Considering a sailing adventure to Mexico? Just look at how engrossed that guy is in the book! Grab a copy of the Unauthorized Guide to Sailing in Mexico, and you too can find yourself sitting on a Mexican dock with an oversized (but very attractive) hat.

Unauthorized Guide to Sailing in Mexico

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Monday
Oct252010

said goodbye to my friends Ryan and Alex today

This morning, along with the rest of the Baja Haha fleet, my friend Ryan and his wife Alex left San Diego bound for Mexico (and finally, France) onboard their Mariner 40 Shalimar. It was great to see them embarking on something so challenging and rewarding, not to mention something that they've worked very hard on. Other sailors might be able to understand this but to my land lubbing readers, it takes a lot of work to get a boat around the world. 

Ryan and I have sailed together on several occasions on four different boats. In fact, the first real time I spent with Charlotte was with Ryan as the three of us headed to Catalina for a few days onboard his dad's Lancer. 

Beyond sailing, I worked with Ryan back in 2001 and continued to work with him until a few days ago. When I was in my band I played in his garage at a party, and we were eachother's best men in our respective weddings.

So it was with a heavy heart that I tossed his bowline onto his deck and watched them sail away.

Ryan's mother who was on the dock as well this morning ribbed me a few times, saying this was "all my fault" since I dragged Ryan into sailing in the first place. 

I remember zipping around in my old Ericson with Ryan and he'd half-jokingly say that we just needed to swing by Vons to pick up some groceries and we could head down to Tahiti that night. 

I know I'm rambling, but it's hard to get all those emotions lined up properly. Happy to see him go, sad to see him go, excited to see him go, and a tinge worried about their safety (as any friend would be). 

Fairwinds my good friend, and I'll see you soon. 

Ryan and Alex have a blog, although it's primarily in French.

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