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Sailors Run reporting in from Bahia Caraquez, Ecuador. May-2015

Sailors Run reporting in from Bahia Caraquez, Ecuador. May-2015

Debbie and I are happy to report that the moorings here at Puerto Amistad have been holding the boats in place without any problems and we have been experiencing large tide changes that amplify the normal current running down the Rio Chone, especially this time of year when there is more rain in the mountains.

On security issues here we have had no incidences of theft since we have arrived, and are very pleased with the regular cruise patrol that the security guard does around the boats many times each night.

The good old Sailors Run has been getting lots of TLC in preparation for the “Adventure”. The wind generator is happy to be spinning silently on new bearings and a new set of blades. All the winches are greased and ready to go.

The decision has been made to replace both the Mizzen sail and the Main sail as they are 7- years old as I fear they would most likely be blown out in the Southern Ocean, and I don’t like sewing all that much in confined spaces and heavy weather.

The Sailors Run is on a diet and she is shedding pounds daily and the locals are benefitting as we get rid of things that have not been used in the last year.

THIS IS SOME OF OUR STUFF GETTING OFF THE BOAT AND TO A NEW HOME TO AN ECUADORIAN FAMILY

THIS IS SOME OF OUR STUFF GETTING OFF THE BOAT AND TO A NEW HOME TO AN ECUADORIAN FAMILY

Debbie is packing up and taking all her valuables with her “Just In case”, actually I cannot blame her. I must admit it gives me a sickening, sinking feeling, deep down inside, as I watch her pack up and I must ask myself is she seeing something I’m missing. I can only hope she is just being cautious and I will surely be keeping my senses tuned into the little details before departure.

The other part of pulling this adventure off , is that the skipper has to be up to the many challenges he will surely encounter along the way. The only way I can do that is to get in the best possible shape I can over the next 5.5 months. Debbie and I have found a great running course out across the Rio Chone River across the bridge and back, and have met some great people while out on our runs like the four guys from the capital of Quito, and we had them out to the boat to check it out.

JEFF AND DEB ON THE BRIDGE OF THE RIO CHONE

JEFF AND DEB ON THE BRIDGE OF THE RIO CHONE

DEB & I MET OTHER RUNNERS ON THE BRIDGE AND SHARED MY ADVENTURE WITH THEM

DEB & I MET OTHER RUNNERS ON THE BRIDGE AND SHARED MY ADVENTURE WITH THEM

OUR NEW FRIENDS ENJOYING SAILORS RUN

OUR NEW FRIENDS ENJOYING SAILORS RUN

ECUADORIANS HANGING OUT ON THE BOW OF THE BOAT

ECUADORIANS HANGING OUT ON THE BOW OF THE BOAT

THE GUYS AND ONE IS READING MY BOOK

THE GUYS AND ONE IS READING MY BOOK

I have also signed up for a local 10-k run that goes off at the end of June, this will give me something to further motivate me. Oh yea! I have to drop 10lbs. as speed comes with weight loss as well as endurance, one of the key ingredients to having a successful passage, especially when it is a tremendously challenging one and endurance often times can make the critical difference.

MOTHER'S DAY DINNER AT PUERTO AMISTAD YUM!!

MOTHER’S DAY DINNER
AT PUERTO AMISTAD
YUM!!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

 

ME AND MY NEWER BEAN BAG,MUCH FULLER  TOO,COMFORTABLE

ME AND MY NEWER BEAN BAG,MUCH FULLER TOO AND COMFORTABLE

HAVE LEARNED TO COOK A REALLY GOOD CHICKEN STEW  IN OUR PRESSURE COOKER

HAVE LEARNED TO COOK A REALLY GOOD CHICKEN STEW IN OUR PRESSURE COOKER

 

Your Amigos Jeff & Debbie on S/V Sailors Run.

The Wrap up, on Sailors Run’s Mexico to Ecuador Passage, April 2015.

The Wrap up, on Sailors Run’s Mexico to Ecuador Passage, April 2015.

Debbie and I sailed the last 15 miles down to the waiting area, where we hung out and waited for our pilot and the high tide. We had requested Pedro as our pilot and were just a little taken back when Arioso a young new pilot came to guide us in. We remembered Arioso from several years ago when we were here and it was a nice reunion. We could only hope he could read the conditions at the bar.

CAPTAIN AND THE NEW PILOT ARIOSO HEAD FOR THE BAR CROSSING

CAPTAIN AND THE NEW PILOT ARIOSO HEAD FOR THE BAR CROSSING

HEADING INTO BAHIA CARAQUEZ OVER THE BAR

HEADING INTO BAHIA CARAQUEZ OVER THE BAR

Off we went and had a perfect crossing of the bar and were very pleased with our new pilot. It was later that things became a little more clear why Pedro was not our pilot, see Pedro is the security guard at Puerto Amistad and one night, sometime before our arrival Pedro was doing a night patrol on the boats moored there when he and his panga were commandeered by four-masked men with guns in another panga and he was later deposited on a beach and they took off with the panga. It was actually the 75hp. Motor they were after and later Pedro got his panga back less the engine. Now Pedro patrols in a much smaller vessel and we are not sure if he will be doing piloting in the future, possibly not until a suitable motor is found.
We however feel quiet safe here on the moorings and as far as we can tell the moorings seem to be standing up to the high spring tides and run-off from the mountains that flows down the Rio Chone River.

SAILORS RUN SAFELY ON THE MOORING BALL WITH SEVERAL OTHER BOATS AT PUERTO AMISTAD YACHT CLUB,ECUADOR

SAILORS RUN SAFELY ON THE MOORING BALL WITH SEVERAL OTHER BOATS AT PUERTO AMISTAD YACHT CLUB,ECUADOR

Tripp and Maje welcomed us to Puerto Amistad where I had a rather laid back birthday party with a few friends and more old friends just keep showing up all the time. Debbie had ordered a cake thru email while we were sailing to the marina and they came through with even my name on it, yummy 

 

Prices are severely on the rise here. Now it is $180 dollars to check in and that gives you only 90-days and if you want an extension of 6-months that is available for another four-hundred dollars, more or less.

