Welcome to our mid-life crisis! These are the chronicles of Laura and Patrick, their young son Jack, and their goofball Labrador Retriever named Evinrude (Rudy), as they travelled the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific coast of mainland Mexico in their catamaran. We went cruising in search of a change of pace, a closer knit family, and peace of mind. We found all three and more. The fun all started in October, 2008 and nearly four years later the Mexican adventure came to an end August 3rd, 2012. With our mid-life crisis cured in Mexico, we are excited to start a new adventure - life back in America.

Patrick has since joined the Sales Team of Marine Servicenter as a boat broker. Whether you are looking to make your dream of sailing away come true, or ready to sell your boat he can help. He can be reached at http://marinesc.com/about/crew/patrick-harrigan

Candeleros Chico

Candeleros Chico
Just another beautiful day at anchor on the Baja. 2010

Dolphins at play in the bow wake 2011

Dolphins at play in the bow wake  2011

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Reunion with Windfall and Third Day

Our time with Ocean Watch came to an end too quickly for us - we hadn't finished asking them questions! We did manage to get a lot of good information from them all, so we are now better, safer sailors for sure. It is amazing to be able to ask such seasoned sailors questions like, "What's the best safety product to use in a big blow at sea - a sea anchor or a drogue?" and get back an answer that you can trust. Curious? David T's reply was that he once comfortably sat out 80 knots of wind off of Cape Horn with 30 foot seas by simply heaving-to. I didn't realize that heaving-to would work in such heavy weather. When a guy cites experience like that - you know you can trust his input!

Anyway, Ocean Watch had a publicity event to attend in the States, so they left for the final leg of their amazing circumnavigation of North and South America. With our friends on Ocean Watch gone, it was time for us to start our migration north. Our first stop was Isla Isabella to meet up with our friends on Third Day. After two nights there, we both pulled anchor and headed to Mazatlan to meet up with the crew of Hotspur (formerly the crew of Windfall).

Yesterday, the kid boat "trifecta" of the Summer in the Sea '09 reunited for an all day fest of food, fun and gabbing. Despite everyone keeping tabs on each other through our blogs, there were still too many stories to tell. It was wonderful to be back with our boating "family." Somehow, over that summer together and especially during the run from Hurricane Jimena, we three boats became more than friends. We are all eagerly looking forward to the next summer together in the Sea.


  1. I think I'd be cautious about heaving-to in 30 foot breaking seas in a cat; mono-hulls generally are self-righting should they turn turtle. Great blog and even a greater adventure!

  2. Well, that is true. Of course the best safety is to avoid those conditions if at all possible. Which is the first course of action on our list. It is just fun for me to hear about the experiences of such knowledgeable, seasoned sailors. Thanks for the kind words.

  3. S/V Ocean Watch cruised into San Diego bay this afternoon (Tues., 5/4/10). Just thought you'd like to know their progress north. Good sailing to the crew of JaM!