Jellyfish Medusas

It appears that there are no blue bubbles around San Carlos, yet, this year. Of course, before going in the water check the beach to see if there are any blue bubbles "agua male". If you find any, it is a good idea to skip swimming that day!!! If stung by these jelly fish, douse the area with vinegar...

A Different Kind of Racing

On a recent trip to PDX (Portland) I was invited to experience sailboat racing as it is done on the Columbia River. Oh what a difference!! Since it is the season of snow melt and this has been a banner year for that sort of thing there was about a 3 to 5 knot current blasting its way toward the ocean...

Gastronomic San Carlos

On a recent trip to San Carlos, Rex and I had the usual discussions every day about where we were going to eat for each meal. This ritual involves surprises and wishful thinking but primarily it is about the mood of the day. Some places I am about to bring up are places I won’t go back to (as you will see) but I keep them in the lexicon because it's part of the art form to, "Never say never". At the top of the list...

The Adventures of Sarken

We arrived at San Carlos Marina on Wednesday afternoon after trailering "Sarken", my Catalina 25 from Tucson. Larry started the preliminary boat preparation, and believing that we needed to check in with the Marina, I headed to the office. A polite young Mexican male was filling out my particulars...

Three Weeks before the Mast

The bark Europa With tears welling in my eyes, I strolled down the dock toward my ship, with my sea bag over my shoulder, just as sailors have done for hundreds of years. Of course, mine were tears of excitement and anticipation, whereas most of theirs were of fear and regret. I was joining the Europa, a 185-foot square-rigged bark as a passenger trainee for a sailing delivery from the Canary Islands to Brazil...

Phenomenon

Here’s a bit of curious behavior that I have both observed and fallen into at times, but do not exactly understand. We use a GPS to navigate more easily than the old days of sun sights and sextants. Thishas led to a strange sense, for some, that there is more certainty in the world than is truly warranted...

A Safety List, of Sorts

Ask anyone who has lived on a boat and put a few miles under the keel a question like, "What sort of safety precautions do you take?" and you will start a long conversation. The problem is that almost everything on the boat, even those things that bring comfort, are contributing to the safety issues...

Projects – A Study in Safety

In the last two years I bought another sailboat. The purchase was not about finding a boat in perfect condition where everything worked already. What I wanted was a project. This project needed some elements of difficulty that I had not yet tackled in the upkeep of a boat, but it could not be a ground-up build...

A Case Study

Twelve foot seas and 25 knot plus winds... are we there yet? Are we having fun yet? There was a boat left on the Baja side of the Sea of Cortez in a small three boat cove during the November cruise and it needed to be retrieved. The first attempted crossing back to San Carlos had resulted in the sail tearing and becoming useless, while the motor ceased functioning...

Fatigue and Short Cruises

When I went with the last club cruise from San Carlos to Mulege and Bahia Concepcion there was no doubt we were going to have fun. In crewing for Rex in Shellback then racing on our return I had time to contemplate our schedule and it reminded me of several lessons involving safety...