The first leg of the trip was from Punta Mita to Isla Iabel. I had arranged to work my way north with the boat Shamaness, and we left at Midnight to hopefully get in before dark the next day. I hadn't really looked at the weather too much, and Shamaness is a bigger and heavier boat than Altair, with a much bigger motor, so it didn't work out too well. The winds came up against me and the seas became choppy, and Altair was working very hard just to keep moving in right direction. Shamaness got in before me, but I sailed and tacked and motored and swore at things until well after sunset and finally got into the island. My morale was low because of an oil leak and a water leak and the floor of the boat was a nasty mess, and also because of the lack of sleep, but the next day on Isabel cured me right up. This is the island that I love to go to because of all the birds and the clear water. There weren't as many birds at this late time of the year, but the water was clear and full of beautiful fish, and there were still some birds.
I set off from Isabel the next day, bright and early in the morning, and with a promise to myself that I wouldn't try to match the speed of the mighty Shamaness. It is just that in choppy seas, Shamaness can go to windward and through those seas much better than Altair can. After a time, I saw a sail on the horizon to leeward and soon enough she was upon me. We sailed close together for a time and then she passed me by, and I spent a night out in the nasty chop and arrived at Mazatlan the next day. All this makes me wish I had a heavier boat and a bigger motor.
Mazatlan was a turning point in this trip, and I began to go West instead of North, to head over to La Paz and the Baja. The weather also began to turn and I had a nice calm flat ocean to glide over on my crossing to La Paz. It took me two nights and three days and I was there. On my way in, I headed over to look for Whale Sharks, and there was one swimming by. I got a picture, but sadly it is hard to see.
My first stop was Esperitu Santu island, where the rocks are carved out of a sandstone similar to the rocks of Chuckanut drive, and the waters are clear and blue.
I left early the next morning, and saw a few Humpback Whales! There weren't many in Bandaras Bay this last winter, so I was glad to see them now.