Pacific Ocean, Seattle, California, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Florida
In late September, 2008 I was asked to deliver a 52′ Vagabond Schooner named “Positive Thinking” from Seattle to Mobile, AL. Obviously, this is a long trip (5400 miles). I was also fortunate enough to deliver a Beneteau 47 from San Diego to Huatulco, Mexico while waiting for some repairs in San Diego.
Seattle started off with cold, nasty, wet, windy weather that slowly improved as we got further south. After a brief shakedown trip to Westport, WA I decided to pull in for some repairs. San Diego was next where we completed the repairs and took a break and sailed a Beneteau to Mexico for a 3 week cruise.
The Beneteau was quite a change from the Schooner and we really enjoyed sailing with the owner, Shaun. He proved to be a quick learner and very soon became a valuable part of the crew. He also caught a lot of fish! I found the trip south of San Diego to be very easy compared to most of the sailing I have done lately, such as crossing the North Atlantic in July/August. I enjoy sailing with the owners they like to stop for a rest and see neat places. After Thanksgiving we returned and took “Positive Thinking” to Hautulco, Mexico. This 33 ton Bluewater boat is a pleasure to sail when the wind gets going pretty well. She loves to plunge through the waves and her full keel keeps her going in the right direction. We caught a lot of tuna and mahi mahi on this trip and ate really well. In January 2009 “Positive Thinking” left Mexico.
We stopped briefly in Costa Rica, ran into some weather on our way to both Costa Rica and Panama. We transited the Panama Canal and had a very difficult sail directly into the prevailing trade winds to the Cayman Islands where we pulled in for a rest. We then sailed southwest of Cuba and had a wonderful sail to Mobile, Al. I was happy to finally complete this long and successful trip. I want to thank the many people who crewed for me on this trip. We had a good time and were tested on several occasions.