Seaward is off to a great start for the 2016 Mexico Season, with 3 voyages complete and our first youth program starting tomorrow out of La Paz!We cast off on December 17th from Sausalito with 5 guests. We beat a low pressure system on our way south just in the nick of time. No rain the whole way to the Channel Islands!
Our first stop was at the Santa Rosa in the Channel Islands where we enjoyed a great hike ashore. The following few days were spend hiking onshore and sailing around the Channel Island including Anacapa and the famous arch. Dodging some uncooperative weather made for exciting itinerary adjustmentscwhile making the most out of the storm breaks. The beat out of the Catalina Harbor and around the northern part of Catalina Island was exciting, but as soon as we fell of the wind for LA Harbor it was clear we were in for a down wind sailing treat!
Our next leg, a 14 night voyage from LA to San Jose Del Cabo with 6 guests was a blast. Some of the highlights included a nightmin Ensenada with beers and celebration at the local  brewery Agua Mala. From there we set sail for Isla San Martin were we bought live lobster from local fisherman and celebrated New Years. We then made way for warmer water with stops along the way including Turtle Bay, Santa Maria Bay and Mag Bag. As the temperatures warmed, we knew we made it when a humpback whale escorted us into the warm waters Cabo San Lucas. Our most recent leg from San Jose Del Cabo to La Paz was a cruise anyone would be envious of. Starting with a few longer days at sea we made our way north sailing against the infamous “Nortes”. Stops included Bahia Los Friales, Ensenada De Los Muertos, where we enjoyed a beach party and then finally arriving at Isla Espiritu Santa, a national park littered with nothing but pristine coves. The highlight for sure was a cove just big enough for us with high cliffs on either side called El Cardoncito with perfect water and a picture perfect beach tucked all the way inside were we made a camp fire and enjoyed ship made margaritas and beers before headed back to the ship for a Kabab BBQ. A perfect bay for paddle boarding, sailing Santo, snorkeling, sun bathing and rock climbing. On our last morning we found whale sharks which whom our naturalist was able to jump overboard for a close encounter swim. Video to come!