Well that was quick,   2015 is here and it’s time to explore the Sea of Cortez and we are also now looking forward towards SanDiego, SanFrancisco, Long Beach for Transpac, Hawaii and then to our home waters of the Pacific Northwest.

But first we have some exciting adventures planed in the Sea.

Baja Cactus Hike

Baja Cactus Hike

Craig and Vicky Johnsen from Los Osos are visiting, it’s been 7 years since they were last in the Sea of Cortez and it’s fun to do some exploring with them,   as soon as this Norther lays down we will head North to Isla San Francisco about 45 miles North of La Paz.

What is a “Norther” you may ask,  well a good question.

It seem a Norther is a weather pattern centered around High pressure over the Four Corners area of the U.S. and a relative low out in the Pacific adjacent to the Sea of Cortez.

The result is a strong Northerly wind, 20kts to 30kts or more in some cases blowing down the Sea, which is about 600 miles long, a long fetch it is and it produces a step sea, todays forecast 25 t0 35 and it has been blowing like this for several days producing  7′ seas at a 7 second interval,  just plain nasty.

Where Desert meets the Sea

Where Desert meets the Sea

So we are using this time to visit La Paz, and taking care of some projects around the boat.

If weather permits we may be able to sail North as far as  Puerto Escondido and  visit Aqua Verde later this month.

Time will tell.

Frog Girl

Frog Girl

 

 

The end of the calendar year finds MARTHA  and the Schooner Martha Foundation in a very different place, on many levels.

Physically……..we are in the Sea of Cortez, and will be through February 2015.                                                                                    March will find MARTHA and crew sailing north to the California coast; San Diego for the American Schooner Cup and Yester- year Regatta then to SanFrancisco for the Master Mariners Regatta and Great San Francisco Schooner Cup and then on to Long Beach for the TransPac Race to Honolulu, returning to the Puget Sound and Port Townsend in time for the Wooden Boat Festival.

WAHOO

WAHOO

 

While reflecting on the past year we are grateful on many levels.   Structurally MARHTA  is solid and sound. Her fitness and finish are a testament to the abilities of her community within the Port Townsend Marine Trades, the Port of Port Townsend and a wide range of friends in the NW Region.   MARTHA has absolutely loved open ocean sailing.  You can sense  that she  enjoys the the long legs of an open ocean passage where she treats her crew well and clicks off the nautical miles with spirit and speed, not unlike a spirited horse who’s been in the paddock a bit too long and has been allowed out for a good run.

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Sunset on Anacapa

Sunset on Anacapa

MARTHA  has developed  a strong core crew and a growing  number of friends who are  taking part  in her spirited adventure and  we want to thank those many friends, Foundations, and Corporations who have given so generously  to make MARTHA and her programs successful.   We wish you all a joyous season and a happy Holiday.

 

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Cabo San Lucas to LaPaz

MARTHA and crew enjoyed a wonderful adventure on the Outer Coast, beautiful anchorages, board and body surfing, friendly people who were patient with our gringo-espanol, whale watching, and of course fishing, “can you say FISH TACO”.  One could spend a lot more time along this splendid coast line.   MARTHA’s crew included a family of […]

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Beautiful Fall, Channel Islands, on to San Diego

Our last sail training trip of the fall in Southern California has us saying a fond farewell to these amazing islands.    We spent a night anchored in Frenchy’s Cove on Anacapa Island, with only a small beach to explore for wild bird bones and interesting rocks and shells.      The south side of […]

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Channel Islands and Oxnard

MARTHA continues to explore and learn new areas for the NW Crew. We are pretty sure that MARTHA has been to many of these places before……. Fall has been truely lovely here and we feel blessed to be able to enjoy this mild weather.! ! ! In Newport Beach Harbor we were able to secure […]

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Catalina Island Paradise

MARTHA and crew are enjoying Santa Catalina Island and the wonderful weather. We sailed from Santa Barbara on Sunday evening and had a wonderful sail with NW winds 15 to 20 kts  and a snug anchor down at “Smugglers Cove”, SE end of Santa Cruz Isl. The next morning we proceeded to “Albert’s” anchorage on […]

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Channel Islands and Santa Barbara

Our 2015 Schedule has been posted!    Please take a look and contact us with any questions.  Consider sailing with us during this extraordinary year! MARTHA and crew are in Santa Barbara for a few days and are enjoying exploring a new part of the southern Californian coast. Sunday the 26th we head back out […]

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Morro Bay to Channel Islands

Look for our new 2015 Schedule coming out soon. Martha and her crew had a wonderful few days in the Channel Islands sailing and exploring by land and sea. We left Morro Bay at dawn on September 30th and sailed all day to San Miguel Island.  We had building NW winds, 15-25 with swells of […]

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SanFrancisco to Morro Bay

  Our stay in SanFrancisco was every thing we had hoped and more. The hospitality and warm reception from the SanFrancisco Yacht Club made MARTHA and her crew feel right at home. Many thanks to Commodore Bill Melbostad and Staff Commodore John Swain for making MARTHA’s visit truly a historic event. MARTHA and crew are […]

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Off to points South

We are now in the San Francisco Marina district and bording new folks today to head south.    We are happy to have Pete Langley on board for the next leg and looking forward to Monterey Bay, Morro Bay and the Channel Islands.     We will post more when time allows. Leukemia Cup was […]

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