Hey everyone – hope all is well! We have been crazy busy getting Ellie all fixed up and ready for the next leg! In the past week we have:
1) Fixed the water maker (Huge thanks to Rich with Cruise RO for coming down to SD TWICE with parts and making sure we are 100% operational before we head south! Thanks Rich!),
2) We installed a new Pactor modem that works with our SSB radio and enables us to send and receive email and weather data anywhere in the world!
3) Topped off all our tanks (water, diesel and gas)
4) Stocked up on a bunch of spares
5) Bought and won a bunch of fishing tackle
6) Changed the engine oil and filters
7) Procured International Health Insurance
8) Signed up for Dive Insurance and Emergency Medical Evacuation Coverage
9) Got Ellie coverage for Mexican waters
10) And most importantly, had a great time visiting San Diego, got to visit with Meg (Alyssa’s sis), and met a bunch of great friends who are also headed to Mexico for the winter!
San Diego has been great. Last night we attended a 20 piece jazz composition that was a practice session held in a boat yard! Our new friends Doug and Elena on Island Princess took us along. It was an amazing concert in a surreal setting; we will not forget it anytime soon. Today we sailed to Glorietta Bay and anchored off Coronado. I am emailing these words from the historic boat house (circa 1877) near the historic Hotel del Coronado, where we enjoyed an amazing sunset earlier this evening.
Based on the extended forecast for the baja peninsula, we are planning to leave SD on either Saturday or Sunday, clear into Ensenada, Mexico no later than Monday and then head south Tuesday morning. The forecast is calling for strong NW winds from Tuesday am through Thursday am, and we are planning to ride the blow all the way south to either Cedros Island or Turtle Bay.
Next post will likely be in Mexican waters! Adios Muchachos!
We also passed the historic tall ship the Spirit of India on the way out of SD. It was surreal!