look at Manta cats," they told us while in La Cruz. Then there are J.R. Beulter and Luprecia Dipp of Gudadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, who two years ago bought a Catana 47 cat and christened her Moon and Stars. After having so much fun cruising the cat from Florida to Panama, they've put her up for sale because they've sprung for a brand new F/P Eluethera 60 catamaran. She should be completed in France in about eight months. In other cat news, tune in next month and we'll tell you about Peter Brown's sort-of new Seattle-based Grainger 48 cat Taj. We say 'sort of new' because it was started something like 10 years ago. Seaward, the 82-ft Sausalito-based steel schooner owned by the nonprofit Call of the Sea foundation, left Banderas Bay in March for Sausalito via the offshore or clipper route. We hope to have a report next month on how it went. If you've done a 'clipper route' trip back to California from Panama or Mexico lately, we'd enjoy hearing how that went. "In the March issue, the crew of
the Tacoma-based Westerly 36 Saucy Lady reported very light winds on their way from Ecuador to Mexico," recalls Carol Baardsen of the Napa-based Offshore 40 Mary T. "But in February of '05, my husband and I had a beautiful, 16-day, moonlit passage from the Galapagos to Barra de Navidad. We departed in company with the Peterson 44 Mamouna, which took less than two weeks to reach Zihuatanejo. One night, while 400 miles off the Gulf of Tehuantepec, we had 35 knots of wind, but fortunately it was on our quarter. Close to shore it was blowing 60 knots. Otherwise our trip consisted of broadreaching in 10 to 15
LATITUDE / JR
This scene will soon be repeated, when the schooner 'Seaward' returns via the clipper route from Mexican waters.
knots of wind. We also got lucky, as the ITCZ was quite narrow and moving south as we moved north. Five rainbows, one distant waterspout, a few squalls, and 12 hours later we were out the other side. It helped that we motored judiciously from squall to squall, usually for an hour or
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