Adventures of Maia | Blog
An adventure, sailing and cruising throughout the world with Laura, Dick and Ellie.
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Hannah and I stowed for Sea, while Dick checked us out of the Marina. Returning our gate keys we received 1000 pesos back, (about $50 u.s.), so Dick went to the Marine store, bought a few things then went by Starbucks and brought us back treats! We left Marina Vallarta by 1040.

We motored across Banderas Bay to anchor for a couple hours while Dick cleaned the bottom and Hannah and I did our last few things with Internet. While crossing the bay I was focused on putting out a Facebook post. Once we anchored in Punta Mita (at 1345) the wind really started to blow! Of course internet was slow, using our cell connection, so our final time was frustrating and slowly productive.

At 1635 the engine was back on and we were on our way to the South Pacific! We turned into the wind to raise the main, headed out a bit, then unfurled the Genoa. We have been sailing ever since!

Winds were in the 15-20 knot range with 4-6 ft swell and wind waves. The sea had us rocking and rolling around, which was not the best for Hannah and my stomachs! I actually was feeling pretty good, then went down below to grab something, quickly came back up and blew chow over the rail. It happened another time, when I quickly went down below. Finally at 1230, I was off my night shift and quickly climbed onto the settee to sleep. Hannah’s been feeling pretty lousy since about 1800 yesterday. I’m feeling better, but still mostly hanging up in the cockpit or sleeping down below. Luckily, Dick has a stomach of steel!

We have beautiful weather, just needed a light jacket last night! Today tank top and shorts with the life jacket layer on top. For the first 17 hours, we were sailing around 7 knots, if we keep up this speed we would be in the Marquesas in 17 days! Currently, (at 2230) winds and seas have mellowed, wind is blowing 11-13 knots, our speed is around 6 knots, with a much nicer sea state!

We are expecting a 21 – 30 day journey. We hope to be in the Trade winds for most of the journey, but will also go thru the ITCZ, the doldrums and cross the Equador! Most people experience squalls when going thru the ITCZ. What does MoNa have in store for us? We will watch the weather and keep track of where the squalls are and plan to head over the top of them. It looks like we have quite an exciting journey in front of us!

How far did we go? March 29 – 140 miles

Food, food, food, shopping, shopping, stashing away. We have been stocking up on food to last us 3 months or more. Also, making sure we have maintenance items that may be needed for Maia. We have heard that it can be hard to find things until we get to Tahiti, which may take as long as 3 months. (Getting excited!)

Continuing to work on projects; putting together the ditch bag, storage for the V berth, re-marking chain, deck drain cleaning, sail inspections, rig inspection, store Jordon Drogue, install high water bilge alarm, defrost the fridge, find charts wanted for the South Pacific area, organize First Aid kit, make copies of documents. Sewing projects included; lee cloth, galley strap, screen repair, mesh container for settee storage. They all turned out great!

We are in La Cruz Marina. We took a break and spent about a week at the anchorage. We have really been enjoying it here. Meeting new friends (Small World, Borboleta), seeing old friends (Salt and Light, Aloha) and friends of friends. There has been lots of different talks; provisioning, suture class, weather, radio, circumnavigation…. Also, the Puddle Jump group has been meeting on Sunday morning. It has been good for dissemination of information! Thursday night movies, easy bus rides into Bucerias, Walmart, Mega, Soriana, Chedraui and the “Bee Store” that has spices, beans, nuts & seeds. The 8:30 morning net on 22, is really informative and helpful.

We have been tying up a bunch of loose ends, (including this blog). We expect to be leaving with the next weather window that could be any day!

The epic Costco shopping trip!

We were packed into the car! Thanks Kristin for taking us to Costco and putting lots of stuff on your lap.

The Costco haul!

Thanks for the weather talk, Mike (PV Sails and North Sails)!

See Hannah watching Dick. She is belaying him.

Heading out to the Anchorage! Wait, I am not onboard!!!

See Mighty Merloe! We have seen her in San Diego, Cabo, San Diego and now here in La Cruz!

Dick has a new toy! It is just about time to start playing on it.

Defrosting the freezer. This is the freezer section of our fridge. The box freezes things well. To bad it is not bigger! Wow, there is so much more room now!

Cutting out mesh for the settee compartment covers.

Storing Jordan series drogue.

Sewing is creative and fun!

Hannah makes bread!

Crossing off things on the list! See our new storage cover with snaps!

