Sailing out of Turtle Bay with the Baja-Haha

Sail from Turtle Bay to Asuncion

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We were able to set sail inside Turtle Bay at 6:45am. Lots of Haha boats were still anchored, others had left already or left with us. It was good that we had wind, but we also had swell again and the all day sail was strenuous. But having boats around us, was quite nice and made the sail more interesting. One gorgeous boat with a big Spinnaker passed us, but most stayed behind, as Alsager was doing some good knots.

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The speed was great for fishing and we had about 6 Bonita’s on the hook, which we released. One huge Sail Fish had a bite and when the Captain tried to wheel him in, he jumped high out of the water and we got to see that creature in full beauty and I just shouted “holy shit, holy shit” and went to get the camera. But off he went and I was happy for him and us. 🙂

We arrived in Asuncion just before sunset, the anchorage was very calm and we were the only boat upon arrival. The sunset was beautiful, as was the big full Moon, which rised shortly after. While eating Pasta we watched 3 more boats come into the bay in the dark, but the anchored further away.

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In the morning we set up the dinghy and rowed on shore, favorite part for our dog Noah, who still doesn’t like to do his business on the boat. After walking around town a bit and getting ice cream for Mats (thanks Oma from Germany for getting him one through our “buy Mats an ice cream” link) someone recommended a restaurant to Kruiser.

Here I would like to add, it is of such great value that Kruiser speaks the language perfectly. The locals are always very friendly and helpful, but so much more, when there is a chance to communicate without problems. From his nature Kruiser also brings along a lot of charm, so we usually find what we need and more, without any problems.

Asuncion is a very cute little town. That restaurant which was recommended was overlooking the beach and had a very Mexican vacation feel to it. So relaxing.

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After a fantastic meal, fresh grilled Mahi with rice and Tortillas, we started rowing back towards Alsager. Two of the boats which had come in at night, had now anchored beside us and they were sailing under the Canadian flag. We rowed by and started chatting with the two couples and they immediately invited us on board. Over a beer we had a really nice long chat and learned a lot. Both of the couples are blogging about there adventures as well, I haven’t gotten a chance to check there sites yet, but maybe you like too. Here we go: www.svdoubledeuce.blogspot.ca from Ron and Karen and www.LaterThanWeThink.blogspot.ca from Mike and Jacquie. Super nice Canadians and we hope to run into them again, they will be in Mexico over the winter as well and are planning to continue down the Panama Canal.

We went back to our boat, prepared the boat to sail out at night and as we pulled up the sails, the wind switched and was right on our nose. How unfortunate! We set anchor again and decided to try early morning again. YES, one of the best moments for me so far. 😀

 

Turtle Bay anchoring with the Baja-Haha

All of us really enjoyed our stop in Turtle Bay. The anchorage is huge and it was no problem for the many boats from Baja-Haha and everyone else to find a spot. The Mexican’s here are so friendly. I don’t blame them for doubling the prices, it is a possibility for them to make some good money this one time a year. They are doing very well offering there service, from Taxiing from the anchorage spots to delivering fuel and water, even taking your garbage from you. Well, who knows, where that ends up…. 😦

They are getting a kick out of blonde Mats and he is getting a lot of attention. The break was well deserved and it makes me almost forget the long sail from San Diego and I look forward to rare overnighters from now on. Mats loves playing at the beach so much that he doesn’t want to go back on Alsager, when the sun sets. Tomorrow we will head out of Turtle Bay, we can recommend this stop to everyone. The Supermarket closest to beach is insanely stocked up.

Here few impressions when I walked through town with Mats, while the guys went for a surf.

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3 Days and 3 nights nonstop sail, ayayay!

Arriving in Mexico, I realize, that being able to post, will be very limited. The Internet is weak, even after purchasing Mexican sim cards, it will be tough to upload almost anything. Which is not great as I miss keeping in touch on a regular basis. How funny it is when the things you are used too, suddenly disappear. I wonder, if this is a bad, or in a lot of ways, even a good thing, because you stop staring at your phone or computer screen and start having a different perspective and look around you… again.

Whatever, good or bad, tonight is the first time since San Diego I am sitting down and getting my thoughts together. When we left San Diego, we were in good spirits. We had rested up, stocked up and took care of lots of things.

We hadn’t really planned forward, but the Captain certainly wanted to find wind to sail and save on gas, which is very expensive in Mexico. And of course, why else ARE we on a sailboat?

So, we motored further and further away from the coastline. Already getting out of the Mission Bay Harbor, we came across swell, I hadn’t missed since our arrival! It wasn’t a good feeling. It was worse though, when Mats started throwing up. He cried and had lots of pain in his belly. We thought of food poisoning, since he had never been seasick before. I was eying towards San Diego when Kruiser calmed us and got us back to the thought, it is just seasickness. Mats had the craving of Apple Juice shortly after and was soon doing much better, what a relief!

