We go to sea
Yes, you read that right – we are going to sea. Done, no more car. Escape all the traffic and noise that traffic jams and turn signals set when turning. We saddle up – it would be correct at this point to say we sail around. Nope, we only do a sailing course so that we can sail ourselves, i.e. without a skipper.
Go Baja Sailing – with those at sea
Go Baja Sailing is now not only an expression but also the name of the sailing school. We have booked a training trip here and we will absolutely certainly be the only Swiss. The rest are Americans. This is going to be fun and interesting. A week with a couple of Americans on a 43 foot catamaran. We will get to know a few socio-cultural characteristics.
A colorful bunch of sailing enthusiasts
Set sail – we are the pirates of the Sea of Cortez
Back to Agua Verde
One of our favorite favorite places on the Baja. The journey is tough, but it’s worth it. From the paved road it takes 2.5 hours to get to Agua Verde. We have only been here for a few days and receive a call because we have asked on the Internet about sailing opportunities. And here comes the contact. Tad, an American sailor with over 30 years of experience, offers us to sail from Ensenada in the north of the Baja to La Paz in the south of the Baja. With video chat, he shows us his over 30-year-old Slocum 43. A stately solid ship. We are happy and agree. So we fly to Ensenada and sail down to La Paz. Amazing.
Before sailing, another accident
One day before we leave Agua Verde to go sailing, Claudia wants to let René, the Canadian next to us, take the pain out of her shoulder and back. René is a chiropractor and a funny neighbor. And that’s where it happens. René slips while straightening his spine and crushes Claudia’s ribs. Anyone who has ever had this knows how painful it is. Damn – we actually wanted to leave. We talk and Claudia tells me to go sailing alone. She waits at the Maranatha campground until I get back. Ok, but how do we get out of here? Two and a half hours of jogging slope with crushed rib. It was an ordeal and it took us almost three and a half hours because I was driving much slower – because of the contusion. And yet – Claudia has fought bravely and is happy when we arrive at the Maranatha. Now she can recover and rest until I get back.
Sailing with Joshua
Sailing and puking
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean
Where does the noise come from?
Creativity at sea
A boat hook is the solution
Sailing is beautiful, fantastic. However, something breaks all the time or has to be repaired or replaced before, during and after the trip. Creative thinking and the search for solutions is taken to another level. Sailing is never boring, especially when you meet dolphins, spot whales, watch sea lions or fish for delicious fish fresh from the sea. Sushi has never been so fresh. I will go sailing again. Then with Claudia.