IN LATITUDES circumnavigation with his then partner Mark Spanjiian, reports that friends Bob Lynn and Kleon Howe of the San Diego-based Peterson 44 Rhiannon did a 12-year circumnavigation. "There are more of us out here than some people think," he said. We know that there are a number of lesbian sailors out cruising, too. Have any of you gone all the way around? Don't try to tell the folks cruising in the Sea of Cortez this spring that the earth is experiencing global warming. According to several sources, it was so cold in April and May that "nobody was swimming" in places like Loreto and Agua Verde. The water temp is reported to have been 66 degrees, about 15 degrees cooler than most years. The afternoon air temperatures were said to be pleasant enough, but still cool. As for the evenings, it was downright cold, even as far south as La Paz. And then there's Catalina, where the water temperature was 63 degrees, also close to 15 degrees cooler than last year. Before anybody claims this as proof of anything, remember that Aristotle famously said,
"One fine day doesn't make a spring", and that last year's water temps at Catalina were as high as anyone could remember. "Latitude asked about XM radio reception south of the border," write Cheryl and Ron Roberts of Lazy Days. "The XM radio service you get in Mexico is the same one you have in the States — they just don't tell you that it works in Mexico. Unlike you, we had reception all the way to Guatemala. We bought the special marine antenna, but discovered that the car antenna that comes with it works better. We held back on buying XM service before we left the States because we couldn't get confirmation that it worked. But when we spent the summer in P.V., we found out that lots of folks were using it. So
The water was so cold in Agua Verde this May that boats reported having to dodge icebergs on the way into the desert anchorage.
we picked up a car unit the next time we were back home. We eventually lost service in Guatamala, at which point I just called XM and canceled the service. A lot of folks say they go cruising to get away from the news back home, but we thoroughly enjoyed having some news and entertainment on the overnight and long passages." Very interesting. We seemed to have
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