Dick, Laura, Hannah with Krystle and Kraig from s/v Small World. (yes it is a small world!)

Here we are in Marina La Cruz, we arrived in Puerto Vallarta on February 10. We had a nice trip down the coast with stops in Isla Isabel (check out the pictures of the Boobies), Machacan Bay, San Blas, (beautiful little town), and Chacala (fun to swim in and hang out on the beach).

Trevor and Macie arrived on Feburary 15. We had a wonderful week visit with them. We sailed from Marina Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta to Punta Mita and saw lots of Whales. It was really cool. When we were pulling up anchor to head to La Cruz, we had a whale come visit us about 200 ft away! Such an awesome treat! Trevor and Macie went to Sayulita for 3 nights (we went for one). What a fun town, lots of great energy, places to eat and an awesome beach with some good surf. It was crowed with tourist’s!

When we arrived in PV, we first stayed in Marina Vallarta. It was perfect as we were able to walk to the airport in 20 minutes to pick up Trev & Macie. There are several grocery stores nearby and we met some cruiser friends. The big news is, that we have a crew member for the crossing to French Polynesia. Hannah is awesome! She is a super hard worker and is keeping us on task! We are so happy to have her onboard.

I got super sick last week and am still trying to recover. We have been busy, trying to get everything ready for the crossing. I am looking forward to feeling better!


Our cockpit is where we spend most of our time while we are underway.

Sunset in Isla Isabella

The anchorage at Isla Isabela.

Blue footed Boobie’s!

Another inhabitant in Isla Isabella.

We have peeping toms!

in San Blas, Mexico

The beach in Chacala.

Another fun dinner with Leilani and Mike, s/v Aloha.

Leilani comes for a visit, with Aloha behind at Punta Mita.

We had a great overnight sail across the Bay of California to Mazatlán. We had some good wind and were able to sail for quite a bit of the journey. The wind picked up right when we went out at 0800. During the night you could see the phosphorescence in the water. As the phosphorescence flowed away from the boat, it looked like twinkling stars. Sometimes I wonder if it is just the stars reflecting in the water!

We had a fun and hot time in Mazatlán. It was such a wonderful surprise to see our friends, s/v Salt & Light, (Kristin, John, Toby & Karis). We first met them last year as we were heading down the Baja coast in Turtle Bay. Such a cool family who spent most of this past year in Mazatlán. It was great to reconnect.

The people in the Marina were super friendly and we went to the Marina’s beach club to watch the elusive Lunar Eclipse. The moon was shinning bright, until right before the Eclipse was starting and then it disappeared into the clouds, never to appear during the eclipse. We also had a memorable day when we went to see the tide pools in Punta Cerritos and then had an amazing walk back down the beautiful beach and ended up at the Infinity Pool at the Marina Mazatlán Beach club. It finally felt like we were on vacation!

We spent two nights at anchor in Stone Harbor. Amazing to run into Shala, another Sceptre arrive with Harry and Evgeniya.

Heading into Mazatlan!

Infinity pool, ahhhhhhh

We encountered some traffic leaving Mazatlan, see dredge behind on left.

Sunset on the great Pacific Ocean.

Getting a little surfing in!

We were very surprised to see Shala, another Sceptre arrive at Stone Island anchorage. Fun to meet Harry and Evgeniya.


We are in Cabo! We arrived on January 18 and have been enjoying our time in Los Cabos. We anchored in Cabo San Lucas for 5 nights, we went into “town” a couple times. We paddled out to “Lover’s Beach”

Just a sliver of La Luna

With Leilani from s/v Aloha

Lover’s Beach

Hair braiding on the beach in Cabo.

Picking veggies at El Ganzo Centro Comunitario!

, one morning and had a lovely time on the beach. We even saw a whale that was feeding close to shore! After the beach we paddled to the main “tourist” beach and walked along the shore. As we were walking past a small restaurant we were approached by the proprietor who said we could leave our kayak and paddle board on the beach and enjoy lunch! It was super nice and relaxing, with our toes in the sand. The food was good, and the atmosphere was awesome. I even had my hair braided, while we were sitting there! Leilani and Mike had arrived the day before, they came in and joined us for lunch.

We had a couple of quick days in San Jose del Cabo. It was awesome to wash Maia after 3 weeks. We went for a bike ride and found a neat sculpture garden. We were also able to get fresh greens at the El Ganzo Centro Comunitario! (Art & garden program for the local kids!)


