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09-23-2009 11:37 PM
kootenay Well I have appreciated the comments. In checking with Moorings it seems there is quite a difference in pricing between Baja and Tortola. I imagine they are alot busier in Road town than La Paz bigger base etc. So if you could Vad if you could send me those maps and "places" I would appreciate it. I love the BVI we spent part of winter there in 2004. Off to Tortola the end of November.
09-23-2009 12:44 PM
vadimzh yes, give me a day to fish them out of the old hard drive and I will send them to you
09-22-2009 10:55 PM
adamavis
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Originally Posted by vadimzh View Post
Indeed, I will second your suggestion based on our two experiences. We did see plenty of sea life. And we even managed to miss a perfect picture of five orcas as we though they were going to take over our boat... I think a lot of perfect pictures of wild life missed that way. In fact, now that I am thinking, I have not seen many pictures of lions sneefing photographer... I guess our faces at the time were worth a picture as well ;-) But they are amazingly pretty and swim in perfect sync. It was like a national geographic show. If only skipper could sleep during nights...
Hey Vadimzh,

Could I get those google charter maps? Thanks
09-22-2009 07:55 PM
vadimzh Indeed, I will second your suggestion based on our two experiences. We did see plenty of sea life. And we even managed to miss a perfect picture of five orcas as we though they were going to take over our boat... I think a lot of perfect pictures of wild life missed that way. In fact, now that I am thinking, I have not seen many pictures of lions sneefing photographer... I guess our faces at the time were worth a picture as well ;-) But they are amazingly pretty and swim in perfect sync. It was like a national geographic show. If only skipper could sleep during nights...
09-22-2009 07:39 PM
bareboatingtheworld Vad...

As you said, couldn't be more different. The nights were more peaceful than my flat in San Francisco. OK unfair comparison as the wind shakes the place in the late afternoon. I've never slept more secure for a week on a sailboat.

We had over 20+ knots out of the NW for our initial passage from the mooring base in la paz to espirtu santo, then little for the rest of the week. maybe an hour average each day. Guess the message would be earlier in the winter is better for comfort and I guess you just have to get lucky with regards to wind ... and whale spotting ... we weren't so luck there, but, it appears to be quite common when cruising in the sea of cortez.
09-22-2009 07:00 PM
vadimzh Gaetano, interesting difference of experiences. I guess it all depends on the year and season. I have been in the Sea of Cortez in April couple of years ago. It was cold and we spent 4 nights doing anchor watches as it was blowing from about 8pm and until 8am in the morning. And boy, was it blowing... We did sail well, though. The nature if out of this world.
09-22-2009 06:53 PM
bareboatingtheworld It's been a long time since I've been to BVI, but, I was in Baja the week after Thanksgiving last year (2008) and it was fantastic. The water was warmer than Croatia or Greece in August and the setting was beautiful. Unfortunately, for our week there was little wind after the first day.

Now, the real attraction is the nature. We swam with the sea lions twice off of Los Isolottes (no guide needed) and had a great time exploring the mangroves, cactus forest, and lagoon on Isola San Jose. Snorkeling was pretty good with regards to fish, not great for coral. We also were pretty successful catching fish.

I've just created a blog site (bareboatingtheworld.com) that has a lot of details for this trip including a google chart of our anchorages, photo gallery, and daily log. I written some area insights with regards to before departing, provisions, living aboard, and sailing stuff. check it out and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

Gaetano Squicciarini
(sorry this is the first of many posts and they will not let me hyperlink yet).
09-22-2009 02:43 PM
adamavis Could you send me those google charts? Thanks!

adamavis @ yahoo . com
09-22-2009 01:19 AM
vadimzh Baja in summer could be hot. Baja in spring could be cold. Not super cold, but cold enough to require wetsuits. Winter is cold. In addition, if you are going to the Sea of Cortez, they have a peculiar wind from time to time.

So, my vote would be to go to BVI. Once you get more comfortable and want challenge, then go to Baja. BTW, I could share with you a couple of google "charts" and may be a place or two in BVI.

Vadim
09-21-2009 07:20 AM
richermartyn Hi...
I have read your post so i hope you didn't face any navigation problem and as your BVI going last year.. should you go back again...
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