The following is extracted from the Log of the yacht
Lorelei during the period from
At last ! – Underway from Shelter Cove Marina 0643 Local time
1527Z - Approaching Buoy #5 Position N 32:39;02 W117: 13 :85
1532Z - Course 180 deg REACH
2130Z - Course 95 deg REACH
2300Z - Start Engine. Engine hours 712.7
2357Z - Came about to 145 deg N 32:05:68 W 116:56:84
0133Z - Change course, 20deg N 31:57:79 116:52:76
0240Z - Change course,108deg N 31:53:25 W 116:47:91
0310Z - Change course, 90deg N 31:51:92 W 116:46:07
The crew at this point was John, Lenore and Andy
DeMaria. Andy was an old and somewhat salty friend from San Pedro Cal. Each
year at about this time a large procession of sailing yachts gather in
1700Z - Underway
Engine 717.6 hours, Miles 17014
1830Z - Abeam Punta Banda
N 31:45:93 W 116:47:21
Contacted Sailing sloop Cajun Blue Channel 16/70 VHF, southbound. Capt. Will Summers, Skipper 1926Z - Change course, 140deg
N 31:43:82 W 116:18:50
0138Z - Change course, 158deg
N 31:05:63 W 116:28:77
Will turned out be quite a sailor. In his tiny 25 ft.
sloop he was the only yacht able to stay with us all the way. He was from
Monday 9 December
1524Z - 54 gal fuel remains. Used 10 gal in 22 hours of running
1534Z - Change course 90deg to
2230Z - Arrived
49 gal fuel remaining
Oops! Wrong anchorage This is
Tuesday 10 Dec 1985
2105Z - Underway from point San Fernando anchorage,
1800Z - Anchored at
Cedros is a small island near Guerro Negro Mexico .
Which is the site of one of the largest sea salt producing evaporation
beds in the world. The weather that night was horrible. Waves were 10 to
15 ft. and the wind howled until sun-up. At one point Andy made the
comment that he was sure glad it was dark, because if he could see the
size of the waves he would be scared to death. During the night some of
the fleet got lost and sailed into Scammonds Lagoon, a dead end with no
escape except through the same opening you entered. It was daylight before
they figured it out.
Saturday, 12 December 1985
1632Z - Underway, course145deg.
2130Z - Anchored at
1430Z - Underway, course 128deg.
1435Z - Overheat alarm – Broken fan belt.
1443Z - Repairs complete.
Here we purchased our first fuel. It contained algae. This was to haunt us for the remainder of the voyage. It would clog our fuel filters at the most inopportune times
2320Z - Anchored, Hipolito!
1600Z - Underway with good off-shore wind
1730Z - Wind dies, Motoring, course, 135deg, spd. 7 kts.
Sailed all night
1845Z - Off
0149Z - Off
0155Z - Engine off, add 1 qt. Oil
0209Z - Underway
Anchored at Cabo San Lucas
At this point the crew consisting of Capt. John, First Mate, Lenore and Able bodied sailor, Andy decided to take a break for Christmas and New Years. There must have been 50 yachts in the harbor and it was party time around the clock. Had to rescue Louie Thomas Of the Yacht Bandit New Years Eve. Louie tried to stand up in his dingy on the way back from the party.
1900Z – Attempt to get underway for
2100Z - Course change for Los Frales, 20deg
2200z - Returned to Cabo, bad weather. Anchored in
1350Z - Underway from Cabo San Lucas with two other
yachts, “My Lady” and “Perky II” Course to
1544Z - Position, N 22:56 W 109:18 could have been 109:38 Sat- nav getting hardto read
1720Z - Position N 22:55 W109:13 or maybe :33
Fuel tank full, 74gal in Cabo
2337Z - Anchored in
Added 15 gal of fuel in
We spent the rest of the month in
2243Z - Depart Mazatlan bound for Isla Isabella
Position, N 23:10:88 W 106:25:40
Engine start, 2230Z Cleared 2320Z
Epirb checked – OK, Course, 150deg
0215Z - Start engine, No wind.
0322Z - Engine off.
2100Z - Anchored at Isabella
Isabella is a remarkable place. Thousands of sea
birds nest here. They share the island with many iguanas. The relationship
is somewhat adversarial.