It’s 9:30 and I’m on another night shift. I am feeling ok, I took over an hour and a half ago. A boat went by the Starboard side 45 minutes ago. I had to be on my toes, I never saw it on the radar or the AIS. It is gone now, and it was good to give me a perspective on everything.

It is a beautiful clear night, lots of stars. It is a new moon, so not seeing La Luna at all tonight. The winds are calm, so we are motoring, we are on our way to Cabo. Our speed is 7-8 knots with the help of the reliable Pacific swell. We expect to reach Cabo tomorrow afternoon. The weather is so much warmer! Yea!

We arrived in Turtle Bay on Sunday afternoon and anchored behind Aloha, in the main anchorage near the village. We never got off the boat but connected with Mike and Leilani over the radio. They were surprised we arrived so soon, (I think we motor faster than others!). It was a calm night and we slept well. The wind started to blow in the morning, so we moved over to the South side of the bay. It was much calmer there and it was nice anchoring. We were in between some fish traps, but other than that it worked out well.

After our third night we decided to take off around noon. The wind was supposed to pick up during the day (as a storm was blowing in. What were we thinking?) We had a lovely afternoon sail. I was thoroughly enjoying it, as I could see the storm approaching from the North. Dick came up and immediately reefed the main, but left the genoa up and then tried to gybe it. That did not go so well, it got back winded and the boat was heeling over! We eventually got the genoa, rolled up. The rain lasted 30 minutes and then the wind waves were picking up and we were rocking and rolling. Not fun!

Our original plan was to sail overnight down to Bahia Santa Maria, but as the evening wore on Dick decided to go and anchor in Bahia Asuncion. That sounded great as I had wanted to stop here (the other times we had gone by). However, it was a dark and scary night with the wind and the waves, going around Punta San Rouque. It was hard to see, so Dick was steering with the chart plotter and radar. He did a great job and got us in safely. When we arrived, we were greeted by a pod of feeding fluorescent small seals. It was really cool!!!

We decided to stay in Bahia Asuncion for another night, it was a fairly calm day in the anchorage, but we could see the wind and the swell out on the ocean. Aloha arrived in the afternoon and had a really tough day. We both decided to leave the next day and head to Abreojos. Well, we had a crazy afternoon, as the wind and waves picked up as we approached Punta Abreojos. We ended up having a windy and rolly night. We left early the next morning for another overnight sail. We were thrilled when the anchor was down the following afternoon in Bahia Santa Maria.

We really enjoyed Bahia Santa Maria, we spend 3 nights there. We finally got together with Leilani and Mike in person! We had dinner on Aloha, Coffee on Maia & Leilani and I had a wonderful afternoon one day, when we swam into the beach and talked & talked & talked. (So good for the soul!) Dick and I had to make a tough decision, whether to motorsail down to Cabo, or stay another night and sail in 25-30 knot winds with increased swell and wind waves. We decided to motor and had a good overnight trip.

A beautiful calm morning in Bahia de Tortuga. Then the wind started to blow.

Dicks new toy!

Gorgeous sunset in Turtle Bay.

Living the Dream!

Nice evening on Aloha. Greet to finally meet, Leilani and Mike in person.


Another beautiful sunset on the Great North Pacific.

Fun sailing!

It is a beautiful morning and the sun is trying to shine through some light clouds. I took over at 0800 as we were coming up on Isla Cedros. I made an awesome breakfast, a “Jocko special” with veggies, black beans, tortillas and eggs. I noticed a flock of birds off the end of Cedros (generally a sign for open your eyes, whales are nearby!) I was drinking my tea and then I saw a spout. Woohoo, we have whales nearby. I am treated to a show. One of the whales breaches high out the water a couple times!!! Thank you, MoNa, what a wonderful site! This is why, I am doing this!!!! Seeing the natural beauty of the world out here on the Great Northern Pacific Ocean. We will be anchoring in Turtle Bay later today. Yea! We expect to have a couple day layover.

La Ballena! Whale!!!

It feels good to finally be out on the great Pacific sailing south (as we had been “threatening” to leave San Diego since the beginning of December). It also feels sad (we do not know when we will be returning). Currently, we are South of Ensenada on our way to Isla San Benito and/or Bahia Tortuga. We left Ensenada, Baja Naval around noon yesterday and motored up to Marina Coral for fuel. Once we headed out we got hit with wind and waves! Awesome for Sailing, not so awesome for a weak stomach. However, I was only feeling a little queasy. I took some homeopathic Sea Sickness medicine and put on my acu-pressure wrist bands. Because fuel is such a rip-off in Turtle Bay, we were hoping to sail and that is what we are doing!

