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Gato Loco Sailing 2011, Plans underway

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Riding the Waves to Loreto

Preparing the schedule for our 2011 sailing season I ran into a verse about our first leg sailing with crew Frankie, Neely, John and verse author Craig heading south to Loreto. At that time we thought it would be nice to polish it a little and bring it alive with musical accompaniment. Recently I reminded Craig about the verse which inspired him to do just that. The music you hear as you open this update is Craig’s song. It will become the theme for this years cruise I’m sure. Steve on Barramundi is a Seawind musician so I can see us setting around the campfire on the Seawind Rally singing this song. The words are at the end of this update. Right, Craig on Gato Loco last season.

Our plans are firming up for our 2 month sailing season. Loreto Fest is April 29 – May  1 giving us an anchor for our planning. Legs will reach from Puerto Penasco our home port in the northern sea to La Paz near the Cap.

Here Gato Loco’s sailing plansIMG_3164 [3]. There are still a few openings so if you’re interested get back to us ASAP.

Leg 1 – April 21 (thur) – Apr 30 (sat) – Penasco to Puerto Escondido – LoretoFest Apr 29, 30, May 1 ( Lowell, Steve, ?)

Leg 2 May 1 (sun) – May 7 (sat) – Seawind Rally [4], Loreto area ( Lowell, Bill, Carol, ?)

Leg 3 May 8 (sun) – May 14 (sat) – Loreto to Santa Rosalia (Bill, Carol, Doug, Connie, ?)

Leg 4 May 15 (sun) – May 21 (sat) – Santa Rosalia to Loreto (Bill, Dave, ?)

Leg 5 May 22 (sun) – May 28 (sat) – Loreto to La Paz (Rick, Dave, Ellen & Shelly )

Leg 6 May 29 (sun) – June 4 (sat) – La Paz to Loreto (Lowell, Frankie, Murril & Al & the Rangel family)

Leg 7 June 5 (sun) – June 14th (tue)  – Loreto to Penasco  (Lowell, ?)

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Relaxing at anchor in San Juanico

Leg 1 itinerary options.. Probably 8 days to Puerto Escondido

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Charts from Baja Sea Guide (Leland Lewis)

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Bahia de Los Angeles cruising ground

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Passage from Bay of LA to Santa Rosalia

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Mulege & Bahia Conception

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Loreto area

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First major anchorage south of Puerto Escondido

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Anchorages in the Channel of San Jose

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Islands just north of La Paz

Riding the Waves to Loreto (By Craig Reay)

We’re riding the waves to Loreto
Wind blowing what’s left of our hair
We’re sailing with good companeros IMG_3130b [21]
I hope we’ll be seeing ya there.

We’ll soon be in Puerto Escondido
With sailors from far and from near,
We’ll swap tales and curse the mosquitos
We’ll laugh and we’ll drown in our beer.

Hope the wind will be fair in Loreto,
We’ll bask in the dawn’s early light,
Then just like sombrero’d bandidos,
We’ll be off like thieves in the night.

We’re riding the waves to Loreto
We’re brash and we’re “devil may care”
We may move a bit des-pac-ito.
(But) we do it with bravado and flair.

We’ll soon be in Puerto Escondido
Providing the weather is clear,
With ole salts and weathered amigos
We’ll toast to another good year.

Hope the wind will be fair in Loreto,
We’ll bask in the dawn’s early light,
Then we’ll leave you with fond despedidos
And set sail like a seagull in flight…

Just like those fabled bandidos…
We’ll be off like thieves in the night.

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Flight options on Aerocalafia

Leg2 Aerocalafia May 8th 10:05 AM Loreto to Hermosillo $1160 peso

Leg 6  Aerocalafia May 28th 7AM Hermosillo to La Paz  $1739 peso

Leg6 Aerocalafia June 5th 10:05 AM Loreto to Hermosillo $1160 peso

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