Debbie and I were shocked when we went to the new Mall and a “Boogie board”, that short Styrofoam board that you ride the waves with, cost 378-US Dollars. In the states they cost forty-five dollars at Costco and they are better boards. We also heard that the local Ecuadorians put their high heels on lay a way. It would appear that the government is making huge money grabs on any and all imported goods. Now those money grabs are sad, as the poor people must deal with these outrages prices, forcing them to stay down and little chance of moving up. This is Big Government looking out for the People. USA please take note, as you can learn from this report.

A VERY NICE FAMILY WE MET AND HAD THEM OUT TO THE BOAT TO EXPERIENCE WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LIVE ON A BOAT

A VERY NICE FAMILY WE MET AND HAD THEM OUT TO THE BOAT TO EXPERIENCE WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LIVE ON A BOAT

Now getting back to putting Sailors Run right entailed getting the refrigeration fixed. We got the most well known local guys out to the boat and after two days and lots of head scratching the reefer is functioning once again. We are not sure what was the actual problem other than some blockage in the lines and they cleaned them all out and it seems to be working fine. The repairman will be back in two days to check it out and his bill was reasonable. With Refrigerant and new filter total cost to us 125 dollars, now if this repair lasts it was a bargain as the import tax on a new system would most likely be 100% of the total cost.

FOR NOW IT'S WORKING AFTER REPLACING THE FILTER AND CLEANING OUT THE LINES

FOR NOW IT’S WORKING AFTER REPLACING THE FILTER AND CLEANING OUT THE LINES

Making the most of Ecuador, Your amigo’s- Jeff and Debbie

THE CAPTAIN AND HIS MATE ENJOYING MY BIRTHDAY NIGHT OUT AT PUERTO AMISTAD,ECUADOR

THE CAPTAIN AND HIS MATE ENJOYING MY BIRTHDAY NIGHT OUT AT PUERTO AMISTAD,ECUADOR

 

Sailors Run’s Passage from Mexico to Ecuador. Days- 13-14-15-April-2015.

Sailors Run’s Passage from Mexico to Ecuador. Days- 13-14-15-April-2015.

Day-13-24hr,Run=86NM. Weather: Wind SSE-SSW 5-14kts. Seas: 3-ft. from the south.
Position: Lat. 01*44’N Long. 81* 25’W.

Day-14-24hr. Run=115NM. Weather: Wind: S to SSW. 8-15kts. Seas-South at 4ft.
Position: lat. 00*15’N Long. 080*40’W.

Day-15-10hr. Run=42NM. Wind from South to SW 8-10kts. Seas less than 3′ from the South.
Position; Anchor down at Cabo Pasado Anchorage fifteen miles north of destination. Lat.00*21’S Long. 80*28’W.
Anchored for the night as the protection here is better than off Bahia Caraquez.

Top speed so far=9.3kts.

Distance sailed so far=1373NM.

Distance to go 15NM.

The Rest of the Story:

Day-13.

Debbie and I think we have finally sailed clear of the caldron where all the Hurricanes that pound Hawaii and the Mexican coast are brewed up during Hurricane season. This our third trip through the area and has been the lightest most inconsistent winds we have ever experienced. We think this must be the result of it being an El Nino year.
I also made my second “sv Freedom” bread using all beer and no water and cut the salt to ½ a teaspoon and the bread was totally “yummy”.
I also appreciate the many food tips that are coming in as they are very helpful for planning an extended stay at sea.

Day-14.

We sailed along with a nice light breeze throughout the day encountering at least 6-long liner fisherman operating out of panga’s out here 80 miles off shore. We had one with 3 men aboard pull up alongside, as he was concerned that we were sailing towards his long line that was stretched across our path. Debbie explained to him that we had a full keel with nothing that would catch on his long line and that it would simply go smoothly under our boat. The three men in the panga watched as we smoothly skimmed over their long line and seemed pleased as they fell off and went about their work.

PANGA FISHERMEN APPROACHING SAILORS RUN 80 MILES OFF OF COLOMBIA

PANGA FISHERMEN
APPROACHING SAILORS RUN 80 MILES OFF OF COLOMBIA

Day-15.

This day is an eventful day as at 2 pm Debbie & I crossed the Equator for our 11th time :

I suppose when you sail 85,000 miles out on these oceans,as we have your bound to have to cross the equator many times

It is exciting to get ready for this event as the time clicks off on the GPS,we had our message in a bottle and we pulled out our Best Tequila to give to King Neptune for a safe passage as well as some good wind.

At exactly 00’00.00 we took the tequila bottle poured plenty into the sea ,thanked King Neptune and then we both had tequila shots and threw our message in the bottle. What was amazing as we prepared to do all this many Dolphins arrived for the ceremony,they were 7ft long,grey with black spots and were jumping all around the boat, as if they knew this event was happening. They were beautiful and brought tears to our eyes and we took many pictures for our blog,so you all will be able to share the event in a few days

AIS SHOWS OUR EQUATOR CROSSING FOR THE 11TH TIME

AIS SHOWS OUR EQUATOR CROSSING FOR THE 11TH TIME

DEBBIE READY TO THROW MESSAGE IN THE BOTTLE OVERBOARD

DEBBIE READY TO THROW MESSAGE IN THE BOTTLE OVERBOARD

GIVING KING NEPTUNE HIS SHARE OF TEQUILA FOR SAFE PASSAGE IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

GIVING KING NEPTUNE HIS SHARE OF TEQUILA FOR SAFE PASSAGE IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

NOT ONLY DOES KING NEPTUNE GET TEQUILA BUT THE SKIPPER AS WELL

NOT ONLY DOES KING NEPTUNE GET TEQUILA BUT THE SKIPPER AS WELL

THE DOLPHINS THAT MYSTERIOUSLY COME TO JOIN IN OUR CELEBRATION OF OUR EQUATOR CROSSING

THE DOLPHINS THAT MYSTERIOUSLY COME TO JOIN IN OUR CELEBRATION OF OUR EQUATOR CROSSING

About the message in the bottle for the 11th time,in all the times we have thrown our messages, only 1 bottle was found. We had crossed the equator for the very first time in 2001 sailing to the Marquesas, after our bottle had bobbed around for 17 months it arrived at Savaii Island, Western Samoa 2002. A gentleman from Auckland, New Zealand was swimming behind the reef by his hotel and the bottle popped up into his hand. He found the note and wrote to our email and said when we get to New Zealand to look him up. What was amazing when he contacted us we were anchored on the next island from him at Apia, Western Samoa. So needless to say our bottle was 40 miles ahead of us. We tried to call the gentleman but we were not able to hook up while in New Zealand, but we know now that messages in a bottle are found

We now have this passage down to the short hairs and with just 50 miles to go and the winds light out of the SW we are able to sail the course.

