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Last update December 11, 2015
Sea of Cortez 2015 French Polynesia 2016
5000 miles+ from the Chesapeake Bay to San Carlos Mexico. I set a plan last year and with a few changes, help from family and friends, we made it. Morning Dove is on the hard for the summer in San Carlos while I'm home enjoying another Alaska summer.
Here is my sailing plan for the Sea of Cortez this winter then South Pacific 2016 and with luck sailing the South Pacific to Australia, New Year 2017 in Sydney.
It's been fast few months in Mexico. Leslie and I had a quite New Years, our days were busy getting the Dove ready for launch as the tides were not in our favor. Managed to repaint the bottom make a few repairs and in the water by January 4th. With sails up we were off to Santa Rosalia and the Baja
March 2016 weather depending I'll set sail for French Polynesia, about a 3 week passage.
I have set port departure dates for Saturday for ease of planning. For most of my plan sailing I'm never more then a days sail from a major city airport served by Alaska Airlines, Loreto and La Paz.
I hope family and friends come and join Morning Dove for a week of sun and sailing the Baja Peninsula.
Sailing Timeline 2016
Note: * denotes airport with Alaska Airlines Destination OPEN dates: Denotes dates open for family and friends.
San Carlos Nov Install autopilot, watermaker, solar & repairs Complete San Carlos Nov 24 Bruce, Launch Morning Dove, in slip A-13 Complete San Carlos Jan 1 Bruce, Leslie, Sterling, Jan 4 Alison, Terry Jan 4 To Loreto Loreto* Jan 12 Bruce Leslie, John & Dona Norris To La Paz La Paz* Jan 20 Bruce, Leslie, Ed & Robin Kornfield To Mazatlan Mazatlan* Jan 26 Bruce, Leslie, Ed & Robin Kornfield To Puerto Vallarta P Vallarta* Feb 1 PPJ Seminars Feb 17-Mar 12 Iditarod 2016 Back to PV March 15 P Vallarta* Feb 6 Bruce, Deb & Bob Local sailing P Vallarta* Mar 20 Bruce, Leslie, Michael, Sterling To Marquesas Marquesas April 15 Bruce, Leslie, Michael, Sterling To Tahiti Tahiti May 10 Haul out for the summer To Alaska May to Sept 2016 in Alaska Tahiti Sep 5 Bruce OPEN Society Islands Maupiti Oct 1 Bruce OPEN Cook Islands Rarotonga Oct 15 Bruce OPEN American Samoa Samoa Nov 1 Bruce OPEN Fiji Nadi Nov 15 Bruce OPEN Vanuatu Port Vila Dec 1 Bruce OPEN New Caledonia Noumea Dec 15 Bruce OPEN Brisbane Brisbane Jan 1 New Year Sydney Harbor Bridge Sydney Sydney Feb 1 Bruce OPEN New Zealand
Sailing Timeline 2015
Note: * denotes airport with Alaska Airlines Destination ** denotes airport with local airline service and Ferry from Loreto or La Paz OPEN dates: Denotes dates open for family and friends.
