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The National Hurricane Center has started an EXPERMENTAL forecast from the U.S. border to Ecuador. The product is in the beginning of a trial phase which will go on for several months.  Keep in mind that this is an experimental product in the beta phase. Use your prudence in interpreting this data especially when making travel plans.
The following 9 reports are available via Saildocs
Send an email to:  query@saildocs.com     with this line in the body of the message:
send http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/experimental/epoffshores/data/WRKOFFPZ7
Zone 11: US MEXICO BORDER TO PUNTA EUGENIA-
Zone 13: PUNTA EUGENIA TO CABO SAN LAZARO-
Zone 15: CABO SAN LAZARO TO CABO SAN LUCAS-
Zone 17: NORTHERN GULF OF CALIFORNIA-
Zone 19: CENTRAL GULF OF CALIFORNIA-
Zone 21: SOUTHERN GULF OF CALIFORNIA-
Zone 23: ENTRANCE TO THE GULF OF CALIFORNIA INCLUDING CABO CORRIENTES
Zone 25: MEXICO - MICHOACHAN AND GUERRERO-
Zone 27: MEXICO - OAXACA AND CHIAPAS INCLUDING THE GULF OF TEHUANTEPEC


For those interested in Central America down to Ecuador, do the same thing but send an email to:       query@saildocs.com     with this line in the body of the message:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/experimental/epoffshores/data/WRKOFFPZ

 

 

CHUBASCO WINDS

CHUBASCO REPORT:  0300 Zulu (9:00 P.M. in Loreto area, 8:00 P.M. in BLA) on 4.149 USB beginning no later than July 15th.  I'll take a look at the various IR websites and give everyone and idea of chubasco potential for the Sea of Cortez each evening.

CHUBASCO 101 FOR CRUISERS:
- What Is A Chubasco?  A Chubasco is a thunderstorm cell (also referred to as a convection cell) or group of cells that begins over the Sierra Madre Mountains on the mainland (they can also originate over the Baja Mountains later in the season) and then moves down to the coast and in some cases across the Sea of Cortez to Baja.  Since these mainland originated Chubascos are coming from the east, it means that the usual wind directions from an oncoming chubasco is going to be somewhere from northeast to southeast.  Chubascos on rare occasions have reached wind speeds as high as 60 knots but on average, I would estimate 35 to 40 knots as the speeds most of us will see in a typical summer season.  Chubascos may or may not contain rain and are almost always preceded by some lightning.

-When Is Chubasco Season?  Chubasco Season usually runs from approximately July 1st thru the last week in September.

-When Do Chubascos Happen?  USUALLY, the convection activity gets started on the mainland late in the afternoon and the convection cells start moving toward the coast in the early evening and arrive on Baja betwen midnight and three A.M. HOWEVER occasionally, the convection activity gets started very late and a chubasco may not arrive on Baja till almost daybreak.  Rare daytime chubascos can also occur (potential for these will usually get reported on the morning cruiser nets).

-Chubasco Or Chubacca?  Since there is no set definition of when is a Chubasco a chubasco, we'll make the definition of a Chubasco as follows for the purpose of this discussion:  Winds generated by convection activity that are 30 knots or more.
Winds generated by convection activity that do not exceed 29 knots are a Chubaca :-).

-What Are The Chances That I Will Experience A Chubasco?  If you will be cruising continuously in the Sea Of Cortez from July 1st through October 1st, you will probably experience three or four chubascos with average windspeeds of 35-40 knots.

-Preparing For Chubascos?  1.AVOID EAST FACING ANCHORAGES DURING CHUBASCO SEASON.  2.  ANCHOR WELL-DON'T SPARE THE CHAIN AND BE SURE YOUR ANCHOR IS WELL SET.  3.  TAKE DOWN YOUR SUN SHADES AFTER SUNSET.  4.  BE PREPARED FOR A MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT RE-ANCHORING DRILL IN CASE YOU DRAG OR HAVE SOMEONE DRAG ON YOU.  5.  HAVE A PLAN B IN THE RARE INSTANCE THAT YOU NEED TO MOVE TO ANOTHER ANCHORAGE. 5.  LISTEN TO THE CHUBASCO REPORT AND PREPARE ACCORDINGLY.  6.  BE READY FOR A CHUBASCO EVERY NIGHT REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU HEAR ON THE CHUBASCO REPORT.

Very cool stuff!
earth.nullschool.net

 

 

Stan on Solemate puts out a great daily weather summary which you can have delivered daily via Sailmail or the web.

Check out his site here

http://www.weather.solmatesantiago.com/fcstemail.html

 

Time & Frequency Change

We always start on 3.968 LSB. Due to lousy propagation, Texicans, solar flares, other nets and Extra-Terrestrial fly-bys we sometime choose to move to a clean frequency (usually just a few KCs down.) 3.950 is a popular spot.

Daylight Saving Time in Mexico

In most of Mexico daylight saving time begins at 2:00 a.m. local time on the first Sunday in April. On the last Sunday in October areas on daylight saving time fall back to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. local time. Central Standard Time (CST) becomes Central Daylight Time (CDT), and so forth. The state of Sonora does not observe daylight saving time. During daylight saving time turn your clocks ahead one hour. At the end of daylight saving time turn your clocks back one hour.

NEW! In 2010 ten Mexico municipalities which share a border with the United States will begin daylight saving time three weeks earlier on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November. Previously all of Mexico, with the exception of the state of Sonora which does not observe daylight saving time, began and ended daylight saving time at the same time. The Congress of Mexico passed legislation in December 2009 which allowed these ten border cities to adopt a daylight saving time pattern consistent with the United States. The municipalities which are now permitted by law to observe daylight saving time consistent with the United States are:

City, State
Acuna, Coahuila
Anahuac, Nuevo Leon
Juarez, Chihuahua
Matamoros, Tamaulipas
Mexicali, Baja California
Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
Ojinaga, Chihuahua
Piedras Negras, Coahuila
Reynosa, Tamaulipas
Tijuana, Baja California

       

HAM TESTS

Ham tests are given in three locations in Mexico's Pacific waters regions - at least that I know of.  At Loreto Fest in Puerto Escondido on the first weekend in May.  In La Paz several times a year from November through May, administered by Dennis Ross of Ross Marine Services - Marina Palmira / SV Two Can Play.  And at the Puerto Vallarta Yacht Club, Paradise Village, Nuevo Vallarta in Bandaras Bay on the last Sunday of each month at 9:00am from November through May.  Folks who aspire to get their license should be encouraged to study for both Technician and General Licenses simultaneously and plan to take both tests on the same day for the same testing fee. 

DINGY STOLEN?

Here is an item that could help.

A 6 ft. steel computer cable that has a 110db alarm.

As featured in Personal Watercraft Magazine. Alarm is Stainless steel construction and weather resistant which make the cable a good lock of choice for all marine applications.

Here is a link:

http://www.alarmlocks.com/

Here is a great link to anyone planning on travel to the south pacific from Capt. John Wolstenholm on  Mr John IV
http://docs.google.com/gview?attid=0.1&thid=11e9ee572869c022&a=v 
 

 


 

EVENTS

 

2014 Loreto Fest

May 2,3,4

 

4th of July Picnic

El Burro Cove

 



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