Ok guys. My first big sailing experience was a delight. I had a lot of fun with Zeehag and Wolfecon.
I have learned a great deal from them both.
My first International sail was fun. I got a bit queasy, but never upchucked. Can't say the same for Wolfecon. His sick got real bad. Is the biggest reason we headed into Ensenada.
Unfortunately, I have now been made aware of some business opportunities State Side that I just can't pass up and with some IRS issues from years ago haunting me I am in desperate need of the cash infusion. So I'm heading home. Wolfecon and I are helping Zeehag find some crew here. I will be loaning my SPOT to Zeehag for the rest of her voyage to Mazatlan so that everyone can continue to track her. (Sorry some of you have problems with the map loading. I had a heck of a time searching for anything that would allow me to integrate that map into my site. I'll add the URL of the FindMeSpot page on the site tonight for those who are having problems.)
The boat is running great. The engine
took some time to work out it's kinks from being still for so long. But by the time we made it to Mazatlan she was purring like a kitten.
Honestly Solitary Bird was an incredibly enjoyable ship to sail on. She's a really great boat. As a newbie without a lot of experience on sailing ships I can say that I was very happy sailing on her. And after a nap I didn't have any more queasiness.
I did see in just the short journey we had: dolphins
, grey whales, flying fish
and some amazing coastlines and beautiful seas. Unfortunately I didn't get any pics of the whales or the dolphins
as I was manning the helm
and couldn't get a camera
My sincerest thanks to Zeehag for giving me a great opportunity to get my sailing adventure started.
I wish I could afford to continue with her, but this unexpected stop in Ensenada has brought some real life issues to my attention that I simply can't ignore.
I also learned a lot about how much I can do by myself on a boat. Trying to shoot anything for my documentary by myself while also trying to do my duties on the boat is problematic at best. I am going to have to figure out how to bring one more person with me in the future who can handle a cam. Hmmmm.