We had to schedule our pilot for Friday the 17th as we were unsure of when we could get there so played it safe. As night was approaching we decided to anchor at Cabo Pasado for the night to get a good night’s sleep in a more protected anchorage allowing lots of time the next morning to sail down to Bahia Caraquez for our 3pm bar crossing.

The bar crossing is very challenging and requires a pilot that you pay 30-dollars for; a truly good investment for safety sake. We will let you know how this goes with a final installment to this adventure to come in a couple of days.

Happy to be here ,Your Amigos -Jeff & Debbie

P.S APRIL 17TH, FRIDAY WILL BE MY 69TH BIRTHDAY AND MY BEST PRESENT EVER IS DOING WHAT I LOVE-SAILING

I also share my Birthday Day with 4 other friends a Anniversary as well

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO: SHERRI ON SV REFLECTIONS, CLIFF ON SV ICICLE, LESTER FROM HAWAII AND JOHN PIERRE IN ISLA ROATAN.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO OUR NIECE & HER HUSBAND- MATT AND JESSICA

Sailors Run’s Passage from Mexico to Ecuador. Days-10 11-12. April 2015.

Sailors Run’s Passage from Mexico to Ecuador. Days-10 11-12. April 2015.

Day-10-24hr. Run=61NM. Weather: Wind 0-10kts.SSE. Seas 3-ft from the South. Temperature 87-94*.
Position: Lat. 04*36’N Long.84*25’W.

Day-11-24hr. Run=91NM. Weather: Wind 0-14kts. All directions. Temp.85-90*.
Position: Lat.03*54’N Long.83*11’W.

Day-12-24hr.Run=92NM. Weather: Wind 7-25kts with some higher gusts going from SSE to NE then back to SSW. Temperature 84*-87*

Position: Lat.02*45’N Long.83*20’W

Top speed so far 9.3kts.

Distance sailed so far= 1074NM.

Distance left to go=226NM.

The Rest of the Story

Day=10:

Today was a very rainy one with little wind to report. We fired up the diesel and just putted along at times to maintain steerage.
The really good thing about today is I tried out David & Aliason’s Bread recipe,that they suggested would be easy for my trip and whom are our friends off the yacht Freedom.
This is a stove top recipe that is quick and simple; it also includes beer as part of the catalyst.

Basically you mix 1.5 cups of flour -1 teaspoon salt, ¼ tsp. yeast,mix all together than add 5 tablespoons beer and 4 tablespoons of water. Knead bread lightly put in covered bowl overnight.
Next day lightly knead bread and place in frying pan with 1 tablespoon of oil in it; flip bread over so both sides have oil on them and leave to rise for 1-2 hrs. Next turn burner to high heat for a minute then to low heat for 5-7 minutes, when bread is lightly browned flip over for 5-7 minutes. Be sure the pan is covered when baking.

Mine turned out a little salty so less salt next time, yet this bread was a lot better than the other breads we have on board and I am now considered on Sailors run a great bread maker,thanks to sv freedom

MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT SV FREEDOM'S  STOVETOP BREAD RECIPE, YUMMY!

MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT SV FREEDOM’S STOVETOP BREAD RECIPE, YUMMY!

 

Day-11:

This day began with large squalls in our general vicinity that were kicking up 3-ft. wind waves from opposing directions not to mention the already 3ft. swell running out of the south. This combination created some of the most uncomfortable conditions to try and sail in that Debbie and I have ever encountered. Sailors Run does not normally hobby horse but on this day she was a “Bucking Champion”.
It was after 3-hours of bucking Debbie & I were totally frustrated as we had ever been on a passage together. The winds were light and we were forced to tap our remaining twenty gallons of fuel once again to maintain steerage as we bashed into square waves for another 3-hours, before the seas settled down and the winds filled in from the SSW and we were off on a most appreciated wondrous sail.

Day-12:

The winds remained steady and it appeared a great day of sailing was in order. It was when Debbie and I were playing our daily card game below decks when the sky darkened and it appeared night fall was coming about 3-hrs. early!
Once we were up on deck it was obvious that we were being overran by a huge squall about 20-miles in length. This squall looked very threatening and we watched intently for any signs of waterspout development. Another strange thing about this weather was that it was coming in against the prevailing winds.

We fired the diesel and tried to out run the system as we appeared to be near one end of it. After just short of 10-minutes, the first gusts of wind from the opposite direction were hitting us and I hurried to furl the head sail all the way in, and even with having done that we still charged along with just main and reefed mizzen at 7-knots.
The squall lasted for over two hours and at one point the wind and rain were so intense that it appeared like a white squall as it came upon us but in the end the wind was 30kts or less and the rain just gave us another thorough cleansing.

SAILORS RUN JUST BEFORE BEING OVERTAKEN BY A HUGE SQUALL AND 180' WIND SHIFT

SAILORS RUN JUST BEFORE BEING OVERTAKEN BY A HUGE SQUALL AND 180′ WIND SHIFT

We are hoping to get into Bahia Caraquez,Ecuador on Thursday if we can just find the wind.

I thought I should mention that on my upcoming “World Record Attempt” at rounding the world nonstop, solo, via the 5-great southern Capes, I will be doing everything to document it including carrying a spot locator, documenting the start and finish as well as entering the northern hemisphere just above Bahia Caraquez before diving south towards Cape Horn going West to East around.

I know Dodge Morgan from the USA did it in a 60 footer in 150 days. If my dreams come true I will do it in Sailors Run my forty footer in 150-days or possibly considerably longer.

What I really would like to know is how many Americans have done it and on what size boat?

I’m pretty sure I will set the record for the Baba 40-Ketch as I believe there are only two of them and the other one isn’t going yet. I will also be 69 years old when I start out and possibly 70 by the time I get back.

