A huge thank you to the fine members of the Silver Gate Yacht Club  here in San Diego for their warm hospitality.

The upcoming America’s Schooner Cup

Paul Mitchell setting up his Phaff 130 in Martha's cockpit.

Paul Mitchell setting up his Phaff 130 in Martha’s cockpit.

event is not only a wonderful gathering of fine boats, but also a benefit for the Navy-Marine Relief Society.

We have been able to repair some stitching on our sail covers and make new spray cloths.   Thanks to Paul Mitchell for bringing his machine out of storage for us.    Also, Chuck Skewes of Ullman Sails helped us over a big challenge of “laminating” our trys’l with the high visibility cloth necessary for off-shore racing.

We had a wonderful turn out for both the slide show and open house and are enjoying sailing around San Diego Bay with old and new friends.

 

Thank You to Chuck Skewes and Ullman Sails San Diego

Thank You to Chuck Skewes and Ullman Sails San Diego

Mermaids on the bowsprit

Mermaids on the bowsprit

New friends on a San Diego Bay day sail

New friends on a San Diego Bay day sail

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MARTHA is comfortably tucked into the Southwestern Yacht Club Guest dock after arriving from Mexico and clearing U.S.Customs.

Many Thanks to the Southwester YC for their generous hospitality, along with the folks at Island Palms Marina.

Our trip up the outer coast of the Baja Peninsula was really highlighted by all the whale sightings.   Between LaPaz, Cabo San Lucas, and Magdalena Bay we were treated multiple times to breaching humpback whales, both in small groups and singularly.     North of Mag Bay we began encountering Gray whales, some swimming close and even directly under the bowsprit.   All seemed very calm and appeared to be truly gentle giants.

 

It’s spring race season and we are registered for the America’s Schooner Cup and planning our first of the season crew race training dates. We will use the Spring Race series to tune up the Transpac crew.

Beating out through Race rocks in the Swiftsure LightShip Classic

Beating out through Race rocks in the Swiftsure LightShip Classic

 

 

We will be up against some very fast boats and good sailors as we test our mettle in San Diego Bay in both the America’s Schooner Cup and the Yesteryear Regatta in May.

MARTHA at speed in Round the County Race

MARTHA at speed in Round the County Race

After the Schooner Cup MARTHA heads for Ventura, a haul out and a little loving before heading to Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands.

 

The Crew is looking Forward to revisiting the Islands which happen to be among our favorite cruising grounds out side of the Pacific North West.

Anyone interested in exploring the Channel Islands with us this Spring should go to our Schedule page for info.

Coches Prietos, Santa Cruise Island

Coches Prietos, Santa Cruise Island

Ryder at Coches Prietos "You could be here"

Ryder at Coches Prietos
“You could be here”

The next few trips on the California coast will be the last chance to sail off shore with MARTHA for the next few years.

Here’s your chance,  sign up and come sailing !

 

 

Farewell to La Paz

Martha heads out today, bound for Cabo San Lucas and points north. We have Christopher back on board and are so happy to see him.   He came bearing gifts from PT and we are ever grateful and appreciate all the Schooner Martha Foundation friends. Here are some photos from the past week.   We […]

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Looking Towards Spring Sailing

Sailing in the Sea of Cortez and being based out of La Paz sure has been a great time and it’s been fun sharing  some time sailing  here with friends from the North West. Steve Scharf has just left us after a fun week of sailing and relaxing and we now have a few short […]

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2015 Winter in the Sea of Cortez

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. Craig and […]

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Christmass in the Sea of Cortez

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.                                           […]

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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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