The season began on December 30th with 12 San Francisco Sea Scouts on board for the sail to Newport Beach, where they were hosted by the Newport Sea Scout’s Base. They reported having a wonderful experience and planning to join another voyage next year.
Captain Jay is seen here in Bahia San Gabriel, most likely inspecting the bottom of the ship, and saying hello to fish in the Bay.
The leg from Newport to Baja featured a full boat including some seasoned sailors, some looking for offshore experience, others looking for adventure sailing to Mexico. After stopping in Bahia de Magdelena along the Pacific Coast of Baja, the voyage ended 10 days later at San Jose del Cabo.
Above, Mate Jessica with youth sailors from Puerto Vallarta
Seaward continued on to Puerto Vallarta, on a lovely multi day sail with two sailors joining who experienced their first overnight passage, sailing by the stars! Once on the mainland, Seaward was generously hosted by Dick Markie and Paradise Village Marina. Local students were taken out for a sail on Bahia de Banderas, a first experience for most of them and a program we plan to offer every year. The next chapter of the voyage was harbor hopping down the coast to Manzanillo, and back up to Puerto Vallarta, then along to La Paz in the Sea of Cortez. Several groups of sailors joined the various voyage legs for a mix of sailing and the other joys of coastal Mexico, snorkeling, hiking, and viewing the marine life so abundant in those clear waters.
Below:The hardworking crew gets Seaward in shape with a smile for the sail home to Sausalito on March 24th.