Please let me know anything you know about prior US, solo, nonstop circumnavigators south of the 5-great Capes?

Your Amigos, Jeff & Debbie -Still anxiously Hanging in there

Sailor’s Runs Mexico to Ecuador Passage-Days-7-8-9-April-2015.

Sailor’s Runs Mexico to Ecuador Passage-Days-7-8-9-April-2015.

Day-7: 24hr. Run=67 NM. Weather: Light winds from the South 0-8kts. Seas: Low 3ft. swell from the south.
Position: Lat: 06*10’N Long:86*23’W.

Day-8: 24hr. Run=44 NM. Weather: Light Winds from North East 0-8knts. Low 3ft. swell from South.
Position: Lat: 05*42N Long: 85*49’W.

Day-9:24hr. Run=63 NM. Weather: Light winds from South East 0-10kts. Seas: Low swell 2ft. from the South. Position: Lat: 05*17’N Long: 85*08’W

Top speed for trip: 9.3 kts.

Total miles sailed so far: 830 nautical miles

Miles left to go to Ecuador:447 nautical miles

The rest of the Story:

Day-7   was yet another day of light winds that truly tested our patience as sailors. The light and fluky winds are even more elusive for us, considering our wind-X at the top of the mast [A big arrow that points in the direction the wind is coming from.] is no longer operational thanks to frigate birds in Acapulco that took up roosting on it at night. I have tied yarn onto many of the shrouds holding the mast up to be able to see what the wind direction is and that works well in the daylight, but at night they become almost invisible, because the only yarn I had was “black”.

This trip is to be my last shake down passage before the trip around the world, and I had planned on looking for things that could be changed to make things safer and easier for a single handler. The one thing that has become all too obvious is that since I’m sailing unassisted around the world meaning “no engine” that my weather routing that I intend to do myself is going to have to be spot on to accomplish this passage in 5-6 months, as the old Sailors Run needs 7 knots of breeze to sail effectively against adverse currents, and to actually avoid getting caught in the center of a high pressure system somewhere.

Just to keep things interesting our refrigeration system has died on us, and Debbie had to cook up all the meat in the freezer and now we must keep making ice twice a day with our ice maker that “thank God”! we have to keep the meat from spoiling until we can eat it all up. We were disappointed that the system failed as it is only 4-years old and it seems the pump is froze up and our last system made by the same company lasted 11-years in the same harsh environment. I had a spare control model and swapped that out, and nothing changed as it is still flashing a red light three times in a row meaning problems with the compressor. We will find out what they can come up with in Ecuador before attempting to get a replacement unit sent down.

Day-8 Finds us drift sailing along, and thank God the current is with us at about one half of a knot so at least we continually move towards our destination. Today was a very relaxing day as I think there is little left that will likely fail on this passage. The winds can’t diminish much more as they are practically nonexistent at present.
Debbie and I played BA-HA Rummy a card game and I actually beat her twice in a row something that seldom ever happens. So that was eventful

Day-9 things have become more difficult as the winds have decided to blow from the direction we want to go, and also the current that was once with us is now against us, all part of that equatorial current scheme of things. Now if the wind is less than 4 -knots, we can no longer move towards our destination under sail and with our fuel down to the last 20-gallons we are praying the wind Gods will smile upon us and keep that wind up in the 10kt range.

Debbie redeemed herself at rummy, handing me a severe loss on this day.

Reporting on the vessel that I mentioned last time: Sv Nirvana Now, with Randy & Mona was scuttled . It had lost its rudder and makeshift rudder as well as it’s forestay due to wave action. They were ¾ of the way to Hiva Oha,Marquesas. The crew was picked up by another vessel SV Continuum and are now heading to the French Polynesia. The 203 ft schooner came as well to rescue them, but decided to just stay on the vessel that rescued them. The couple is well known thru out the sailing community and we all are very sad for their loss, but thankful they are safe

I’m so happy to report that it appears the foul weather gear issue has been resolved in a wonderful way. Our good friends Brent and Susan off the boat SV Akauahelo ,that we did the BA-HA-HA with back in 1999 are donating a set that Brent has never used and realizes a friend can put them to good use.

“Thanks Brent & Susan you’re the best”.

Hanging in there sailing the “Rum” line, Your amigos ,Jeff& Debbie

Sailors Run’s Passage from Chiapas,Mexico to Bahia Caraquez,Ecuador. Days-4-5-6, April 2015.

Sailors Run’s Passage from Chiapas,Mexico to Bahia Caraquez,Ecuador. Days-4-5-6, April 2015.

Day-4-24hr. Run= 147 NM. Weather, wind- ESE 15-25kts. Seas 8-10ft. Cabin temp 78*-91*.

Day-5-24hr. Run=136 NM. Weather, wind- ENE 5-15kts. Seas 5-6ft.Cabin temp 78*-88*.

Day-6-2hr.Run=63NM. Weather-Wind -0-12kts. Seas 3ft. Swell from the South. Cabin Temp,-88*-95*

Top speed for the trip so far=9.3kts.

Total distance sailed so far=676NM.

The Rest of the story:

Day -4 Brought us our strongest winds and sea conditions so far, and consequently our best mileage day so far as well. We were joined by hundreds of spinner dolphins that were putting on quite a show for us in the turbulent seas that surrounded us aboard Sailors Run as we were reefing the main. The night time temperatures are much lower now dropping to 78* at night.

SAILORS RUN FLANKED BY MANY DOLPHIN

SAILORS RUN FLANKED BY MANY DOLPHIN

 

Day-5 The winds dropped down a bit and we had our nicest sail of the passage so far. A couple of interesting things happened on this day; one was a swallow that kept trying to land on our boat that finally came to roost under the dodger on my tennis shoe. The swallow looked totally exhausted and had no problem with me holding a cap full of water up to him so he could have a drink; I was surprised when he declined my offer as it seemed that possibly he needed something much stronger. Soon the bird had ruffled up his plumage and was sound asleep, seeming never to be the slightest bit concerned as Debbie and I passed within twelve inches of him every time we entered or exited the boat.

