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Loreto & Punta Colorado on Isla Carmen (Leg3 day 1 – 2)

April 28th, 2009

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IMG 7929 Tuesday April 28th.

Flash back to Sunday.. We joined MoonDrifter crew to go to the farmers market in Loreto. The haul was so large it took two dinging trips to get crews and supplies back on board. In the picture right Gato Locos stores overflow with fresh fruit. No scurrvy on this leg :)

We need fuel and water and head for Puerto Escondido 10 miles south. Winds out of the NE at 12 making a perfect sail south. The plan is to meet MoonDrifter at an anchorage overnight so we sailed towards the SW end of Isla Carmen to check out the Bahia Marquer anchorage. Four boats are resting comfortably on turquoise sand. Looks like a good spot for this wind.

Entering Puerto Escondido, we see big changes this year for Loreto Fest. The Marina Singlar facility has lot of improvements. There’s now a store and restaurant near the marina office. The Festival will be held at the marina facility this year for the first time. There’s a buzz in the air about the new venue.

IMG 7272We’re in for fuel and water and off for Isla Carmen. MoonDrifter has decided on Punta Colorado on the SE end of Carmen. Winds have lightenIMG 7939 so we are motor sailing with one engine.

Crap..Crap..Crap 15 minutes out first engine dies.. While we try to determine the problem we start the 2nd engine.. 15 more minutes the 2nd engine dies :( A radio back to Puerto Escondido to a local boat and we find there are no reports of gas problems at Singlar.. Finally under full choke engines will start.

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Decision is to sail on to Punta Colorado and try to diagnose our problem. MoonDrifter is anchored with Far Fetched out of Oregon as we arrive in the brightly colored anchorage with fossilized shoreline and sand bottom. Cool, we’ve not been to this anchorage before.




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Engine problem pushed aside for the moment Frankie gets a beautiful bracelet from Australia from Kerry. By the way, Kerry is now on Baja time and doing great. .


Far Fetched showing her colors south of Punta Colorado. Bruce IMG 7945and his brother have been anchoring in the area for 20 years and have lots of local knowledge.


Near sunset a 3rd cat Endless Summer joins us in the anchorage. As the sunset we have a slight bit of wave action but fades quickly as we retire for a good nights sleep.


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Endless Summer is a Farrier designed Australian built custom 47 (right) who offered moral support on getting our engines operational again.

Fresh nights rest and time to face our engine issues again.. Another call to the marina and no reported problems.. Service manual doesn’t match engines so not much help, fuel filters clear, spark plugs ok. Bad gas?? We connected a engine directly to a gas can of known good gas and voila the engine purrrrs like a baby. Yeah.. Bruce comes over from Far Reach for consultation and we determine that our fuel tanks are filled with diesel :( Crap..Crap.Crap

Okay, It’s time for a recovery plan… MoonDrifter has a diesel pump and hoses so the plan is to return to Puerto Escondido running engines off gas cans and pump fuel tanks.

IMG 7947Singlar provided a barrel to offload the diesel/gas mix and 2 hours later IMG 7952tanks are flushed and gasoline loaded. Problem solved and engines seem to run better than ever. Our noisy port engine is now running quietly. ??



Seawind friends John & Patsy on SeaEsta are in the anchorage and invite us to join them at the marina resturant for dinner along with their friends Bill & Sue on a 42′ cat. Late night so we will stay on the dock overnight to be ready for Seawind rally that starts tomorrow.

Back to Tuesday (today). Contact from Kurt on CubaListo heading north from Cabo. They will be in Puerto Escondido mid-day after stopping in Punta Gatos for some rest last night. We’re off to Loreto for final supplies and all 4 Seawinds will join MoonDrifter in Bahia Salinas for the night on Isla Carmen.

Until the next Update… The GatoLoco Crew


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Gato Loco’s Neely Update #2 (Life on board)

April 27th, 2009

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Neely Cruising Baja

IMG 7860IMG 7245Well I got the crossing behind me and a full week on board. I do have to say I am getting very comfortable on Gato Loco. My days begin with a early morning feeding than a ride on the dingy (my favorite) to shore. While on shore my parents take me for a walk, throw a stick or sometimes just a swim. Afterwards we head back to the boat on the dingy and hopefully my friends are up. Then they all decide what we are doing for the day. Of course, in the mean time, I lounge, lounge and more lounging with some sleeping in IMG 7916between. That’s what us doggies do and some do better than others. I guess I do like to sleep and relax a lot only if I am not looking for sea life, swimming or riding in the dingy.

