SV Meriwether Blog

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Waiting in Guaymas

We crossed the Sea of Cortez, and came to Guaymas, for a reason. A few reasons actually. First was to get some canvas work done by a well known canvas worker here in town. we had been carrying around a ton of canvas and related items for over a year now, specifically for this time. The other reason came recently,...

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Ghosts at sea

Kerri and I thought we would just sit still and recoup from the week long visit with family, but after only a single day of said recuperations – which included a couple hour sail and socializing with another couple (read; no recuperation time) – our eyes were firmly set on the next big passage. Weather rules all as cruisers. Days...

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A visit from my brother

Since mid way through our summer in Penasco, we added only one thing on our schedule (other then getting ourselves back on the water); a visit from my brother (Tobias) and his wife (Beth). They had both been on Meriwether back in Monterey, as we passed through the area on our way South, but only while tied to a dock....

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Punta Chivato

We left Santa Rosalia a few days after the new years, to continue our southern momentum. We chose a nice weather window to make the 30 mile sail further down the Baja coastline. Actually, we chose this day as the next week afterwards was forecast to blow from the north. With wind on our back side, we sailed for more...

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Summarizing our 2023 sailing season

Just before Jan 1 of 2023 we entered Mexico via Ensenada. After a three week stay in the marina for final packages, paperwork, and supplies we set sail down the west coast of Baja. Some hops where multi-day/night sails in the open ocean, others were single day sails. We got to meet up with long time friends, the Malimish family...

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Santa Rosalia for the new years

From our last anchorage to Santa Rosalia is 75 nautical miles of open water with no safe anchorages along the way, so it has to be done in a single voyage. Moving at barely the pace of a New York City jogger doesn’t get you through 75 miles very quickly; about 14 hours in total. At this time of year...

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San Francisquito & Santa Teresa

A good sized northerly blow was threatening us in a few days time, and while we were somewhat protected where we were on Isla Salsipuedes, it wasn’t the best. And, if we stayed, we would have been stuck there another five days or more while the blow… well, blew. So, a couple days before the wind was to visit, we...

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Isla Salsipuedes

Four nights. Four whole nights we stayed at our last anchorage. It is rare that we hang out in any one location for this length of time, at least in the past two sailing years. Once we left Alaska, we have stayed only 2.9 days, on average, at each location. That includes both 3 week spans we spent in the...

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Estanky

After a day’s rest, we hauled up anchor and set off from the northern tip of Isla Angel de la Guarda on a day in which we had the best chance of getting some sailing in. The wind was forecast to pickup as the day aged, providing us a good breeze on Meriwether’s stern for the second half of the...

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Returning to Isla Angel de la Guarda

A mere 22 hours is all it took to start us back into a groove we have long missed; being out at anchor. Following the 110 mile overnight sail (our 23rd night at sail), which consisted of only 4 hours of actual sailing, we arrived at Isla Ángel de la Guarda at 4am in a pitch black anchorage. Only one...