OUR SPECIAL GUEST FOR THE EVENING AT SEA ON DE BOAT

OUR SPECIAL GUEST FOR THE EVENING AT SEA ON DE BOAT

The next day I noticed the swallow looked much more alert and had straightened out his plumage and was obviously readying his self for flight. I gathered up a larger bowl of water that he once more declined and then without so much as a peep he flew out from under the dodger on a bee-line for China not even doing a fly-by or appearing to look back. I can only hope he can refuel in flight or finds a freighter heading his way before he drops from the sky.

The second interesting thing was our encounter with a huge ship during the night. We now have AIS.(A collision avoidance system on board] The AIS shows all vessels that have an AIS transmitter and gives there course speed and usually the name of the ship and how close it will come to you, as well as its size and in some cases its destination,
Debbie spotted the ship 37-miles out and noted that our courses were converging and alerted me. I was not very concerned as he was far away and would see that I was under sail. I became a little more concerned when at 10-miles he was still bearing down on Sailors Run. When he was at 6-miles and still bearing down on us I put out a” Security, Security” call stating the name of our vessel, our position course and speed. I also stated his position course and speed and explained that we needed to talk, but I had no ships name.
After about 3-calls like this suddenly lots more info about the ship shows on the AIS including the name. So I transmit the fourth call calling Glory-One and at last there is an answer. The person running the ship asks how he can help? I say can you see us and what are your intentions are? He assures me that he will stay clear of me and asks if I want to pass port to port or starboard to starboard, I choose Port to Port as that makes it easy for me to fall off the wind a little helping us to clear each other.
I thanked him and was much relived when I seen him alter course a few degrees to give us a miss as Debbie really wasn’t really in the mood for company or abandoning ship!

Day-6  found us becalmed and motoring for awhile during the day. I had had an encounter with a pair of “Boobies” on our first day out and not only were they showing up frequently but now 5-days later I was still not comfortable about the way they had affected my serenity, and the love of sailing, but also conditions were right to once again assume the position and shake the tangle out of my baggy wrinkle.
Did I mention the pair of “Boobies” were a couple of sea birds that were trying to land on my spreaders and when one did, I took the spinnaker halyard and gave him a snap on the rear end that set him immediately into flight. I thought I had won until the slack in the halyard went out past the spreaders and took a double wrap around two of my “baggy wrinkles” above the spreader and locked itself into the stay. “Shit”.!!

 

THIS BOOBIE BIRD DECIDED TO TAKE UP RESIDENCE ONBOARD THIS GREENBACK TURTLE RATHER THAN  ENDURE THE HARASSMENT HE RECEIVE'S ABOARD SAILORS RUN

THIS BOOBIE BIRD DECIDED TO TAKE UP RESIDENCE ONBOARD THIS GREENBACK TURTLE RATHER THAN ENDURE THE HARASSMENT HE RECEIVE’S ABOARD SAILORS RUN

Now on day six Debbie hoisted me up the mast in rolling seas to free the entangled halyard using the anchor winch to hoist me up. Soon the halyard was cleared and we would be able to hoist the much needed spinnaker on that side of the boat.
I made out with just a few bruises and looked very much forward to an ice cold drink to quench my thirst. Deb got some great pictures as well which we will put on the blog later

BAGGY WRINKLES ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THERE CRACKED UP TO BE

BAGGY WRINKLES ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THERE CRACKED UP TO BE

We hoisted the spinnaker and ran it through the night in the weakest of winds doing from 0.7kts to 4kts. Debbie showed her spinnaker trimming skills as she babysat the spinnaker tightening and slacking it as need be, just to try and get it to fill, after three hours of that you are definitely ready to be spelled from watch,as your neck hurts from looking up for hrs.

It is truly wonderful to have our SSB Radio to communicate everyday our position, etc to Nets that can hear us as far away as Puerto Vallarta,Panama, Hawaii as well as chat with our sailing friends for conversation.
We also heard that a sailing vessel sailing to the South Pacific 1,000 miles out had lost its forestay, and had sent out a Mayday, they have put out there sea anchor to keep them in place and now there is a sailing schooner 203 ft called Althos of London to rescue them, we heard everyone on board is doing fine, and were hoping that somehow the boat can get fixed to continue their journey

I thought of something else that someone might be able to help me find. I’m looking for some good foul weather gear for my upcoming Round the World Voyage and it seems like the cheapest decent stuff I see out there costs about 600 dollars on up. It would seem there must be a web site somewhere that sells decent gear for less; any info would be greatly appreciated. “Thanks”

You’re Amigos,(on a Slow Boat to Ecuador)-Jeff & Debbie

Sailors Run’s Passage from Chiapas,Mexico to Bahia Caraquez,Ecuador April-2015.

BEAUTIFUL EVENING AT SEA

BEAUTIFUL EVENING AT SEA

Sailors Run’s Passage from Chiapas,Mexico to Bahia Caraquez,Ecuador April-2015.

The Statistics:

Day-1-24hr-run=127 nautical miles.

Position: Lat.13*12″N Long.91*24W

Weather-winds 5-12 kts when there was any,squalls with rain and lightning several times over night,but little wind in squalls. We had to motor for 5.5 hrs.

Day-2-24hr. run=108NM.

Position: Lat. 11*59″N Long. 90*41″W

Weather -winds 5-12kts. Motored for 8-hrs.

Day-3-24hr. run=95 NM.

Position: Lat 10*33″N Long. 90*13 W.

Winds were steadier from east but still light 5-10kts, with the exception of one large 20kts squall in the early morning. We motored for about 2 hrs.

The rest of the story:

This passage from Mexico to Ecuador is about 1200 Nautical Miles. [7-Nautical miles = 8 Statute miles]. Debbie and I try to sail as much as possible but if the winds die completely, and there is a swell running that causes the boat to roll from side to side and the sails to flog, we fire up the iron jenny [engine] and power at a very low 1400 rpm, normally making close to 4-kts.

Day-1 Debbie and I seen the very large 200- foot-3-masted schooner “Atlantic” motoring to the North along the El Salvador coast. We also noticed our wind generator has stopped spinning in winds of less than 12kts. I have new bearings for it and had planned to install them in Ecuador, as they are 6 years old and should be replaced about every 5-years of continues use. Debbie enjoyed the sailing all but the squalls and the nearly full moon was with us through the night.