2 February 1986
1131Z - Underway bound for San Blass, Engine on.
1223Z - Reset ships log. Spd. 5.5kts
Calibrated dip stick for fuel
Lenore says “This is accurate”
In harbor at San Blass for re-provisioning, very shallow.
Evening anchored at Matenchin and visited Inspiration
At inspiration a river explodes from the earth and
flows down to the sea. This is also possibly the no-see-um capital of the
world. Up on a cliff above the present city there is the ruins of an old
church dating from the 1500’s
1515Z - Underway for Chacala. Course 167deg
Changed course to 205deg. then to 139deg
1949Z - Anchored at Chacala
Added fuel Tank now 50gal.
1700Z - Anchor aweigh, Chacala
2000Z - Engine on, making 6 kts.
2100Z - Engine off, making 6 kts
2305Z - Engine on with sail, making 7.5 kts
0104Z - Anchored at Punta Mita
1500Z - Short run to Nueva Vallarta
Removed head from engine, Found we have a burned
valve – Looks like we must have a valve job Sent Sheri back to
6 March 1986
1542Z - Cast off at Nueva Vallarta bound for Yalapa. 73 gal of fuel aboard
2000Z - Anchored at Yalapa (There is a sea-story about how we pulled off the
anchoring at Yalapa)
Yalapa is located on
7 March 1986
Yalapa is N20:14 W 105:43.5
1510Z - Underway, course 270deg under power “There’s Haley’s Comet overhead”
1632Z - Changed course to 238deg
1830Z - Abeam of Cabo Corrientes, course 180deg.
2125Z - Anchored at Ipala, fuel 69gal added 1qt. oil
1250Z - Aweigh anchor Ipala, course 180deg
1730Z - Course 125deg Under Sail
2350Z - Anchored at Chamela in 4 fathoms of water
1700Z - Start engine
1717Z - Up anchor bound for Playa Blanca in Bahia Careys
1810Z - Under sail
2000Z - Anchored in
1443Z - Up anchor bound for Bahia Navidad
1716Z - Engine off, Under sail
1830Z - Lorelei collides with giant Manta ray, Wow!
2000Z - Anchored at
This was one very large fish. It was laying just
under the surface enjoying theMexican sunshine and evidently did not notice our
2145Z - 15gal. Fuel added to tank. Total 60gal.
1519Z - Anchor aweigh, bound for Las Hadas Manzinillo
2045Z - Anchored at Las Hadas Hotel – Total
1430Z - Inside Las Hadas anchorage, tied up Med style Agua Potable available
1630Z - Leave Las Hadas bound for Pechinguillo, Course, 175deg.
(Will from Cajun Blue came aboard to say hello. Will join us in next port)
1830Z - Course 200deg. Under sail.
1930Z - Course, 98deg. Under Sail, Beating, add 1 qt. Oil, fuel 54gal.
2345Z - Course, 130deg.Engine (iron jib) on.
0001Z - Iron jib off, Under sail
0100Z - Iron jib on , wind zero
0823Z - Course 85deg. To Punta San Telmo
0906Z - Under sail
0910Z - Course, 100deg.
0925Z - Wind zero Iron Jib on, Course 110deg.
1017Z - Course, 130deg. Reduce spd. To 4 kts.
1154Z - Course, 90deg.
1206Z - Course, 80deg.
1301Z - Course, 310deg.
1429Z - Course, 100deg.
1716Z - Anchored Pechilinguillo
1800Z - Exhaust valve #3 adjusted checked all valve clearances, Lubricating oil
OK, Fuel 43gal.
2200Z - Anchor aweigh bound for Zihuatanejo. Course,
105deg. Wind 10 kts.
0130Z - Iron jib on
0325Z - Engine off, Autopilot not working
0510Z - Engine on ,Auto pilot repaired
0823Z - First sighting of light at Lezaro Cardenas
0900Z - Abeam of light at Lezaro Cardenas
1310Z - Course change 90deg.
1630Z - Anchored at Zihauatanejo, Throttle linkage parted during anchoring maneuver.
Engine shut down. Repaired linkage, add 1 qt. Of oil.
Added fuel now 33gal.
Right here I had a birthday. Now 63 years young.
