Thursday, March 15, 2012

Last Post - before we leave for the Marquesas

Well it finally feels like we are leaving. Ladybug is heavily loaded - the waterline barely showing - the salon filled with fruit in hammocks and fresh vegetables bulging from the quarter berth locker. We made three shopping runs yesterday to the market and to two grocery stores. We still need to buy our eggs (9 dozen) and another dozen grapefruit today.

As I post this last picture blog from Mexico, Rani is getting ready to take her last shower and skype with her family. She is feeling quite emotional about leaving and the long crossing ahead. We will both miss Mexico, but are excited about seeing new lands (we have been cruising in Mexico since 2008 - hard to believe it has been more than three years).

We will update the blog during our passage as long as we can access HAM land stations from our radio. Should something go wrong with the electronics - radio, tuner, modem, or batteries - we may not be able to update the blog until we reach Polynesia. Our target arrival date is April 20 as we plan to visit a few more places in Mexico including Isla Clarion (about 300 miles southwest of Cabo) en route. The passage is about 2800 miles and we hope to average better than 100 miles a day. If we experience many calms or contrary winds we may be late by a week or two...

Chris and Rani photographing a heron colony. Thanks to Tom of S/V Eagle for this excellent picture.

Jim and Karen leave La Paz for the Marquesas on 'Sockdolager'. The little Dana 24  is showing no waterline, she is so loaded with provisions. You can follow their blog here

A 'Safety Meeting' at Marina Palmira.

Mary Lee provides the entertainment - she is a fantastic Jazz singer and pianist.

Chris joined Mary Lee for a few numbers with his uke and recorder. 

Chris cleans the bottom - note the new lycra hoody made locally.

Chris admires the new autopilot cover - made by Rani.

Enjoying a last quiet anchorage before the final provisioning run.

Rani at coral viewing height - the ratlines were described in a previous post.

Climbing the new rat lines.

John Spicher takes us for a sail on Time Piece - another Coast 34.

Captain Spicher at the helm.

Rani tries to find a place for everything after our last major day of provisioning. She cut her hair short to make it easier to look after on the passage.

1 comment:

Joan said...

Rani and Chris;
Joan and I wish you all the best in your voyage. If appropriate, we hope you always have the wind at your back and calm seas beneath your bow. Godspeed and we look forward to following your adventures.

James and Joan