Day-2 Finds Sailors Run motoring along for nearly 18-hrs on glassy seas under a bright full moon. Our 54hp Yanmar burns only ½ gallon an hour at 1400 RPM,this is important as Sailors Run’s fuel tank had but 40 usable gallons left in her 80-gallon tank upon departure. Debbie and I never worry about how much fuel we have, because we never burn more than what is in the tank, and with just 1200+ miles to go we should arrive with at least 20 gallons left in the tank. It’s important to know that our sails represent a vast amount of fuel for Sailors Run. I should also mention on my upcoming solo nonstop sail around the world I plan to do it unassisted, meaning that the wind will be my sole source of propulsion.
Deb and I enjoyed the total eclipse of the moon that came as a total surprise and happened in the early morning hours 3-5AM.

Day-3 Got real exciting when a large squall moved down upon us and we had full sail up. I went to furl the genoa in about half way. I tugged at the furler line to take the slack out of it before putting it on the winch, it was then that I realized something was very wrong as the line never became taught and just kept coming to me. A quick trip forward brought to light the problem. I looked on in disbelief that all three screws from the torque tube on the drum connection were gone.

I scurried back to the cockpit as the squall engulfed us, there was little I could do but slack the sheets and run off in front of it. The winds were about 20 kts and we charged off before them at a very uncomfortable 9.3kts. Soon the strongest winds had passed and we were able to steer clear of it after about 30-minutes.
I dug up three more screws and some lock tight and replaced them and the furler was back working once again. Those screws are now on my regular rigging inspection list.

So far the passage is going a little slower than expected, but hopefully day four will find us in the papagayo winds and blast us along.
HAPPY EASTER- Your Amigos, Jeff & Debbie

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SAILORSRUN SAY’S GOODBYE TO MEXICO-APRIL 2015

Sailors Run Says Goodbye to Mexico /April 2015.

After nearly a year and a half it’s now time to leave beautiful Mexico’s great anchorages, the great food and fine friendly people. Our stop in Acapulco has been a great experience, as we found a mooring ball for $200 pesos a night, about 13-dollars.

Gerry Jugging fuel needing 20 gallons of diesel in Acapulco,Mex

Gerry Jugging fuel needing 20 gallons of diesel in Acapulco,Mex

The moorings are sometimes better than the boats in Acapulco

The moorings are sometimes better than the boats in Acapulco

 

Debbie enjoying the beach's of Acapulco

Debbie enjoying the beach’s of Acapulco

One of the Beach's in Acapulco,with friendly family faces,good food enjoying the sun as I did too

One of the Beach’s in Acapulco,with friendly family faces,good food enjoying the sun as I did too

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The buse's in Acapulco are painted up with kid's cartoon characters' really beautifully done, Were pretty sure the driver can see out!

The buse’s in Acapulco are painted up with kid’s cartoon characters’ really beautifully done,
Were pretty sure the driver can see out!

We had to go watch the famous “cliff divers” and as before they were amazing, leaping off the cliffs called La Quebrada over 100 feet above a narrow shallow gash in the rocks where perfect timing is the difference between life and death. The feature diver did a back flip off the 100+ foot ledge narrowly missing the jagged protruding rocks that jut out below him. His entry was feet first and very clean we gave him a 10+ on that one.

Debbie and 2 of the famous Cliff Diver's in Acapulco that put on amazing show and where many famous people have come to see them for many years

Debbie and 2 of the famous Cliff Diver’s in Acapulco that put on amazing show and where many famous people have come to see them for many years

 

Names of the people famous people for yrs have come to see the cliff diver's such as roy roger's-johnny weissmuler-liz taylor-frank sinatra etc

Names of the people famous people for yrs have come to see the cliff diver’s such as
roy roger’s-johnny weissmuler-liz taylor-frank sinatra etc

 

We got involved, glady in trying to arrange a tow for a disabled sail boat that had lost its motor and was 300 miles off shore, with no wind and drifting farther out to sea. The boat was finally able to get closer by sailing and was soon only 105 miles off shore, and still wanted a tow. The guy we found offered to come tow them for $10,000-dollars. The sailors declined this offer then counter offered to pay $7,000.00 dollars but that was not accepted by the tow’ers.
After much encouragement by several sailors including Sailors Run they eventually sailed within twenty miles of the coast and it was at that point I suggested they put the dinghy in the water and use their 15hp out board lashed to the side of the boat a forty seven foot Vagabond to propel them toward Hualtuco . They were able to move seven miles at two knots where they were taken in tow by another cruising boat that with both the dinghy and the other boat they were now able to move at over 3-knots toward’s their destination at Chahue marina where they could get repairs for their fuel injection pump.
Debbie and I met them outside the marina in our dinghy as we had sailed down from Acapulco and were anchored near the entrance to the Marina. We basically acted as a tug boat pushing the bow this way and that to help guide them to a safe landing inside the marina.
We all get by with a little help from our friends and these folks were very appreciative of all the help they had after haven been out to see for 38 days

Sailing Vessel Vagabond under power from their dinghy,lashed on port side

Sailing Vessel Vagabond under power from their dinghy,lashed on port side

Ron owner of Vagabond who is the auxillary power man

Ron owner of Vagabond who is the auxillary power man

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Jeff on tug boat partol

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After 38 days at sea Ron and Heather safely at Marina Chahue,the smiles say it all

YEP!! THEY ARE KISSING THE GROUND :)

YEP!! THEY ARE KISSING THE GROUND 🙂

WITH ALL THE BOATERS WHO HELPED SUNDANCER WE CELEBRATED ON SAILORS RUN

WITH ALL THE BOATERS WHO HELPED SUNDANCER WE CELEBRATED ON SAILORS RUN

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More of the celebration on Sailors run in Huatulco,Mexico

 

After several days of celebrating with the rescued and rescuers we sailed across the Tehuantepec, a potentially dangerous body of water. The sail is about 220 miles to Puerto Madero the last port in Mexico near the border of Guatemala. This time of year passage across is not a problem as the weather predictions are quite accurate and this time of year there are less big winds. We only had 10.5 hrs of sailing and the rest required motoring on glassy seas. There were hump back whales and hundreds of sting rays leaping into the air along our route. The large green back turtles abound here and are like speed bumps that you try to avoid. We also encountered several long liners that are no threat to us as our long keel just pushes them down out of the way and they skim along the bottom of the keel to pop up astern once we have crossed over them.

