rally crew yesterday and made our way back to Puerto Escondi...
Baja Birthday Girl

Lowell, May 29, 2018

    Tuesday May 29th   I’m writing this blog setting in an anchorage south of Loreto with palapa homes lining the beach.
2018 Rally Update # 3–Pinnacle Heaven

Lowell, May 28, 2018

    Wednesday May 23rd   San Juanico greets the fleet with some mild sea chop from the east-south-east wind making it a bit rough.
2018 Rally Update #2 - Turquoise Delight.

Lowell, May 27, 2018

Fun gather of the fleet on Isla Coronados’s beautiful palapa beach area   Tuesday May 22nd The fleet thought Bahia Salinas on Isla Carmen was a beautiful anchorage but seei...
2018 Rally Update #1

Lowell, May 23, 2018

  Sunday May 20th   14 multihulls and one schooner gathered at Marina Puerto Escondido for the 2018 Rally around anchorages in the Loreto area.
Loreto and Rally time in Puerto Escondido

Lowell, May 21, 2018

  Friday May 18th Writing this on Monday as the Rally fleet 14 strong is heading north to Bahia Salinas.
Mulege and Southbound Again.

Lowell, May 18, 2018

  Wednesday May 16th We find winds out of the north building to 15 as we sail into the Bahia Conception channel heading north to Mulege.
Punta Chivato & Bahia Conception

Lowell, May 17, 2018

Monday May 14th Mid afternoon. Weather was favorable to make a quick stop by Los Arcos on isla San Marcos. Water temp is 70 and visibility was fare.
Baja Boys Tour 2018 - Dave, Rick and Lowell head south

Lowell, May 15, 2018

  5 AM departure from Marine Real for Santa Rosalia     Sunday May 13th   Off to Baja but first I need to pass along a great dinner recommendation near Marin...
Two Days on our nose. Hard sailing to San Carlos..No joy 🙁

Lowell, May 13, 2018

    Thursday May 10th Excellent weather for relaxing and sleeping with a blanket overnight.
Two Days on our nose. Hard sailing to San Carlos..No joy 🙁

Lowell, May 13, 2018

    Thursday May 10th Excellent weather for relaxing and sleeping with a blanket overnight.
Grab your flip flops and abandon ship

Lowell, May 12, 2018

Send this Friday May 11th   (working without a keyboard only touch screen as my keyboard has failed ugg)   Wednesday May 9th 6 AM This blogs Interesting title stem...
Surfs up in Kino Bay – part 2

Lowell, May 9, 2018

So here’s full Kino story… Surfs up again in Kino Bay was the perfect tag line as getting to shore was the big challenge.
Surfs up again in Kino Bay

Lowell, May 9, 2018

  Wednesday May 9th   Just a quick update from Kino Bay. Full story in next Update. Good winds from Isla Tiburon to Kino.
Fishing again to Refugio and on to Isla Tiburon

Lowell, May 8, 2018

      Sunday May 6th Nothing like working fishing equipment to get the boat back in harmony. We’ll start with the fishing report and the report is good.
Monster Shrimp Cruise to Lobos

Lowell, May 6, 2018

I love Mexican fisherman stories. Today a few miles off the village of Desemboque, a ponga approached with 4 pongarios (fisherman).
Our Journey Begins, Heading to San Carlos

Lowell, May 5, 2018

Friday May 4th night late, All provision done and settling in after a busy afternoon. We arrived in Penasco around 4:30 this afternoon and got busy unloading provisions.
The Crazy Catamaran is heading out sailing soon!!

Lowell, April 2, 2018

Wanderlust: n. a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.. Gato Loco’s 16th season sailing the Sea of Cortez will start May 4th.
Cabrales Boatyard gets Gato Loco back in the water

Lowell, January 16, 2018

January 14 January Jam music weekend is in full force with lots of our friends in town. We hope to get out sailing while our friends are here.
Gato Loco on the hard for some Maintenance work

Lowell, January 9, 2018

Check out our fun day hauling Gato Loco to the Astilleros Cabrales boat yard in Puerto Penasco. Getting things in order for sailing this spring.
New Year's Day Sailing 2018

Lowell, January 3, 2018

The best way to start the year out. Beginning to think of the 2018 sailing season.
Baja Love - A summer reminder of our love of the Sea

Lowell, September 16, 2017

Gato Loco's "Love Baja" video filmed near Isla Coranados and Loreto Baja this past spring by Ryan Fritzsche. Thank you Ryan for the awesome footage of our Seawind 1000 catamaran.
Gato Loco 2017 Cruise– Wrap-up videos and links to all the 2017 Updates

Lowell, June 27, 2017

Hola Amigo’s and Amiga's from the cabin in Prescott. I started the 2017 cruise blog here at the cabin in the snow last January.
Home Safe and Sound in Cholla Bay

Lowell, June 15, 2017

Thursday June 15th The crew is relaxing in Cholla today after a easy crossing from Puertocitos yesterday. Seas were flat and a broad reach north wind. We made 83 miles in 13.


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  • Home Port Happiness

      Wednesday June 20th   With 78 miles in front of us and our wives waiting in Penasco we’re up and underway at 5:30. Puerto Lobos afforded another smooth cool overnight anchorage. Our last dinner on board was a comfort meal with smoked ham chops and mash potato’s with some of Jeffrey’s special ingredients (bacon). […]

    By Lowell | June 22, 2018

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  • Puerto Penasco in our sights

    Tuesday June 18th   The Bay of LA wind Gods were good to us last night giving us a quiet night at anchor in front of Guillermo’s restaurant. Quiet nights are precious as we’ve had some long nights with big winds. We’re up early with the charter fishing fleet that are active at sunrise. Jeffrey […]

    By Lowell | June 19, 2018

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  • Best and worst to Bay of LA

      Friday June 15th   Arriving last night 6ish the marina manager was waiting for us after our friend Javier, the manager at Puerto Escondido, called and made a reservation. We were concerned with the weather might there might not be any space. The marina was full in the morning and 3 boats left heading […]

    By Lowell | June 18, 2018

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