I am on my second night shift and I’m struggling a bit being out here. I was feeling so yukky yesterday, all I could do last night was listen to Podcasts. (Which was ok as they were all Oprah and were inspirational.) My mixed-up feelings are back; why am I doing this? I am not enjoying myself now, but aren’t I supposed to be? Aren’t we living the dream?! For the last 30 some hours we have been rocking and rolling. I’m still not feeling 100% because of the Sea state. Will I be able to spend 3 weeks going down to the South Pacific?

Oh yea-we do not have Ellie with us anymore. I know it is best, but I really do miss my little girlie!

We have been having amazing N/NE winds, so we have mostly been sailing Wing & Wing. The weather has been cloudy last night and most of today. With the cloudy weather, we plugged in the new generator and put some charge into the batteries. Glad to see it works!!! When I started my shift, I could see beautiful stars up above, but closer to the sea, there were clouds all around and now the clouds have spread higher, so I can’t see much of anything. I think this journal writing is working! I am feeling better already!!!

I am excited about the thought of traveling around the world, it is just the overnight thing is super hard for me. Leaving and always being on the move is also hard, but it is an amazing journey we are on!

When we left Ensenada, we noticed another boat behind us. We received a call on the radio and it was Aloha, Mike and Leilani! We have talked on the radio a few more times and last night I could see them tacking back and forth and I could see their lights as they passed in front of us. Now I can see them on the AIS, they are closer to the Coast about 26 miles away.

Woohoo, 18 knots of wind! We are sailing!!!

Dick making us go faster!

It looks cold and stormy. It was mostly windy, it doesn’t rain much down here in Mexico.

Sailing wing & wing!

Ellie at her new home with her bud Sawyer!

It’s been 4 days since we left the USA behind! We left San Diego harbor early morning on December 31 heading to Ensenada! It was bittersweet, excited to be heading South, but sad to be leaving family, friends and the US behind. Our current plan is to continue further South this Spring after spending some time in Baja & Mainland Mexico.

We motored to Ensenada as the winds and sea were nominal. It was nice to have an uneventful trip with little swell and arriving 8-1/2 hours after leaving SD. As it was a holiday, we waited to check into Mexico until Tuesday. Our New Year’s Eve was quiet, and I did my best to stay awake and welcome in the New Year, (East Coast time). I was sleeping sound soon thereafter.

Dick contacted friend, Patrick Oleda, who lives in the “wine county” above Ensenada to let him know we were once again in town. Around noon on New Year’s Day he picked us up and brought us up to his humble ranch for the afternoon. We got to check out his new abode and spend some time with his lovely wife, Adriana and daughter Linda (who’s birthday was the next day!) Adriana was busy making carrot cake and cupcakes for mañana’s fiesta. We were treated to a lovely meal of fresh bonito, Patrick had caught earlier in the day with guacamole and other accompaniments. We were home early, for a quiet evening aboard.

January 2 we checked into Mexico. Our marina, Baja Naval prepared the paperwork for checking in and checking out of Ensenada. We strolled down the familiar walkway, shops and streets to de Puerta Capitian and the Aduano (customs office). We began at Immigration and were given a form to fill out and sign, then we paid our fee and were given back our passports with our zarpas and pointed in the direction of the port captain, the next counter over. Paperwork is handed over the counter and we wait for it to be returned.

While waiting we met Leilani and Mike from s/v Aloha who are checking in also (with a guide from their marina, Cruiseport.) They are finished first and we say our goodbyes. Soon our paperwork is handed back over the counter and we are told we are done. As we went through this process last year, we feel that we are missing a step. We decide to buy our fishing licenses on our way back to the marina office. We also stop at the local Starbucks to see how it is in Mexico. We had been told it was different, but it seemed the same to us. Lots of people in the store on the internet, and they had my Emperors Cloud tea!

Upon checking back in at Marina Naval office, we are told that yes, we will need to go back in the afternoon and pick up our departure papers from the Port Captains office. So glad we had just been here six months prior. We also met up with Isa & Thomas from s/v Jade Akka, we had a nice dinner in town and also got a tour of their amazing ship!

