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Day 1-
Okay, I made a mistake in choosing a Friday to head down to Puerto Penasco. No sooner had we gotten to the first Border Patrol checkpoint 15 miles East of Tucson, there was a “wide load” taking up both lanes of Highway 86. We followed a lead vehicle for about a half-hour, until the wide load decided to pull over and let a bunch of us pass.

Then, there was the border crossing. Ay-yi-yi. It took nigh on two hours to travel the last two miles to the border!






It took us about five-plus hours to make what is usually a three to four hour run. Still, we got into town with enough daylight left to get splashed and claim a slip.


I was pleased to find that the trailered sailboats at Safe marina had been relocated a bit further from the sandblasting operations next door, making the boat’s initial clean-up much easier, thankyouverymuch. I’m sure all the sailors dry-docked at Safe Marina will appreciate this, too.

Carl’s Sea Ray was all cockeyed in her slip at Fonatur, taking up both berths. Apparently, the fishing boats were getting a little out of control when leaving their docks, and ramming whatever might be docked at Fonatur, so the dock neighbors were helping out. I was told that the fabulous 80 foot ketch, Ocean, now under new ownership, was hit on her transom just before she set out for new horizons.



Ouch. Boat repairs in exotic locations.

Flyin’ Sideways, take notice. Ocean was right where you’d be if you were to get that coveted T slip at Fonatur!

That night the wind came up, pushing the Sea Ray to where it knocked over the shore power pedestal. The darned thing was just too much for me alone to put to rights, so I fetched Gustavo the night watchman, to help in squaring away the errant boat. All I wanted was to secure her so she wouldn’t do any more damage, and after we got her tied off, I hit the hay.

Day 2-
Upon awaking, I found that Gustavo had gone above and beyond the call of duty, wrestling the big Sea Ray over and alongside her dock. Kudos, Gustavo!

Coffee and breakfast on the docks, bend on the mainsail and reefing lines, and inquire of our neighbors as to where we might see some whales. Seems that the whales were further out than we got during our daysail, but there were shloads of dolphin!



What fun!

I also got to fly the spinnaker for a bit.


Then the SHTF and made things a bit too windy for that sail. I quickly stowed it away in defeat.

Did I mention that it was Spring Break down here? The local booze-cruisers were sold out.


It made for some pretty noisy times on Friday and Saturday, and the local bars were busy too, pumping out loud music until the wee hours of the night.

Day 3-

Pretty much a carbon copy of Saturday. We set sail late morning, enjoying light winds and a couple of dolphin sightings, until it was time to head on back in for dinner. The evening noise ashore had tempered to a reasonable level, and the night was quiet, thank goodness.

March 12-13-2016

Sunday’s sail track is in red.

Day 4-
I had kind of wanted to stay an extra day this trip, straining our home-bound cats’ kitty-litter allotment, but we ended up leaving town by about 1400 hours. The border was quick and painless, and I only had to pass one police cruiser that was holding up traffic. 🙂



  1. Awesome!

    • Yah, pretty much what I thought, too. Dogs were drama-free, and that Challenger ketch had been hauled out at Cabrales’ yard. Didn’t cost me a thing!
      The bottom looked pretty okay, just a few blisters, and the rudder had a small corrosion problem on its leading lower edge.

  2. Another great – but short – trip for you. I am not sure what is going on at the border. I came through 2 weeks ago and the Mexican Customs folks had turned off the red/green light and were checking every vehicle. Some friends had the same experience one week later. I hope it is just a Spring Break event!

    • In the news recently was a joint US/MX anti-narco effort in Sonoyta. I dunno, maybe a holdover effect, but they waved us right through.
      I do know I’m not making that mistake again!

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