US West coast & Mexico Sept'15 - May'16

 

800 miles Pacific from Vancouver Island to San Francisco. We got both calms and gale force winds. After 6 days we arrived in San Francisco at an unusual clear day Anchorage at Sausalito, where fog and strong wind gusts rolled off the hills in the afternoons
San Francisco disappears once in a while into the fog We moved to Aquatic Marine Park anchorage, down town San Francisco With a first class view at Alcatraz and one of the best sun sets ever!
Pier 39 is occupied by barking smelly creatures Sealebrities at pier 39 posing for the tourists A pod of hundred of hunting dolfins passing by at high speed on our way to Santa Barbara

Many oil platforms in Santa Barbara street, a a huge oil leak of 4 miles long!!

 

Just before sunset we dropped the hook at Santa Barbara anchorage. Pfff, different climate zone.... The old court house in Santa Barbara View over sta Barbara from the court house tower  
approaching Newport Beach at sunrise less than a mile to go and still no clear view of the harbour entrance Disneyland, where you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy The highlight of the day: meeting Mickey
Harry met a real southern beauty on board of the Mark Twain a somewhat rough ride at splash mountain At the filmset at Universal Studios. Alas, no Brat Pitt or Tom Cruise Had to do it with these "stars"
Between 1000 other yachts on a mooring for $30 a day in cruiser unfriendly Newport Beach Dana Point was a real relieve Pelicans Anchorage down town San Diego
We past the USS Midway aircraft carrier Harry inside a Russian sub marine The Star of India is the flagship of the maritime museum Spanish architecture down town San Diego
130 yachts leaving for Mexico in the yearly Baha haha rally. We let them go first....... Sailing south along the Mexican west coast is fun The coastline looks barren and deserted Celebrating our arrival in Ensenada
Ensenada has an excellent fish market Our neighbour in Bahia Naval Marina Their barking kept us awake at night Welcome in Tortuga Bay
The turtles have gone long ago...probably ended in the soup "Good service? good service? OK Pedro! Our Canadian friend Wes blew up his head sail. Where is the sailmaker? Show time!
In Puerto Balandra we lost our anchor The famous mushroom rock has been cemented over several times. They even made a replica, just in case... The bay is too shallow to move further in. We anchored just before the sandbar. At low tide you can walk to the other side
Fascinating rock formations along the coast line of Espiritu Sanctu island   A windy anchorage at Isla Partida Water pump Mexican style
Navy recruits in Mazatlan passing by our boat View over Mazatlan's old harbour where our dinghy was stolen   Sunrise at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Landing ashore in Chamela was somewhat of a challenge Chamela river mouth Anchored off the posh Hadas resort & marina View from the Hadas resort
A reddish sunrise.Will we finally get some rain? Nope. Another hot day without wind. Pangas lined up at the beach in Zihuateneijo Peseo de pescadores, where you can by fresh fish
Demonstrating for peace Sundowner at one of the palappa restaurants. Marquerita in the hand, feet in the sand. Puerto Angel Where the angel watches over the fishermen
Not sure if praying helps in this situation It's a miracle how they get their fish ashore A marlin skull left to dry towed by the navy drugs squad
moored at the fishermen warf in Salina Cruz. Fenders are too small, looking for truck tires Our neighbours are a colorful lot 't ken net farewell to our good old Perkins
See our mast? Here we are! our neighbours and our friend Louis Perez Dominguez. Locals call him el Diablo for a reason.
every day it's literally pumping or drowning Soldering new engine mounts. Oh no... my galley! Exploring Salina Cruz while waiting for the engine Food stalls everywhere
Tortillas! In any size at with any dish. $0.60 a kilo! Beautiful people dressed up for the annual Fiesta del Pueblo At the main square with my friend Carlos. Sorry I didn't meet yor parents...
At the politial rally, voting for "a pueblo differente". at 40 degrees, Corona is doing excellent business A trip with Joaquin to el ocho de agua, natural springs. I was the only one in bikini
  Having grilled chicken with Joaquin and his son. Thank you for a wonderful day! Finally, after 9 weeks...... Yippee!!! Time to go. and while Harry prepares the boat....
Ellen is invited on board VB Atlantico to watch the Dia del Mar celebrations and making new friends A salute to the Navy Flag ship with all the brass Captain Harry is happy with the engine run-in
 
At the dock in Chiapas Marina, waiting for a weather window to leave Mexico.   The farewell comittee  
       
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