Heading out on our journey South! Mexico here we come

A calm morning in San Diego harbor

Leaving San Diego harbor

Leaving San Diego, Point Loma in the distance!

Goofing around

Arriving in Mexico, putting up the Courtesy flag.

Arriving in Ensenada

Wohoo, we are in Ensenada, Mexico! (December 31, 2017. at 1825)

Patrick’s new house in the wine country above Ensenada!!

Working on the Blog! Cool image by Dick Peek

with Tom and Isa from s/v Jade Akka

On November 6 we moved back to the dock at Seaforth Marina. We were heading to Denver / Boulder for an early Thanksgiving with Sister Claris, niece Mellie & Mike. Trevor and Macie drove over from Salt Lake. We had a great weekend also celebrating Danny Coronelli’s 60th birthday!

For the next 6 weeks we prepared for our departure from the US, heading to Mexico and beyond. As we are not sure when we will be back, we spent time on boat projects, stocking the boat and trying to make sure we are all set for the journey South. (We had some fun too.. celebrating my birthday, enjoying the holidays & we even had a Bon Voyage Party!)

We met Thomas and Isa on s/v Jade Akka on our way out of Mission Bay and met up with them again in the A9 anchorage. Meeting new people is a fun part of this journey!

One of the hardest things we had to do was say goodbye to our Ellie girl who is retiring in sunny San Diego. At 13 she got an offer from cousins, Jocko and Sue to come stay with them in their super dog friendly household. When we drove away she hung on the front steps, happy to be staying on land. We miss her terribly, but know it is the best thing for all.

Our new dingy, chaps & all! Thank you Craigslist.

Enjoying Dog beach in Ocean Beach

Hike in Boulder, with Danny Coronelli, sister Claris, Macie & Trevor.

Claris, Macie & Trevor

Woohoo! New LED light. One more project completed.

Sunset in Mission Bay

Our liferaft

My new uke.

So fun to have Viola, Gloria & Martha visit!

Our first bike ride on our new Dahon bikes!

Good girlie, Ellie

Christmas tree decorating selfie

Oliver P admiring the motorcycle.

Grandnephew Oli on is 1st birthday and my XX birthday!

Oliver and his birthday twin, great Aunt Laura

Hazel, grandma Jean & me

Oliver & Laura’s birthday!

Family photo

Ellie peering over the edge.
Where did you guys go?

Dick heading up the mast to attach the new radio antenna

Dinner with Jane and Greg Fox

Dinner with Jane & Greg Fox. Fun time!

Ellie girlie, you are missed!

Ellie jumped quickly out the of the dingy for her last time.

Ellie saying goodbye to MAIA. She looks happy!

Ellie and her new family. Cousin Rudy, with Ma & Pa. (Sue & Jocko)

Ellie with her new P’s; Jocko and Sue

Ellie at her new home!

Oliver, Ryan, Erin, Nikko and baby Fin.

Selfie at our Bon Voyage party!

Laura with Arturo and Joaquin. Say cheese!

Casey and Rosa

Bren, Jed, Jamie, Angela, Anna and Esa

Oliver and Grandpa

Anna, Leah, Ned, Erin & Ryan

Isa and Lele with Tia Angela

Beautiful nieces, Anna and Erin

Looks like they are all having fun!

Uncle Dick and Joaquin. Yes, the Peek curls.

The Aray children

Sunrise in San Diego, view from our bedroom window

Little man, Oliver!

The city lights of San Diego

La Luna in San Diego bay

Anna sporting her new jacket. Thanks Uncle Dick!

Onesies for Oliver’s baby brother!

Cousins, Joaquin and Oliver

Isa & Lele with Santa

What a cutie!

Fun ride to Shelter Island

The Seth Peek family, with Karen and Cosmos

Christmas morning with the John Peek family

Oliver opening presents with Mom, Erin.
Oliver and Mama

The Aray fam

Uncle Dick!

Sunset at San Elijo, with Peek family behind us

Isa, Lele & Jimmy

Niece Anna, nephew Ryan & Grand-nephew Oliver

Sister Leah & me

Sisters Wig & Maude

Brothers Peek- Bob, Dick & Ned

Oliver and Lala

Check out the smile on Oliver

Oliver, Papa & Grandpa

Mama & Gordo

Lele enjoying the fire

Awesome campfire at San Elijo state beach

Isa with her eye mask

Isa and Mimi

Laura and niece, Teddy

Laura and sister, Wig

Dick and nephew JT