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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.