Sheri and Lenore both caught food poisoning from dinner at the Club Med
Dining room. Here we found Rene and signed her on as crew. She had been
hitchhiking aboard Sailing vessels all the way from the
1818Z - Start engine
1820Z - Up anchor bound for Bara Potosi
1840Z - Under way, Jib only.
2030Z - Anchored Bara
1540Z - Up anchor, underway to Tequepa, Under power.
1830Z - Engine off. Under sail
2015Z - Power on, sails down, no wind.
2200Z - Anchored, Bahia Tequepa behind breakwater
Marines Boarded Lorelei
Fuel 30gal. Lube oil OK. Drifter repaired.
We spent a few anxious hours with a boat load of very tough looking Mexican Marines carrying some very large M-16’s. Fortunately we had loaded up on several bottles of Bacardi Rum which allowed us to change what looked like a nasty situation into a pleasant social encounter nonetheless we hauled anchor and departed at our first opportunity.
1530Z - On board work
1) Tightened packing gland on rudder shaft
2) Cleaned contact points on autopilot binnacle
3) Discovered leak in saltwater hose on discharge side of pump. Trimmed and refitted hose
4) Generator belt chafing on fresh water hose. Changed pulley.
5) Replaced starboard jib sheet
6) General clean-up
1935Z - Anchor aweigh bound for
0321Z - Added 1 qt. oil. Course, 100deg.
0826Z - Sighted Isla Roquesta
0900Z - Engine off, roller furler only 1.5 kts
1200Z - Engine off, no wind
1500Z - Anchored at
1500Z - Med tied to concrete dock at Club de Yachtes. Lose starboard anchor and Lenore rows out and sets it - Heavy surge and crazy winter sky.
At this point our satellite navigator gave up. So we
used the sextant from here to
1400Z to 2030Z - 1) oil and oil filter changed, 968 engine hours now
2) Noted deterioration in fuel line, Removed and replaced
3) Checked valve clearances, no adjustment necessary
4) Disassembled and lubricated anchor windlass and cleaned power terminal
5) New halyard lead on spare sheave
6) Replaced terminal on oil pressure switch
1500Z - Refueled 264.2 liters and topped off water.
Anchored in bay, sail covers on, wind generator, assembled and mounted,
wind scoop in place. Sheri heads for
1345Z - Anchor aweigh bound for Puerto Escondido. Course 104deg.
1757Z - Under sail.
0000Z - Under power, no wind
1830Z - Anchored at
1) Autopilot, cleaned contacts and replaced lamp
2) Port navigation light replaced. Power connection
1431Z - Anchor aweigh bound for Puerto Escondido. Added 1 qt oil. Course, 104 deg. Iron jib
2115Z - Anchored Puerto Escondito
1500Z - Topped off fuel, 100gal on board,
Here we prepared ourselves for crossing The Gulf of
Tehuantepec. We had been hearing about this place since we left
1025Z - Anchor aweigh bound for
Course ,South for 1 hour then 98deg.
1412Z - Under sail
1418Z - Caught a big fish
2115Z - Under power, wind 10 to 15 kts. Seas 6 to 8 ft off the stern
0045Z - Anchored Huatulco
1) Checked lubrication and water – OK
2) Removed and cleaned sediment bowel and strainers
3) Lubricated Windless and cleaned clutch
4) Repaired Radar reflector halyard. Trip meter reads 79.8 kt miles
1500Z - Anchor aweigh. Motor sailed all day.
0350Z - Anchored at
0100Z - Over temperature alarm sounds. Temp 212deg. while maneuvering among tankers, Anchored
That night I swore I would never enter a strange port at night as long as I live. You cannot imagine what maneuvering in a harbor with no engine where there are many large tankers, some underway, does for your nerves
Apparent blockage of salt water intake – Added fresh water
1400Z - 1) Reseated lamp and connection on automatic pilot
2) Checked and topped off battery water
3) Checked salt water circulation, OK
4) Re-torqued head bolts
5) Replaced coax to antenna tuner
6) Made connection solid for lamp to LP solenoid
1800Z - Anchor aweigh Puerto Madera. Course 80deg. Motor sailing
1900Z - Under sail, Course 100deg
0300Z - Iron jib on – no wind. Course 110deg.
