• Isla Coronado Loreto Bay Marine Park

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  • Isla Carmen Loreto Bay Marine Park

  • The Aquarium San Carlos


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Author Archives: Vince

Dan, Brady, Chris and Jon from Utah: dolphins, turtles mantas and sea lions plus some fish!

Seven great days of sailing with the boys from Utah. We had almost every conceivable condition you could get, first day during the memorial day regatta was a strong north westerly wind with many days of great southerly winds to follow. Dan, Brady, Chris and Jon had some wonderful Sea of Cortes moments. Two great bottle nose dolphin sailing days were recorded during our week. During those days I was able to get some great ID shots for our new dolphin catalog we are starting up for WorldsAquarium. We also spotted a few sea lions in the bay and the last day was particularly interesting with great spear fishing plus a turtle and three manta’s observed. We even stopped a commercial fisherman from trying to hook one of those manta’s up for dinner!! So seven great sailing days at the end of May! Thanks to the boys from Utah for coming down!!! I will be working on the video over the next week of so and post it when finished!!

 

 

 

Mark, Robert and Lucas good wind nice weather at the end of March!

So we did several days on Sandia and a few days on Marc’s 35 Cal which was a great boat to sail. Very much rigged like our 32 Ericson. The Cal 35 has a well positioned main sheet right in front of the companion way which makes sheeting and jibbing the boat a piece of cake! We had great wind over the 5 days and it was a blast sailing with you Gents!!

 

Rob & Linnea went from zero to hero in 7 spectacular days of sailing!

Rob & Linnea went from zero to hero in 7 spectacular days of sailing!

So it was a grand pleasure to teach the highly motivated mid westerners, Rob the adventurer Linnea the dolphin whisperer,  to sail. There is no doubt after this course that Ron and Linnea could handle Sandia our 32 foot Ericson with out any assistance from the likes of me! Luckily they stayed for 10 days which gave us a bit of wiggle room because of the 35 knot storm day that was a cause for cancelling a day. I can pretty much count on one finger the total number of days we have cancelled due to excessive winds over the 20 years we have been sailing.

And I will remind you guys that I do owe you a couple of days of sailing on the our 40 foot trimaran when you come back!! Got to take a sail on the dark side right!

Rob is no stranger to adventure, here is a link to his 2014 summer trip rafting 1,600 plus miles on the Mississippi river!

Hope to see you guys again soon and remember this summer, JUST KEEP SAILING!!!!

 

Kim From Alaska, 7 days of wind and warm water!

Kim From Alaska, 7 days of wind and warm water!

 

I always tell my prospective sailing students to come in October. It is the nicest month of year. Warm water and the beginning of the north west winds. This year was no exception. The water was indeed warm and the air temps were as well and we caught many fish this week, including several sierra not pictured above. I have helped Kim look at several boats during the week and with any luck Kim will soon have her affairs settled in Anchorage and be on her way to her new adventure of sailing the Sea of Cortes!!

 

We helped save Ms Toni a 40 foot Jim Brown, she is out of the water and safe!

Ms. Toni is a 40 ft. Jim Brown. The owner had some serious health issues and the boat was left for a few years basically unattended here in the San Carlos at the Los Tomates anchorage in San Carlos Bay. We got the boat put into the Marina just before Hurricane Newton devastated the area with 70 knot winds. We were happy to get Ms. Toni tied up to the Marina and safe since the hurricane pretty much swept clean any boats that were left in the bay. Yesterday we finally got her towed to the boat yard in Guaymas and safely pulled out of the water. While Ms. Toni was on the hook she was frequently boarded and robbed of several things. Solar Panels are gone along with the steering wheel and I am sure a host of other items. With that said the boat is still in great shape considering her ordeal. We were so happy to make sure she did not die in this last hurricane!! Thanks to Frank, one of my Sailing Students from New York who took the time to help me get her to Guaymas. It was an all day affair!!

Kathryn & Rodrigo get three perfect cloudy breezy rainy days for basic keel boat!

You never know what summer time will bring when teaching a sailing course. You are of course guaranteed warm water and this year we got two beautiful cloudy days and had the opportunity to sail through some refreshingly rain showers. That doesn’t happen all that often. Kathryn from the Alamos mine up in northern Sonora and Rodrigo a university professor from Oaxaca got a bit of a special treat with those cloudy days!!

 

Thanks to you both for three great days of sailing!!!

 

Dialing in a Halman 20 in San Carlos

I had the vast pleasure of sailing a Halman 20 the other day here in San Carlos. The boat came with a house purchase and I helped the new owner get the boat a bit sorted out. Halman Manufacturing Company built boats from 1978 to 1997 based out of Ontario Canada. The boats are serious little affairs and it would seem to me built to take the punishment that the great lakes can dish out to any would be sailor. Halman built 7 different models according to Sailboat Data. The boat I sailed here in San Carlos seemed as sold as a rock and had very decent performance for something so small. Even though the boat was only 20 feet long it has a slightly bigger feel to it. There was an enormous amount of space on the foredeck and it was remarkably easy to walk up there on such a small vessel. The interior was spacious and decent head room considering the size of the boat. Here is another interesting site on Halman 20’s. Apparently there are virtually no owners manuals for these boats but if you go to this link you might be able find one. This previous link has some great stories on Halman boats with one even ending up in Australia!

The following is cut and pasted from the link above:

Halman 20 Owners – Check this out!!!!  Seems that “Mr. Halmans” factory built a lot of 20 ft. boats, but didn’t build too many manuals – and probably because people were so eager to go sailing, they weren’t going to take the time to do any serious writing or reading. If he was wrong, and you really do like to read and learn something new…. then here’s something make your day! Mr. Colin Starratt has compiled a manual of notes from being a Halman owner and has graciously offered to share that with us. If you’d like a copy, send me an e-mail at [Lmay@nordicaboats.com] and I’ll forward it to you. He’s done a great job in combining photos, sketches and real “meat and potatoes” perspectives from an owners viewpoint. The price to you for his work is simple, you have to send him a note of thanks and appreciation for his efforts. Absolutely the best deal you’ve run across for a long time I’d bet. The file is a “PDF” document and is about 40+ pages long.

Thanks Colin for all of your work. Your efforts will be appreciated many times over by all of the existing and new Halman owners who read and learn from your work. As an update to this “better than free” offer, there have been a lot of requests for his manual and I hope Colin is getting his e-mail box stuffed with your notes of appreciation.

 

Bob and Flo from the plains of Calgary did 7 windy days in a row

Bob and Florence had incredible weather for their 7 day sailing course. February tends to be the windiest and coldest month of the year here in San Carlos but this year was a bit different. Due to the monster el nino we are having this year the water temperature is still hovering around around 70 degrees in shore and the air temperature was in the 70’s and sometimes 80’s. As you will notice from the pictures we almost never had a jacket on during the whole 7 day course since the wind was not a cold bitter northwesterly like we usually have. Instead we had a very nice warm north and north westerly wind for almost all the days except for the final day which turned out to be the least windy of them all yet we still sailed most of it.

This February we also had far more boats sailing in the bay than we normally have so it was great practice to figure out who was on what tack and thus who had the right away. Bob is looking to purchase a boat down here and we are actively consulting for him to help him find the right boat for him.

I also ran into Bonnie and John at the Marina San Carlos fuel dock , who are also from Canada by the way!! Vive Canada!! Bonnie and John took a three day course with us a few months back and now have gone on to purchase a a boat of their own, Ingenium, which is pictured below. I got a great shot of the calico kitty they have on board!