We were in Loreto on Saturday to IMG 7933do a crew change and my friends Victor and Leslie left and my friend Kerry flew in from Australia. After we picked her up we headed to the grocery store. I had to stay out front of the store with Kerry first and then my dad. They had so much groceries we had to get a taxi and I got to go for the ride too!!! Do you think I could do this in the states? A dog in a taxi??

We headed back to the boat to put the groceries away IMG 7918then went in town to shop and have dinner. Can you believe it they let me in the restaurant and I sleep while they eat and drink. Again I ask ,could I do this in the states???

So far I am loving my time I am spending on Gato Loco with my mom, dad, uncle Bill, Victor, Leslie and Kerry!!!!!!!

Sailing is barkaliously fun!!!!!!

Until the next doggone update

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Sailor Neely

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San Jaunico, Isla Coronados & Loreto (Leg 2 (6 &7)

April 26th, 2009

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Leaving San Jaunico always requires leaving a token offering on the cruisers tree. Neely found a cool piece of drift wood that became Baja09 Leg 2’s offering. Last years stone was still hanging so we were able to do a little maintenance and hang the new addition. Since Gato Loco will probably be here a couple more times this season there will be lots of artistic versions added I’m sure. Note the feather hooks compliments of Vicr’s fly fishing tackle box.

Perfect sleeping weather last night with cool breeze coming off shore. Winds are forecasted to light today out of the SE. We are very low on ice, so the plan is to make a quick stop on the Loreto water front and pickup some supplies and ride the afternoon breeze over to Ballandra 5 miles east on Isla Carmen. Mission accomplished and after sailing half way across the channel we make contact with MoonDrifter our friends Ralph & Helen sailing their new 1160 Seawind catamaran. They inform us that Ballandra has lots of honey bees so we decide to join them on Isla Coronados 6 miles north of town.

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100’s of little ducks in our anchorage

The north anchorage of Coronados is all white sand beach.IMG 7903 This is the first island of the national park islands off Loreto. 6 other boats are anchored with us. Beautiful turcoise water is inviting us to swim. Overcast skies has cooled things down a bit.

IMG 7896We talked a lot about the 1160 to Vic & Leslie, now they get to see her first hand as we enjoy sunset happy hour on MoonDrifter..


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Saturday April 26th, Today is crew change day and Vic & Leslie’s last day on the boat. They’ve had an awesome time and can’t believe a week has gone by so quickly. After taking a hike on the island volcanic trail we’re off to Loreto to meet Kerry who arrived from Sydney yesterday and drop Vic & Leslie.IMG 0335


Weather is still pretty calm so we will be able to anchor off the malecon and spend the night for an arrival/farewell dinner. But first provision and some sightseeing.

Kerry is staying at the www.ladamianainn.com. a local bed & breakfast inn and has a good night sleep to try to adjust to local time. We picked her up and off to the local market.


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Beautiful new fruit market near the Mission where the children fall in love with Neely and want to pet her constantly.


Vic & Leslie score a free room & breakfast at the newly remodeled hotel near the marina. They will have to listen to a sales pitch tomorrow but think it worth it to have a beautiful room right on the malecon.

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La Palapa is one of our usual dinner spots. It burned last Sept and has been rebuilt in fresh shape. A fridge caught on fire and caused the fire. Arriving, right away we notice the cool shirts the waiters are wearing. After ordering dinner and a little discussion a waiter loads most of the crew in his van and takes them to buy shirts. After dinner of course we all have to have a picture with the staff. Fun evening and a great arrival party for Kerry.

Sunday morning.. Off the farmers market for more supplies and then we’re off to Puerto Escondido for fuel & water.

Vic & Leslie fly today. Goodbye Amigos, thanks for the great week.

Seawind Rally… Talked to Kurt in San Diego and he flies at noon today to Cabo to pickup another 1160 Seawind and sail for 2 days to join us on the islands and Loreto Fest. We will have at least 4 Seawind catamarans in the Seawind group this year. John & Patsy on Seaesta are in the area and will be the forth boat. Fun days are coming..