Mats sick, us being away from shore that far and thus no chance to anchor, weighted on me. One strong reason not joining the Baja Haha was to prevent overnight sailing. Now we were close to 50 miles away from shore, which made a stop impossible. I learned earlier on the trip, that the wind is the boss. And the Captain, of course! So, I was a quiet grump, there was no point in verbalizing my frustration.

When my baby was ready for bed, I just wanted to be with him. We find comfort in each other and our bond feels even stronger in this unknown adventure.

I fell asleep and woke up at 10pm and jumped out of bed, put my gear on and went into the cockpit. Kruiser was up and I jammed into his night shift. He was a bit confused and I thought he will probably be happy, if I give him a break. Well, I hadn’t put much thought into it and kinda screwed up the whole night shift program. At the end it was a very busy night with lots of boats around and Captain and myself being up most of the night, needing each others help. Kruiser snored away until later in the night and Mats too! I hope, at the end, it wasn’t too bad for him…  😀

He showed us the next day, what an exceptional Fisherman he is. He caught 2 Mahi Mahi’s shortly after crossing the Mexican border, a Bonita and a Baby Mako SHARK! Yupp, that was insane. No worries, I got it all on camera.

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We made some yummy Mahi Mahi with rice and my brain is pretty empty from that point on. I think, I was just functioning since there was not much I could do anyway. I was in my own thoughts, planned on checking the flight situation when I was able to get back online to fly back home from Cabo. I don’t know, if it is me just giving up so quickly, or getting mad/feeling helpless, or just trying to calm myself down with the idea, hey, if it gets too much, there is always a way of return and getting out of this. It takes pressure off me, I guess. Kinda like: F…. all!  Yupp, thank you guys, I am even loosing my well behavior and am into Sailor’s jargon!

The good about the 3 days and nights, we had some nice sailing, a bit over 1 day of motoring. We were followed by Dolphins, MY FAVORITE HIGHLIGHT! Unbelievable and I cannot stop watching them. I cannot wait, showing it to all of you and hope I can edit it soon. It’s just incredible! And the fishing has been insane. I tasted the meat of a fresh caught Yellow Fin Thuna and felt like a cannibal. Getting out of your comfort zone. It happens all the time and it makes me grow….or hate it?

Are you still there? 😉

 

The night before, lying in bed…

It’s the night before we are heading out to Mexico. Thousand thoughts are going through my head, while the sea lions are barking outside. Not kidding!  Last night I woke up at 5am, I dreamed we went shopping at Trader Joe’s the day before departure and we forgot a ton. What’s up with that? No bigger problems out there for us? Distracting myself? (scratching my head)

And today, we REALLY went to Trader Joe’s.  I realized, shit, I forgot the Mac & Cheese ! Oh my gosh, no Mac & Cheese, how will my 3 year old react? Toddlers just LOVE Mac & Cheese. It’s a safe bet! Thank good, I did not forget the Pancake Mix and the Captain grabbed the Maple Syrup! Yeah, Mr. Canadian, you better! 😀

I am lying in bed and know, we don’t have enough beer. I NEED beer. But, I guess, that is the risk you take and then, you just make it work. It was pretty chaotic. We had some kind of shopping list, but then all marched around inside the store with our little man left and right, and just grabbed what seemed like a good idea. Well, let me rephrase that, I DID EXACTLY THAT. The men were way more mellow about it. Beer? Well, let’s grab two 6 packs and 2 bottles of Vodka and 1 bottle of Rum. That should get us by for a bit and we don’t have much room in the fridge, which needs ice. Well yeah, I understand… but…  😦

Kruiser also realized, I had gone into the store without having breakfast and was way hungry. Not a good idea. But you know what? For some reason I don’t believe, things will go to waste. Come on, Kruiser, you are 6 ‘8, you need your fuel! We haven’t caught the fish just yet…  We  had just stored away our groceries and he was the first to dig into the fridge and we hadn’t even left yet!  (He was the 2nd, I was first to grab one of those valuable beers, just in case…. ) . 😀

We also had a big helper along the way, Kruiser’s friend Ross, a super nice guy, gave us a lift from the Marina to the supermarkets and several stops inbetween. THANK YOU MUCH!

Whoever is sailing out there and depends on transportation on shore, knows, how helpful it is to have someone who just stops and offers a ride. It is greatly appreciated! In return, come and sail with us, when we have room, or just visit. We would love it and it will be an adventure for you.

Right now though… let’s get there first. Or, how do they like to say?

THE PATH IS THE TRUE DESTINATION  !

Papa, we would love to have you come visit. And Mom, I know you rather wait, until we can manage to come see you in Germany, and that’s ok too.

Love to all of you!

We are traveling under Canadian Flag, with the curtesy Mexican flag in our rig.

Just because… !