0930Z - Abeam Aristae
1717Z - Sails up, engine off. Course 130deg. Wind kts. Diesel fumes lead to discovery of rupture in aft section of exhaust pipe Temporarily replaced with rubber hose and hose clamps.
2305Z - Iron jib on – No wind
0715Z - Anchored at Puerto Madero, Fuel 32gal.
1500Z - Aft section of exhaust pipe re-welded. Zinc
electrode added. 28.25 gal.
1930Z - 1 qt. Oil added, fuel filter changed, reset
1613Z - Up anchor at Puerto Madero bound for Playa
1800Z - Watch change, John and Rene
2200Z - Watch change, Lenore and Sheri. Course,
Happy anniversary John and Lenore
0030Z - Iron jib on
0126Z - Change course to 110deg.
0200Z - Watch change J&R
0755Z - Iron jib on again
0830Z - Change course to 120deg.
1040Z - Sat-Nav fix N 13:49 W91:11
1050Z - Change course to 160deg.
1400Z - Watch change S&L
1439Z - Change course to 110deg.
1800Z - Watch change J&R
2125Z - Sailfish strike, Accommodating fish takes line and hook. Two more hookups
2200Z - Watch change J&R
0050Z - Checked oil --- Happy birthday Sheri.
0800 1200: S&L
1200 1600: J&R
1600 2000: S&L
2000 0000 J&R
0000 0400 S&L
0400 0800 J&R
0200Z - Watch change.
0500Z - Change course to 85deg. Due to strong set & drift south.
1000Z - Returned to 110deg.
1300Z - 44gal. fuel remaining in tank
0800Z - Watch change. Porpoises everywhere, sounds and antics
1800Z - Watch change.
2145Z - Iron jib off, 1.5qts. oil added, 42 gal. fuel remains
2200Z - Watch change.
2158Z - Course change 105deg. Cleaned sediment bowl.
All watch changes observed. 10 gal fuel added underway
Winds 18 to 20 kts. Sea-state 6
1215Z - Anchor aweigh bound for Bahia del Cocos, Motor sailing. Course 280deg Sediment bowl and strainer cleaned under way.
1600Z - Making 8 to 9 kts under jib alone. Incredible
2200Z - Anchored at Bahia del Cocos – Greeted by
1 May 1986
1230Z - Anchor aweigh bound for Bahia Portrero
1530Z - Tied to dock. Added 44.44 gal fuel. Topped off water. Changed oil filter. Cleaned sediment bowl, Rebuilt foot switch for windlass. Dissembled main winch and lubricated, Discovered and repaired new hole in exhaust system.
2 May 1986
Replaced alternator belt, Repaired inflatable, sewed
dingy cover, Tuned shrouds, Found starboard rear turnbuckle frozen,
Resealed starboard windows, Cleaned Lexan windows, Note – Bottom zincs must be
replaced in one month.
3 May 1986
1230Z - Cast off
4 May 1986
1815Z - Anchored at Punta Quyepos (Banana port). Fuel 45-50 gal 1.5 qts. oil, cleaned sediment bowl, tightened connection on windlass power engage switch.
5 May 1986
1) Cleaned contacts on autopilot gimbals
2) Replaced power lead to port nav- light, jury rigged lamp socket
3) Added 19 gal fuel
4) Sheri baked a cake and made a pot of beans
5) Navigation calculator reprogrammed
1930Z - Anchor aweigh, chain fouled around both
7 May 1986
1815Z - Anchored at
Talk about a tropical paradise, this is it. We talked
ourselves out of leaving three times but hurricane season would start in
June and we could not waste time. So we said goodbye to Will on Cajun Blue
and headed for the
16 May 1986
1805Z - Anchor aweigh bound for
18 May 1986
1 qt oil added
Repaired sensitive relay on automatic pilot
19 May 1986
Patched new hole in exhaust pipe
Topped off fuel approx. 27.5 gal, tank full
20 May 1986
1145Z - Anchored
1900Z - Anchor aweigh bound for Balboa Bay Yacht Club
2100Z - Moored at BYC, Topped off fuel 63 gal
22 May 1986
0846 - Cast off mooring for
Pilot - Onfre Sousa Po box 1356 Panama 1 Panama,
Line handlers -
1) Will Davis Box 10 Anchor Point,
2) Louis Dupree Box 1594 Seward
Completed transit of canal in tact. Mimosas for crew and Salud to Lorelei, Fethe the cat too
2230Z - Med moored at Cristobal Yacht Club
29 May 1986
1) Replaced zinc on engine salt water system
2) Change lube oil filter
3) Changed fuel sediment bowl and strainer
4) Put bioguard in fuel tank
5) Topped off fuel, added 5 gal.