Until the next Update… The GatoLoco Crew


Baja crusin ground


Leg 1 April 11-19, Crew: Bill, Bruce & Cynthia Tegge, Clyde Betts sail from Puerto Penasco to San Carlos
Leg 2 April 19-26, Crew: Lowell, Frankie, Neely, Bill, Victor & Leslie Rangel. San Carlos to Loreto. Santa Rosilia, Mulege and visit new friends (overnight anchorage) in Bahia San Marcos
Leg 3 April 26-3, Crew:Bill, Lowell, Frankie, Neely, Kerry Fahey (AU). Seawind Rally to Loreto Fest. Sail from Loreto heading south to meet Seawinds coming from Cabo, maybe meet 2 days south. Kurt will be sailing north from Cabo with California Seawind owners.
Leg 4 May 3-10, Crew:Bill, Frankie ,Lowell, Neely, Bob & Chris Sanders, Kerry Fahey (AU). Sail the Loreto area …. Steve and Cindy will also be in the Loreto area this week.
Leg 5 May 10-17, Crew:Bill, Lisa Wendt, Sally Dalton, Marilyn Haney. Frankie, Neely and I head back to San Carlos flying or by Ferry.
Leg 6 – May 17-24, Crew: Rick Quant & Crew sailing in the Loreto area.
Leg 7 – May 24-31, Crew: Bill, Mike Clark, Liane Guathier, Mike & Gill Panasewicz sail back to San Carlos
Leg 8 – May 31-?, Crew: Bill & his family sail San Carlos back to Puerto Penasco

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Mulege to San Jaunico (leg2 days 4-5)

April 24th, 2009

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Pod of 200+ dolphins feeding on our way to Isla San Ildefonso. With us for over an hour.

IMG 7634Fishing report :) Yes, we’re finally eating fresh fish. Leaving Mulege the fish are biting.

With a little help from the local fishermen sharing their fishing secrets, we are able to land a couple of nice ones! Fresh blackened fish is… Oh So Good!!

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Last years crew Carl will be diving Isla San Ildefonso next week so we visited it for the first time. It’s extremely volcanic with lots of bird life.

With thousands of birds flying around us, fish hitting left and right, it felt like we were on the set of Jurassic Park. We were also lucky enough to see flying Manta ray and Dolphins along the way. There is no shortage of aquatic wildlife on this spectacular island!!

Next anchorage Bahia San Sabastian, a 4 mile spinnaker sail from Ildefonso. Victor blowing extra air into the spinnaker to get us to the next fishing spot in San Sabastian.

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With Victors brothers fly rod in hand, he was able to land a couple of small Barracuda. The fish in this area will hit anything shiny & fast


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We have the little anchorage all to ourselves. This is one of our favorite anchorages with very friendly people and wireless internet. BUT no wireless today?? Later we went to shore and found that their wireless had smoked the day before and someone wasIMG 7226 running to Loreto for parts. In the mean time they said bring our laptop to the patio and plug into a internet cable. Got to like this anchorage and especially Joe and his wife who host the internet. Joe has a vineyard in Santa Cruz and produces a great wine “Rat’s Choice” and spends 2-3 months here a year.

Lots of fishing and swimming since the weather is actually hot until the sun goes down. Calm night on the hook

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Day 5 Thursday, no wind as we motor to Punta Pulpito. Joe said there are lots of lobsters on the north walls and with the calm waters we hope to find some. Winds still calm mid-day as we arrive and we search the walls but no luck on lobster..as no one could hold their breath long enough to hunt them down.

IMG 7781Pulpito cave on the east face. Notice the little white spot near the base, that’s Bill, Frankie & Neely heading into the cave.

Neely liked it so much she joined Lowell, Victor and Leslie when they had to go and see the marvel!!



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No lobster, no problem the spear will still provide lunch. Our fearless hunter brought home the bacon.

Snorkling was fun, we saw a few little sting rays and lots of fish.


Leslie & Victor pose inside the cave. “Hi Elyse and Mia”, mom and dad miss you…xoxo:)

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Vic gearing up for the big hunt!


Next stop San Jaunico at Tres Pilars and some snorkeling near the Pinnacle Rock at the south side of the bay. Visibility not as good but we saw some large beautiful schools of Big Black Angel Fish.

IMG 7231The crew took a nice evening hike and Neely was the ultimate mountain goat, (who would have known that she had leg surgery 4 months ago!) The weather was once again, absolutely BEAUTIFUL!


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Frankie and Neely taking a little break from the stick throwing. Boy, Neely just loves going for her shore runs.


San Jaunico anchorage from the resort on the northern hilltop. Gato Loco anchored in front of the island in the center of the bay. Four other sailboats anchored with us for the night. Also noted four on the south shore as we entered the bay. Joe in San Sabastian reported matting whales in the anchorage the past few days but none spotted.

The anchorage has great fishing and the evening tournament was Vic 8, Leslie 1 & Bill 0.IMG 7835

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As the sunset winds are out of the east at 6 and by lights out it has shifted from the west off Baja providing a cool night.

No cards tonight, a plant earth DVD instead. Leslie got her revenge last night :)


Blog embellished by Vic & Leslie

Until the next Update… The GatoLoco Crew

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