Sailing in Baja Mexico – Mitch Mandell

(From FabulousTravel.com) BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO — Sure, sailing the Caribbean is nice but how many crystal clear coves can you anchor in before you’ve had enough’ As the Corona beer ads say,” it’s time to change your latitude.’

La Paz in Baja California, Mexico is just the place to begin.

Step aboard as the three amigos (Maury Barth, Dick Gross and I) take you on a three day cruise on the Sea of Cortez.

We arrive in La Paz Wednesday evening and grab our pre-arranged taxi to Marina Palmira. Technically, our three-day trip isn’t scheduled to start until the following morning, but we are able to board our 36ft catamaran the night before to go over the craft, take stock of the provisions provided by the Moorings’ staff, and get a good nights rest before shoving off.

I’ve been sailing regularly for about ten years, but nearly all my sea time has been three to six hour day sails or buoy racing. The sailing organization I belong to in Marina del Rey, California, Fairwind Yacht Club, has several 27 to 30 foot monohull sloops for this type of sailing. However, pulling up to the marina in La Paz and seeing our home for the next three days was a bit intimidating. These 38-foot ‘Cats’ are nearly as wide as they are long and it reminds me of those giant motor homes seen crisscrossing the roads of America. My shipmates, both Moorings veterans, assured me sailing and maneuvering these ‘RV’s of the Seas’ is a piece of cake.

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