Cuajota goes Racing?


Thats the plan! I have been thinking about doing this for a few years and now is the time! I plan on doing a FEW races next year for the 2015 Yacht Racing season. The first one will be the longest distance I have travelled by boat…Newport Beach to San Diego. Its called the Border Run and its a low key all boats invited race. Alot of people use this as a tuneup for the more hardcore Newport To Ensenada Race. The Border Run is Feb. 22nd 2015. I am gonna do a countdown to the race and document the training and preparation that will go into getting things ready for the race. This will be intense and fun!

Step 1 is to assemble a crew…Let the fun begin!!

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    Engine Problems!

    When out sailing, I fired up the motor to return to the slip. The motor seemed like it was laboring and wouldn’t rev past 2000 RPM. Normally redline is about 3700. The engine lugged and within minutes It wouldn’t rev at all. It was stuck at 1000 RPM. I put it into neutral to see if it was something wrapped around the prop and it was the same. Wouldn’t rev. I also got black smoke. I looked up things on the internet and the service manual and the things to test were a clogged air filter or exhaust elbow. I removed the filter, cleaned it, reinstalled it and zero difference. The next thing was to check was a clogged exhaust elbow. I removed the elbow from the engine and looked inside. Poked it a bit with the screwdriver. Reinstalled and the engine idled better. No smoke at idle like before. Tried to rev the engine and it revved to about 2500. This is progress. It may not be completely fixed but maybe I have a clue as to whats wrong.




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    Catalina Video!

    I have been working on editing a quick video of the Catalina trip.  Most of the footage is iPhone 5s, with the exception of 3 GoPro clips.  Pretty amazing what you can do with an iPhone and a laptop these days.



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    Cheeki Rafiki

    The yacht Cheeki Rafiki was found capsized in the Atlantic 600 miles offshore. The USCG has stopped searching for the crew. Locating beacons went off but the shipping vessel that spotted the yacht did not see any life raft.

    I just signed the petition “.@USCG Restart the search for the missing #CheekiRafiki crew #dontstopsearching” on

    It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link:



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    Always wanted to see these up close….


    These are the oil rigs off the coast of Huntington Beach. Massive.



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    Saying goodbye to Catalina


    What an amazing trip. Jaime (damn can he cook!) grilled tri tip and sausages on the beach at Two Harbors and we laughed and told stories. Woke up this morning took a nice long walk to Catalina Harbor and saw the pacific on the west side of the island. It was amazing. Now we are motoring back and hoping to get some wind so we can open up the sails and sail on home. The forecast is 13 knots so we should have a mellow sail back in. The next trip is a 3 day around the island.

    Enjoy some of the images.



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    What a difference a day makes!!!!


    Yesterday would have been absolutely miserable. Today it’s fantastic!!! Amazing weather. Good wind!

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    From Choppy To Paradise!


    The first 3 hours were somewhat miserable. Chop. Heading right into it. What was I thinking about even considering going into 10′ waves yesterday! Well today it’s 3-5 and it’s soupy and miserable. Until about 10 miles from Catalina and now is amazing. Deep blue water. Nice breeze and smooth ocean!

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    All systems go!

    Weather forecast looks great! Might be a tad choppy but looks like we will have wind on the way there and back.

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