Intro video for our talk at the Anacortes Boat show this spring: https://youtu.be/QF2BRIXvGgM
We spent another day on the Committee Boat for today’s start for MexORC. We had no duties, we were just there as spectators.
Besides being a pretty boat and a pretty picture, this shows how much surface area is raised from the water when the boat heels. It doesn’t show, but you can sort of tell, how much the waterline also increases when the boat heels. Longer=faster.
The start today was staggered. Slower boats started earlier, timed against their rating and the race characteristics. If they did it correctly, everyone finished together. After all the monohulls started and left, a huge Optomist dingy fleet showed up and surrounded the start boat. It was wild, but crazy unsafe. I finally hailed #768 (a twelve-year-old boy) and yelled “Senor, Mas Peligro!” and pointed. He took one look and herded everyone away from the start line.
And Orion showed up. It started an hour or more after everyone else. It didn’t even untie from the dock until everyone else had started. Fast is not the right word for this thing. It’s a whole different kind of boat. It sounds like an airplane going by.
Lining up for the start. The Laser is the stand-on vessel. Orion gave way.
We got up early this morning and left San Diego, headed south. We’d been in Mexico for almost an hour before Nancy got bored.
So she walked to the pointy end and put out a mer-call to her fellow mer-peeps.
They appeared immediately (click on the pic. It will blow the top of your head clean off).
There were several of them.
They kept looking at us looking at them. By the way, don’t forget that this picture is looking down, into the water.
So is this one.
Finally, we got to Ensenada.
Apparently they were having a volcanic eruption. Funny we hadn’t heard of it.
It turned out to be a forest fire, entering its second week.
So we’re sitting in Cruise Port Village marina in Ensenada, waiting to check in with all the Federales tomorrow. After a quick walk to town we have our pre-paid Banda Ancha Cellular internet dongle for about 1/2 the price of US internet. I told the lady if Mexico makes this easy it’s going to be a lot more crowded down here. She said it’s already started.
Ensenada also has a very large flag. But I know you’re looking at Nancy. I know I was.