Tucson Dec 28 Bruce, Leslie, Josh Complete Drive to San Carlos San Carlos** Jan 3 Bruce, Leslie Complete San Pedro San Carlos San Carlos** Jan 10 Bruce, Leslie Complete Across to Santa Rosalia Santa Rosalia** Jan 17 Bruce, Leslie Complete Bahia Concepcion Jan 31 Bruce, Leslie Complete Loreto* Feb 1 Bruce, Diana, Deb, Bob Complete To Bahia Concepcion Loreto* Feb 7 Bruce Complete To Isla Carmen Loreto* Feb 14 Bruce Complete To Isla Coronados Mulege Feb 23 Alaska Complete Iditarod Feb 23 Iditarod Mar 7 Alaska Complete to Mar 16 Mulege Mar 18 Bruce Complete Bahia Concepcion Mulege Mar 21 Bruce, Cob and crew Complete To: Loreto Loreto* April 1 Bruce Complete To Guaymas change Transmission Guaymas** Apr 21 Bruce, Leslie, Cathy, Grace Complete Loreto San Carlos May 20 Haul out Complete Alaska
23 Oct 2013
Launca Barber, Bruce Complete Shakedown complete
15 Nov 2013
Sam Maxwell, Peter Wallace, Bruce Arv 21 Nov Passage complete
1 Jan 2014
Leslie Washburn, Launce Barber, Bruce arrive 1-8
St Thomas STT
8-10 Jan 2014
Jerry Wortley, Brigid & company
perfect week complete
18 Jan 2014
Divert San Juan replace batteries BVI Thur 1-22
80mi to Anguilla 1-25
St Martin SFG
25 Jan 2014
Bruce & Launce
Bruce, Launce & Zoran
St Kits SKB
8 Feb 2014
Bruce, Launce, Zoran, Bob & Robert
15 Feb 2014
Bruce, Launce, Zoran, Bob & Robert
St Lucia UVF
13 Mar 2014
Launce, Zoran, Bob & Robert
Home for 2weeks complete
23 Mar 2014
350nm to Bonaire complete
30 Mar 2014
Bruce & Michael
06 Apr 2014
Bruce & Michal
13 Apr 2014
Bruce & crew
19 Apr 2014
Diana, Mom & crew
1 Week to transit complete
Panama City PTY
26 Apr 2014
1 week transit complete
San Jose Costa R 10 May 2014 complete
17 May 2014 complete
20 May 2014 complete
22 May 2014 complete San Carlos 25 May 2014 Return to Alaska complete Mexico Winter 2014/15 Sea of Cortez
The planned arrival ports on this itinerary all have an International Airport or at least an airport you can find a short commuter flight to from a main hub to outer islands. Most dates are set to sail in to port by late afternoon on a Friday and depart the next afternoon or as the group wants.
These dates and ports have been set so family and friends can book their airline reservations and plan where and when to join and leave Morning Dove. I would expect to spend the night, resupply and depart the next day. If there is no one joining the boat this port might be bypassed. Depending where the crew wants to sail and explore.
A typical week would involve departing port Sat 3pm, sail 2-4 hr to remote bay. Anchor and if there are restaurants and entrainment ashore, dingy in and enjoy or cook aboard and relax. Day 2 enjoy a Caribbean sunrise, a light breakfast and plan the day. Sail for a few hours and pick up a mooring in one of a hundred National Parks, swim, snorkel, go ashore, hike and explore or just relax and lunch. Short sail to another remote bay, anchor and rum punch watching for the green flash as the sun sets. BBQ the fresh fish we caught earlier sailing. Day 3,4,5,6 repeat day 2 or create your own.
Most passages between the islands from The Virgin islands to Grenada are only a few hours with great trade wind sailing and easy passage between islands. There are a two longer passages offering vigorous sailing. 8-10 hr from BVI to Anguilla Island, the firs of the Windward island on the way to St Martin and from Grenada to Trinidad.
Most days will involve sailing, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, exploring and a lot of relaxing.
My goal: Learn and become proficient with sailing Morning Dove. While I'm an experienced sailor, Morning Dove, her sails and systems are new to me and it takes time to learn a new boat. Sailing around the Caribbean is the perfect place before heading into the Pacific and more challenging conditions.
What is the cost to you? Well itís up to you. I would hope everyone would share expenses, food, fuel, dock and mooring expenses. I plan to anchor whenever possible; usually this is free or cheap. Having a slip at a dock with power is very expensive. Set your island exploring by arriving a few days ahead of joining Morning Dove or adding days after you leave the boat to maximize your sailing experience and allot for the most time exploring remote islands, anchorages, snorkeling, swimming ect.
I plan to leave the Morning Dove every 3 months for 2 weeks home. Iím looking for anyone who wants to baby sit and watch over her during this time. Considering the price of hotels this is a great opportunity to lounge in the sun.
Iím hopping family and friends will take advantage of chance for a great sailing adventure. Iíll also be looking for contributing crew to fill in and for longer ocean passages, Panama to Mexico and Hawaii. Stay tuned for developing time line added to this site.