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Ship's log of Krogen 44 Number One: Wintering Along The Shores of Old Mexico

December 2005
Ensenada to Mazatlan

At 0300 on Dec. 6, the reunited Mexican Marathon Fleet departed Ensenada, bound for Mazatlan. The first stop is at Turtle Bay, about 38 hours south. We take the offshore route and will pass west of Cedros Island. Sunrises take on special meaning after a dark night at sea. The weather and seas are ideal. The anchor drops at Turtle Bay about 1545 on the 7th, and itís decided to layover the next day in balmy weather for some R&R. The entire trip down the Baja was very pleasant, as usual, with only a couple of little bumpy places along the way, and my TRAC system wipes those out. The 30 hour trip to Mag Bay and the subsequent 30 hour leg to the Los Frailes anchorage (the jump point to Mazatlan) were relaxed and routine, and we had moonlight most of the dark hours at sea.  As in previous voyages, I was able to snub Cabo San Tin$le Town, needing neither provisions nor fuel. We had a nice overnight rest on the hook at a crowded Los Frailes.
    Crossing to Mazatlan is about a 26 hour tripĖnot long in terms of distance and time, but the easterly course will expose your vessel to the beam-on wind waves being driven south out of the Sea of Cortez. While not unsafe in a properly designed motorboat, it can be a challenging ride. Itís amazing how quickly the TRAC system fins can spoil you!