Cruising Pacific Mexico – Ensenada to Puerto Chiapas
Duration: 1.5 hour session
Recording: The live webinar was held on Wendesday, September 28
Registration Closes: Oct. 1
Instructor: Captain Pat Rains
Course Fee: $25 SSCA Members / $35 Non Members
- Who, What, Where?
- Who? We’re all “Cruisers” down here. Sail & power. Commuter Cruising is on the Rise. VHF & SSB nets.
- Where? Geographic areas in Pacific Mexico: both coasts of Baja, entire Sea of Cortez, all mainland Mexico down to Guatemala. (3,250 n.m.)
- What? Foreign country; Paperwork is easiest in the Hemisphere. Port Captains, Navy.
- Paperwork Cha Cha for 2011 – 2012
- Documents to take, documents to get (new TIP form)
- How to Perform your Cha Cha
- International Arrival (Entrada) at port of entry: CIS offices.
- Domestic port clearances throughout Mexico
- International Departure (Salida) from Mexico
- WX & Routing – When’s the best time to be where?
- Cruising Seasons (Winter, Summer)
- How many years do you have?
- various length itineraries, months & years.
- Pacific Baja – Ensenada to Los Cabos.
- Southbound Express, stops not to miss, areas to avoid.
- Returning: the Baja Bash vs the Coastal Creep.
- Sea of Cortez – briefly north and south ends (detailed in my 9/27 webinar).
- Crossing to the Mainland – Frailes to Isabela, Midriffs.
- Banderas Bay – Regattas, marinas, anchorages.
- Gold Coast – Corrientes to Manzanillo.
- Jewels of the Gold Coast, others OK.
- News about Playa Tenacatita.
- Costa Alegre – Manzanillo to Zihuatanejo to Acapulco.
- When to be here, when to avoid this region
- Where to hide safely if you get stuck.
- Costa del Sur – Puerto Escondido, Huatulco and Tehuantepec.
- Tricks for crossing T’peck during a gale.
- Clearing out (or in) at Marina Chiapas, for another country or return.
- Security for Cruisers in Mexico - briefly.
- Simple precautions to prevent petty thefts.
- Personal security measures other than guns.