Apr 12

Baja Cruising aboard the Taks

by Adrian in Adventures, Mexico, Sailing

Been almost a month since the last blog post… we’re back! After crossing Mexico we joined maties Sara & Stof aboard their s/v Takalani in west coast town of Puerto Vallarta. Plans changed slightly and epic Galapagos crossing was changed to a more mellow crossing to Baja Peninsula where the last couple weeks have been spent exploring a small part of the beautiful Sea of Cortez.

Major change in scenery from the jungles of Guatemala to the ‘karoo by die see’ desert landscape of the Baja Mexico coast. This is the stereotypical mexico where you expect a pistol-wielding bandido to jump out from behind a cactus! Unfortunately we met no bandidos but instead were faced with a more terrifying sight of captain Stof in his ‘thread-bare’ mankini!

The deep clear blue Sea of Cortez ocean is really dramatic against the mountanous desert landscape. The barren landscape is in contrast to the amazing sealife below the surface. We encountered everything from flying manta rays, schools of dolphins to breaching whales and strange fish of the deep!

We found some great anchorages around Isla Sancti Spiritus and days were spent spearfishing, hiking, braaing and playing epic games of Scrabble and Black B**ch fueled by some delicous Mexican beer! Big muchos gracias go out to the Hillrats for a great time aboard the Taks. Follow their adventures across the pacific here…

And for dad… the Takalani is a great cruising boat, very solidly built. Crossing from Puerto Vallarta was long as we had to beat straight into the wind and ended up taking almost four days. From then on the winds were very variable with some days very light (managed to get the spinnaker up once) and couple of sails with decent stronger winds (one night sail we were flying at a good 7-8knots!) Our last day on the water was beautiful and we cruised along at a steady 4-5 knots into the town of La Paz, the finishing point of our sailing adventure!

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6 Responses to “Baja Cruising aboard the Taks”

  1. From saartjie:

    So gorgeous. Missing you guys… We’re off tomorrow morning! Yikes! Hoping you pull through on that Papua threat ;)

    Posted on 13. Apr, 2011 at 5:31 am #
  2. From ella:

    oh dear adrian, how will we reintegrate you back into “normal” society? i recommend not even trying at all – not sure if its worth it and im sure you guys can make a living as hippies somewhere.

    Posted on 13. Apr, 2011 at 6:40 am #
  3. From Justin:

    wow! can barely believe what i’m seeing on your blog – >
    such beauty. such adventure!
    felix is growing up (for a baby) – the most chuckly, chubly baba – he looks forward to meeting you.
    anyway, excited to see yous again.
    lots of love from justin, sofia, maya and felix.

    Posted on 13. Apr, 2011 at 6:04 pm #
  4. From vanessa:

    no don’t listen to ‘Ella’ and come home…SOON!

    Posted on 13. Apr, 2011 at 8:46 pm #
  5. From Simon & Nikki Bush:

    Enjoy your last few days before coming home. If you are going to Betty’s for the May Day weekend, Si and the boys may see you. I am at a conference at Spier for the weekend.

    Posted on 16. Apr, 2011 at 3:29 pm #


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