Friday, April 19, 2013

Mexico At Last!

D Dock, Cruiseport Village Marina, Ensenada, Mexico
We need to be safely tucked up in the Sea of Cortez by June 1st, the beginning of Mexico’s hurricane season. Wanting to allow enough time to enjoy the journey, we knew we had to leave San Diego. Closely watching the weather forecasts we waited for a storm front to pass through and set Thursday, April 18 as our departure date.
We had accomplished everything that needed to be done before leaving the States. We secured good and reasonably priced insurance for the boat, obtained Mexican fishing licenses, and got a new safety switch for the dinghy’s outboard. We made all necessary repairs, improvements, and bought fishing gear for the great Baja fishing ahead of us. We finished our tax returns, set all of our bills to auto pay and notified family and friends of our imminent departure. We had run out of excuses to stay in San Diego.
After seven and a half weeks we had established a routine; we visited with friends at Downwind Marine every Wednesday morning over coffee and donuts and went to the Farmers’ Market for produce every Sunday. We had our favorite restaurants, favorite bookstore and tackle shop, even a favorite bus driver. We became experts on the transit system and explored every corner of the city.
It was easy to get comfortable there. Our friend and former Seattle dock-mate, Michael Pack, was a welcome face and helped us in many ways. We are deeply grateful for his kindnesses.  It was hard to leave. 

Wanting to ensure a daylight arrival at Ensenada, we pulled away from Kona Kai Marina at 2:30 am. The sea was dead calm and the wind was 2 kts from the west. It was nice to be out on the open water again under clear, star-filled skies. For most of the day we motor-sailed at 5.5 kts with 6 kts of air from the west.  Only when Ensenada was in sight did the wind pick up, a hot and dry 20+ knots that pushed us the last 8 or so miles.

 It was a comfortable and uneventful trip and we arrived at our destination after 12 hours at sea. As hard as it was to leave San Diego behind, we are happy and excited to finally be in Mexico and look forward to the adventures ahead.

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