AMAZING THAT WE GOT THE TAIL END OF THIS HUMPBACK WHALE AFTER IT CROSSED OUR BOW THEN DOVE DOWN

AMAZING THAT WE GOT THE TAIL END OF THIS HUMPBACK WHALE AFTER IT CROSSED OUR BOW THEN DOVE DOWN

Bought new sheet line to get it ready for our parachute sea anchor

Bought new sheet line to get it ready for our parachute sea anchor

Marina Chiapas welcomed us in and the very next day we hauled the boat out of the water. We painted our own bottom and installed a separate thru hull fitting for the water maker. We will put the boat back today March 30th after just 3-days out of the water and once our income tax is completed we will set sail for Bahia Caraquez, Ecuador. We hope to arrive there in about two weeks, that being the middle of April sometime.

Our arrival at Marina Chiapas /Puerto Madero  Mexico

Our arrival at Marina Chiapas /Puerto Madero
Mexico

Sailors Run being hauled out,wow she definitely needs a make over!!

Sailors Run being hauled out,wow she definitely needs a make over!!

 

How' that for a wild under body job?

How’ that for a wild under body job?

All pressure washed, sanded and ready for some new paint, 2 coats will do her just fine

All pressure washed, sanded and ready for some new paint, 2 coats will do her just fine

NOW DOESN'T THAT LOOK BETTER?

NOW DOESN’T THAT LOOK BETTER?

Debbie does her final scraping getting those last critters off

Debbie does her final scraping getting those last critters off

Painting the hull is definitely a BLUE JOB where Debbie prefers the PINK JOBS

Painting the hull is definitely a BLUE JOB where Debbie prefers the PINK JOBS

I’m down to 7-months before the start of my solo nonstop around the world south of the 5-great capes.

As you can imagine not a day goes by that I do not put some thought into the preparation for that great adventure. Most recently I acquired an additional 150- feet of ¾ inch 3-strand nylon to get my Parachute anchor road back up to a useable length, well over 5 times the length of my boat. The Parachute anchor is a last resort to try and survive a huge storm at sea. If I’m ever likely to need it, that time will be on this upcoming circumnavigation.

One of my biggest concerns is provisioning for 6-months and what will last and be also appetizing day after day along the way. Cooking will be difficult at times and other times there will be some calmer conditions where if I feel like it I can put on my Jeff’s, hat or is that “Chefs Hat”. Debbie and I are pretty used to doing this yet when you are tired it would really be nice to have some “trick meals” in my bag.

So PLEASE feel free to give us some tips on what you have found that really works well for long passages, when you just need something special to lift your “spirits” a little?

If you feel the need to send a recipe, send recipes to our sailorsrun01@yahoo.com

Putting to sea, Your Amigos- Jeff& Debbie

 

 

Sailors Run reporting in from Santiago Bay/Manzanillo, Mexico. 2/26/15

                    Sailors Run reporting in from Santiago Bay/Manzanillo, Mexico. 2/26/15.

           “What a Life”, we are pretty sure it doesn’t get much better than what we have been experiencing lately. The weather has been perfect; the Beach here in Santiago/Manzanillo has lots to offer, not only is it 3 -miles long with most of it lined with great Palapas and restaurants.

         We also have David Weber singing twice a week at the Oasis bar on the beach. David Weber is not only one of the best singers around but is also a top Elvis Presley Impersonator. Oh yes, and Debbie loves singing with him when allowed by the Owner of the restaurant, whom at times seems very unreasonable and confused.


       We have been very fortunate this year as we have had the honor of spending time with a great bunch of  cruisers, not to mention being able to meet old friends that have traveled here by other means and rented Penthouses, where we have had the pleasure of enjoying that life style as well.


          Debbie’s birthday was a blast, celebrated at our favorite Palapa “Ramada La Jaiva”. It was truly heartwarming to watch the anchorage fill up as our friends arrived from other places to join in the festivities. There were more than 25 people in attendance and you can bet they had fun as Debbie was ready to dance sing and party along with anyone that cared to join in. The Palapa went all out decorating the tables with their best linens and myself along with David and Alison off the boat Freedom, spent our morning decorating blowing up balloons and hanging, Happy Birthday greetings all over the tables and umbrellas. Debbie was very touched by her many great friends that showed up.

 

We also took a bus trip with friends John & Dee to the town  of Colima and Comala where the Famous Volcano has been blowing up & spewing almost everyday,it was a site to see.

 


      The preparation for the circumnavigation is coming along fine; most recently Debbie has made me a new bean bag chair for my comfort in the cockpit while underway. It is somewhat unusual as the seat part is separated by a seam between it and the back part, “Works Great”  We have determined that the Mizzen sail must be replaced as it has started to show its age after 7-years of heavy sailing and it is the first sail to go up on our boat and the last one to come down.

I have eight more months before the journey begins.


  In a couple of days we will start working south with stops at Isla Grande, Acapulco, Huatulco, and then Puerto Madero for hauling out and paint on the first of April.


  Debbie will be posting photos to the blog www.sailorsrun.com


   We love to hear from you,           Your Amigos,  Jeff &Debbie

Bahia Santiago with Manzanillo in the back ground and La Boquita in the forefront with all the Palapas & where we can bring our dinghy into shore from the boat

Bahia Santiago with Manzanillo in the back ground and La Boquita in the forefront with all the Palapas & where we can bring our dinghy into shore from the boat

 

Alofty view from the drug lords house on top of the mountain overlooking Santiago

Alofty view from the drug lords house on top of the mountain overlooking Santiago

Jeff enjoying his beers,  sand,sun & just hanging out at our favorite palapa La Jaiba

Jeff enjoying his beers, sand,sun & just hanging out at our favorite palapa La Jaiba

At her favorite palapa La Jaiba on the beach at La Boquita/santiago

At her favorite palapa La Jaiba on the beach at La Boquita/santiago

 

David Weber aka ELVIS preforming and doing his fantastic show for us all

David Weber aka ELVIS preforming and doing his fantastic show for us all

 

Us and David "Elvis" Weber before his performance

Us and David “Elvis” Weber before his performance

Debbie's 63rd yr party with her cake awaiting here guests

Debbie’s 63rd yr party with her cake awaiting here guests

 

The wonderful birthday balloons given to my by the owner of the palapa  Jacqueline of the Ramada La Jaiba & our waiter,GRACIAS :)

The wonderful birthday balloons given to my by the owner of the palapa
Jacqueline of the
Ramada La Jaiba & our waiter,GRACIAS 🙂

 

At Debbie's birhday party with everyone having a great time

At Debbie’s birthday party with everyone having a great time

 

Jeff,John and Dee with the volcano behind them that has just erupted showing its huge plume of ash

Jeff,John and Dee with the volcano behind them that has just erupted showing its huge plume of ash

 

Seeing the volcano erupting from the boat at anchorage in Bahia Santiago

Seeing the volcano erupting from the boat at anchorage in Bahia Santiago

 

The New Bean Bag designed just for Jeff for his big trip to be comfy

The New Bean Bag designed just for Jeff for his big trip to be comfy

 

AHH IT FITS JUST RIGHT!!

AHH IT FITS JUST RIGHT!!

 

 

 

BARRA DE NAVIDAD-2015

Christmas came and went, along with many great social gatherings with friends and sailors from all parts of the world. The tree trimming party was truly special at Russell and Lorie’s in La Cruz, where the cruising community and many land lubbers all joined in the Christmas spirit and cheer that was most abundant on that special occasion.

Like usual Sailors Run’s, time was brief in Puerto Vallarta, and this time it was Debbie’s broken tooth that hastened our departure to Barra De Navidad where our favorite dentist’s place is close by in Melaque.

This is the season of parties; here in Barra cruisers had put together a Christmas Potluck/white elephant gift exchange party, where Debbie was picked to be the head Elf. The food was great as well as the interesting gifts,all fighting for some of the good ones.

We then had a great New Years Eve out on the town, where we traipsed around Barra, dancing everywhere they had music, and drinking everyplace they served drinks. Wow! how the night gets away when you are having fun. The water taxi poured us back aboard the old Sailors Run sometime after 3am, where our V-birth was a most welcome sight. “What’s life without some fun!”????

Here in Barra, the Lagoon is peaceful and a great place to repaint the bright work and Debbie has busted out the sewing machine and is making fender covers for our eight fenders.
It is also football season and the playoffs are here once again and not so amazingly the” Sea Hawks” are right in the thick of it. Debbie is an amazing “Sea Hawks” fan and we watch all the games at Los Arcos a nice little family restaurant with a big TV.

It will be February before we get moving further to the south, and for me, I’m starting to have flash backs of my “Cape Horn” trip, and spend more and more time thinking about the upcoming solo circumnavigation, and what is yet left to be done before November first. The biggest items are the haul out in Puerto Madero to paint the bottom in early April, and getting a new furnace on the boat for reliable heat once in awhile while cruising in the Southern Ocean. The other big thing is the provisioning for a 5-6 month voyage, and acquiring some quality foul weather gear, and lots of warm undergarments.

I’m truly thankful for having an understanding wife like Debbie and lots of great friends and acquaintances that are supportive in this upcoming adventure. Our book sales of my “Cape Horn” book have gone along ways to helping us fund the dream.

I also wrote a recent article for 48* North a Northwest sailing magazine, it can be read in the January addition and is titled “Smoke on Green Water”. Check it out. At WWW.48’NORTH.COM

Debbie with the crew on Sv Calou-Bruce,Pascal & Antoine

Debbie with the crew on Sv Calou-Bruce,Pascal & Antoine

Philo from Philo's bar in La Cruz kicking back at the Christmas party

Philo from Philo’s bar in La Cruz kicking back at the Christmas party

Jeff at Christmas party with crew from Elan

Jeff at Christmas party with crew from Elan

The Five Debbie's at the Christmas Party

The Five Debbie’s at the Christmas Party

Debbie singing a beautiful Christmas song

Debbie singing a beautiful Christmas song

Lori & Debbie swapping out dresses :)

Lori & Debbie swapping out dresses 🙂

Debbie,The Elf with Bruce & Jim at cruisers Christmas party

Debbie,The Elf with Bruce & Jim at cruisers Christmas party

Cruiser's White Elephant gift exchange in Barra

Cruiser’s White Elephant gift exchange in Barra

Debbie on Sailors Run ready to do New Year's  Eve in Barra de Navidad

Debbie on Sailors Run ready to do New Year’s
Eve in Barra de Navidad

The Skipper & his mate heading out for New Yr's eve fiesta

The Skipper & his mate heading out for New Yr’s eve fiesta

Friend Paul & me enjoying New Yr's eve

Friend Paul & me enjoying New Yr’s eve

Debbie & friend Carol enjoying New Yr's eve  night

Debbie & friend Carol enjoying New Yr’s eve
night

The beach by the Barra golf course "Nice"

The beach by the Barra golf course “Nice”

The hiker gals-deb & carol at barra beach

The hiker gals-deb & carol at barra beach

If we ever were to give up the boat our house might look like this

If we ever were to give up the boat our house might look like this

Maybe Debbie would want a house like this? The Grand Bay Golf course club restaurant

Maybe Debbie would want a house like this?
The Grand Bay Golf course club restaurant

Sailors Run bright work getting a new coat of paint while anchored in Barra lagoon

Sailors Run bright work getting a new coat of paint while anchored in Barra lagoon

Debbie with new hatch cover she sewed for friends paul & carol

Debbie with new hatch cover she sewed for friends paul & carol

Deb in process of making 8 new fender covers for Sailors Run Fabric is of fleece, already tie-dyed

Deb in process of making 8 new fender covers for Sailors Run
Fabric is of fleece, already tie-dyed

Sailors Run with her new fender covers at work at anchorage in barra lagoon

Sailors Run with her new fender covers at work at anchorage in barra lagoon

Sailors Run getting underway from La Cruz

Sailors Run getting underway from La Cruz

Sailors Run sailing away from La Cruz, Mexico to Barra de Navidad

Sailors Run sailing away from La Cruz, Mexico to Barra de Navidad

Your Amigos, Jeff & Debbie S/V Sailors Run