6) Added water to engine reservoir, What’s happening to the water?
7) Checked battery water OK
30 May 1986
42 gal fuel in auxiliary tank + 30 gal extra in Jerry
New water pressure cap, 7psi
1300Z - Anchor aweigh bound for
Respective watches observed
1745Z - Engine off. Position 4’45”
1220Z - Engine on, no wind
0425Z - Engine off, Position 6’25”
0639Z - Engine off Position S 12:42 N79:08 7’40”
0711Z - 45 gal fuel in main tank
1359Z - Engine on S13:06 W79:02
1429Z - Course change to 60deg. Thunderstorm S13:09 W79:01
1800Z - Engine off S 13:09 W78:57
1845Z - Engine on S W78:57
2125Z - Barometer 29.88 Beautiful Man-of-war along side
2245Z - Engine off S13:46 W78:53, Added 1 qt oil
That was no thunderstorm that was a tropical wave.
The thing hurricanes are made of.
0929Z - Engine off S14:43 W78:33
1145Z - Engine on S14:52 W78:31
1219Z - Barometer 29.9
1232Z - Engine off S14:56 W78:30
1930Z - Engine on Baro. 29.9, Hove to, 20 ft seas,
squally weather, Changed fuel filters discovered fresh water leaking from heat
1830Z - Anchored Port Esquival
1400Z - Guided to
Feast on board: Stuffed Bok Bob (skin fish) rice and
sweet potatoes & Boiled green bananas. Prepared by local cooks Errol, Bailey
& Milton. Sheri sows us a Jamaican Flag from scratch. Looks like the real
thing. Errol, Bailey & Milton were Jamaican fisherman,
they also served as our body guards while we were in
1) Installed new gasket on heat exchanger
2) Cleaned Thermostat and checked
3) Removed and cleaned oil pressure and engine temperature transducers.
4) Re-connected RPM cable
5) Mast head strobe and anchor light not working
1110Z - Anchor aweigh bound for
1600Z - Engine off
2145Z - Engine on
0430Z - Engine on
1035Z - Engine off
1230Z - Add 1 qt oil, clean sediment bowl
1310Z - Engine on
1114Z - Engine off running with reefed main and working jib. Checked oil & fuel filter OK
1940Z - Engine on. Course240deg.
2030Z - Course, 308deg. Sheri made radio contact with
port security and requested to have her mail forwarded to
2130Z - Hailed by a police boat from
They requested that we follow them into
0045Z - Anchored for night in
Temporary repairs to Navigation lights. Cleaned fuel filter, Add 1 qt oil Topped
off engine cooling water.
1705Z - Start engine
1710Z - Anchor aweigh. Last stop before
2100Z - Engine on.
0315Z - Engine off.
0510Z - Engine on.
0815Z - Engine off.
Respective watches maintained, Oil checked OK 45 – 50 gal fuel remaining
1205Z - Engine on. 1 qt oil added. Check sediment bowl, OK.
2155Z - Engine off.
1800Z - Cleaned sediment bowl. Added 1 qt oil. Added 25 gal fuel from jerry
cans. Now approx. 50 gal. fuel in main tank plus 1, 5gal jerry can. Added
12 gal fresh water to water tank from jerry can. Approx. 14 gal fresh
water remains on board. ONE DAY TO GO!
1900Z - Emptied water in sediment bowl. Checked lube oil, OK. 35 miles from KeyWest
1920Z - Hove to outside
1145Z - Imagine! A slip at Galleon Marina,
Called Lenore’s mother friend Carol Ray and sister
Joanne. WE MADE IT!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LENORE
1100Z - Cast off bound for
AND WE LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER
AND WE LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER