In June 2015, I helped sail a Stevens 50 from Cabo San Lucas north, intending to go to San Francisco
. We contemplated what the Californians call the "Baja Bash", the sad duty of crew charged with returning a boat
from any of the downwind races to Mexico
I say "sad duty", because sailing N along the coastline means sailing upwind nearly all of the way, and against current
. That means lots of motoring, and not many places along the way (until one gets to California) to refuel.
So we decided to do the 'clipper route', sailing SW out of Baja
mostly reaching, until we got the knock and hang a right. If the circulation out in the Pacific is 'right', then (the manual says) you're good to get to San Francisco. We were five days out when the main's top panels
decided they were too tired to do their job. So we turned right and sailed as close-hauled as genny & staysail would permit
. Got a nice shift about 330 nm W of Isla Cedros, and flew the chute for a bit, then put in at Ensenada. Soon after we motored along the coast to Newport Beach
, where we managed to find an acceptable used main.
The boat's now in Sausalito, on the market, and the owners are swallowing the anchor
. The owners are good friends, former competitors of mine in the Intl. 470, people with whom I've spent the last decade, cruising from Greece
to this side of the pond.
I am not ready to hang it up. Anybody needs someone who can hand, reef, and steer, who's been racing
dinghies since 1967 or offshore
since 1971, I'm your boy.