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Voyages: Cabo San Lucas

Steve and Vickie Gehrke (Cherish, #682) describe their cruise from Channel Island Marina to Cabo San Lucas in November 1992


Our trip to Cabo in the winter of '92 was tremendous. If you are an owner of a '34 you need and should take an extended cruise. It is a wonderful experience that you will never forget or regret.

Take the time and JUST DO IT! In that year the LA basin received 26" of rain, twice the annual rainfall. We went though five storms, had engine trouble, and ran out of bread, but what a trip we had. We followed the history of Juan Cabrillo and earlier sailors, explorers who had sailed this course. It made the trip that more interesting. One night as we were getting ready to leave our anchorage, the wind went from 5kts to about 20kts. We waited but the wind increased and was followed by heavy rain. Naturally we were on a lee shore at Bahia Santa Maria with no life (or help if needed) on shore.

Our 17yr old son had set the anchor on about 10 to 1. We held even when the winds reached gust of 40's. Our 11yr old daughter made a medal from construction paper in the morning and we had an award ceremony to our "No 1 anchorman". Later when we got to Cabo that storm was all the talk with the cruisers we meet there. We had a party when we crossed the Mexican border complete with "Champainge and noise makers and popers" at around midnight.

When we crossed into the Tropic of Cancer, I ended up partying by myself. (It was again in the middle of the night.) We finally reached Cabo after a leisure trip of about two weeks down the coast and had Christmas on Cherish.

Last modified by Phil Imhof, Monday, August 09, 2004 . Copyright 2001 by Catalina 34 International Association.  All rights reserved.