Daily Archives: June 7, 2015

Headed North?

Leaving La Paz

Leaving La Paz

Finally we pulled the plug on Lap Paz ( before the tug to stay got too strong ) and headed off towards Cabo where we would leave Baja behind.  The weather window looked good for sailing and Adesso loaded with supplies we were ready for a month or so at sea.   It would take three days of  travel to get to San Jose del Cabo where we would check out of Mexico and take on our last fuel.  I was some where in this zone we found out that Sue would need to be near good internet in about 2 weeks to secure her job when we returned, Yikes.  We could do this – it just meant that we might have to come to the coast sooner if we didn’t make it all the way to Canada.   As we all know dates or schedules don’t mix well with sailing but we were game to make it work.   We left San Jose to head out past Cabo and a blistering SW blew up so we hid  and anchored off Cabo for the night.  It was here we discovered that our wind window was disappearing fast, but we were still game and hoped to get at least 60 miles offshore before things died near land.  The next day things were pretty much a lake so I decided to motor out, where did the wind go!!  The next surprise was the game changer – our freezer stopped working, AKKKK.  All our food was going to thaw fast and unless the crew was going to live of rice and beans we had turn back.   The current weather showed a massive no-weather window for running up the coast to San Diego and a quick crew vote made that our choice.  Yanmar purring, we were now committed to the Baha Bash (as this run is often called).

La Paz

La Paz waterfront

La Paz waterfront

We were looking forward to visiting La Paz because so many cruisers stop here and never leave, or if they do its only for a short cruise and then return.  This was also our final stop for supplies and repair before we headed offshore taking the clipper route home.

Yacht built for Steve Jobs

Yacht built for Steve Jobs

On the way into the La Paz channel we could not help but notice the large boat (that does’t look like a boat) built for the late Steve Jobs of Apple.  This is a massive 200+ foot boat that challenges what a boat might look like and with all that glass I wonder what it would be like in heavy seas!!  La Paz itself is the capital of Baja Sur but has very little of the gaudy tourist vibe of Cabo.  It is a little more like a University , government town with a great waterfront malecon and protected harbour.  Its because of the many marinas and great anchoring field that so many boaters end up here.  Supplies were plentiful, yes, even the marine chandleries were well stocked, great restaurants, even brew pubs!!!  We could have spent more time getting to know the area but alas our main mission was to fill the freezer with food and do the odd repair on Adesso. We stayed at Palmira Marina and Resort where we met may Canadians some living (on their boats ), some preparing to ship their boats home, some putting boats away for the summer and would return in the fall and then those of us heading north with our boats.  The marina was VERY social with daily happy hours that went well past dark.