Mazatlan

The north wind eventually began to ease up. We waited an additional day for the sea to settle, then headed out from Caleta Partida, around and down past the Espiritu Santo group, through the Cerralvo Canal and across the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlan. Variable winds were the hallmark of this crossing, and cross seas for the first day and night. But we will leave all that behind us, and focus on our days in Mazatlan. There are, of course, always maintenance tasks to keep us  busy.

1 Mazatlan windlass

The windlass needed a tune up. A well-known definition of cruising is “working on your boat in exotic locations.”

Our good friend Tim, another long-time sailor, met us in Mazatlan. Tim had recently bought a boat lying in Marina Mazatlan and had flown down from Portland to take possession and begin making it his own. He had been in Mazatlan before and was pleased to take us to some of his favorite places.

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Dinner at Panchos with Tim on our second evening in Mazatlan.

Time's new-to-him boat: A well-built and sea-worthy Amel Super Marimu, "Sea Fever." Tim's sister Carol flew down to keep him company the first week.

Time’s new-to-him boat: A well-built and sea-worthy Amel Super Marimu, “Sea Fever.” Tim’s sister Carol flew down to keep him company the first week.

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Tim in front of his new boat, Carol and I are looking forward to a ride on it.

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In the mercado in Mazatlan. We spent a day with Carol, shopping and sight seeing in old Mazatlan.

Notice the pig's head.

Notice the pig’s head in the corner of the case. Meat cuts are different than I was accustomed to seeing in the U.S. It takes a little getting used to, but that’s part of the fun.

Christmas ornaments, discounted after-Christmas sale.

Christmas ornaments, discounted after-Christmas sale.

Carol, having a good time.

Carol, having a good time.

Shopping for a new outfit in the public market

Shopping for a new outfit in the public market.

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This one’s for Claudia.

Mazatlan rooftop Randy

Freeman Hotel rooftop bar. One of Tim’s “must see” places. The view is breathtaking. We stayed to watch the sunset.

One of the places Tim wanted us to see was the rooftop bar at Freeman Hotel in downtown Mazatlan. It was absolutely worth it!

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View up the playa from Freeman Hotel.

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This is looking toward the Mazatlan harbor entrance. Mazatlan is a very large commercial harbor. The rocky point at the entrance is Goat Island, connected to the mainland by a causeway. On the other side of the causeway is a small bay, a popular anchorage with cruising boats.

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You can see the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the main cathedral in Mazatlan, in the middle distance.

On our next-to-last day in Mazatlan, Velic and Sea Fever motor-sailed down the coast past central Mazatlan to anchor behind Goat Island for the night. It was warm and there wasnt’ much wind to sail on, but we spent a pleasant afternoon and evening in company with Tim and Carol. Very early the next morning, Velic pulled up anchor and motored southward, toward Puerto Vallarta. Tim and Sea Fever were to leave soon afterward to return to Marina Mazatlan.

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Another tough afternoon for cruisers.

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A derelict in the bay behind Goat Island. Popular with birds, as you can see.

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