Lucky me! When my friend RP invited me to join him for a week of cruising near La Paz, Mexico, I jumped at the opportunity. A few years earlier I helped deliver his boat, a 40 foot Willard trawler, from Port Angeles, WA to San Francisco. That was a 5-day/night offshore trip down the west coast in windy conditions. So, what a delight to spend a week in the sun, while at home temperatures plunged into the 20's and snow blanketed on our island homestead.
Getting to the boat was a journey in itself -- waking at 3:30AM to catch the shuttle to the airport, then taking two separate Alaska Air flights to reach Los Cabos International airport. From there it was a 3-hour bus ride from Cabo on the Pacific side, across the rugged Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the port city of La Paz on the Gulf side, where I caught a taxi from the bus depot to the marina, finally arriving to the boat at 9PM -- in all, it was a 17-hour travel day!
October through April are the primo months for cruising this area; daytime temperatures are in the 70's and low 80's, then cool to the mid-060's at night. Prevailing winds are from the NW, but occasional southerlies and an unpredictable breeze called El Coromuel can create confusing seas on the Gulf and rolly anchorages along Baja's eastern shore. These so-called Coromuels, which originate 200 miles away on the Mexican mainland, can make anchoring a challenge; if you choose a cozy bay with protection from the prevailing WNW winds, you're leaving yourself exposed to the Coromuel when it blows into open west facing bays. During our week on the water we had only one bad night, when a playful breeze danced into our anchorage at O Dark Thirty and kept us rolling in our bunks until sun rise. Fortunately, MV Lilliana is equipped with a large Rocna anchor and all-chain rode, which kept us securely dug into the bay's sandy bottom. After a sleepless night, we finally caught some shut eye when the breeze died out with the new day.
We're Richard and Gwen (aka, Captain n' Cook), active boaters since moving to Seattle from Los Angeles in the early 90s. In that time we've owned several interesting vessels, but this blog will record our adventures on MV Kika, a Selene 47 Ocean Trawler.