Thursday, 10 May 2012

gettin' outta town

We have enjoyed La Paz and its environs long enough. While we have met great new friends and the town has neat spots to explore, we are hungry for new horizons. We are among a small contingent of 30 to 40 boats who choose to spend the summer in the Sea of Cortez. Of course, a summer in the Sea comes with its own particular set of challenges and pleasures, so we're told. We didn't want to miss this cruising gem, even in the intense heat of summer. 

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why ships were built"

On the way to the laundromat
The scary H-word comes up a lot. Hurricanes. Yes, a summer in the Sea means means paying close attention to heavy weather warnings, but isn't that the case always? If there is a threat of a hurricane, your boat and crew need to be where you are best protected. There are what are called "hurricane holes": They are well protected anchorages used by sailors for refuge during heavy weather. The Sea of Cortez has a number of well-known hurricane holes. We have chosen Bahia Los Angeles as our base. Should heavy weather arise, you need a plan - what ground tackle will you use and how will you use it, taking down sails, taking dodgers apart, clearing the deck, etc. So yes, there is a danger, much less so in the north of the sea, but one should ALWAYS be prepared. One of the reasons Bahia LA is good, is that if a hurricane actually makes it that far, it has to go over land quite a distance to reach the bay - and the wind loses it's oomph as a result.

There are some small towns where we will be able to provision, but we have to plan for goods that are hard to acquire up north. It's difficult to figure out what we should stock up on, having not done this particular voyage before. 

I worry a little about the heat. Rick loves heat, I do too,  when there's water nearby. Swimming will become a necessity. We have met boaters who spent the summer in the Sea. They told us they spent an average of 4 hours a day in the water to cool off. That, and fans are a must. We have 3 fans. Will that be enough? Probably not.

Too bad these two aren't going up
into the Sea with us! At least this time,
it's a "See you later!"
Are we crazy? We'll let you know. Some people have enjoyed many summers in the Sea, others spend one summer there, and swear they'll never do it again. We'll see how we feel once we have survived our first summer. 

While we get ready to head out, we split our time between ticking jobs off our list and hanging out with the cool folks of SV Born Free. Now that we have our FM3s (Temporary resident of Mexico cards), it's just a question of getting our act together. We can't wait for the adventure to continue. But first, we have to say a few goodbyes. That's our life now. Hello and goodbye. But sometimes, it's "See you later", that's my favourite.

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” John Steinbeck

1 comment:

  1. I hope you find the summer enjoyable! Being from Louisiana, dealing with unbelievably hot and humid summers is a must. A way of life.

    They say you get used to it, I imagine some people do.

    I am hoping this hurricane season isn't too bad as our boat is a sitting duck in the marina.
    Goodluck to you!



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