Club Nautico De Mazatlan A.C and Old Harbor anchorage

 If you want to get a mooring ball or just anchor in Old Harbor then you would want to use this dinghy dock.

End of April 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico

Club Nautico De Mazatlan A.C. This was used a lot back in the day before the new marinas were built to the north of the city. Still a good place to stop for a few days.
Looking out into Old Harbor
Looking to the right from the dinghy dock.
 Some of the mooring balls.
  Some of the mooring balls and anchorage area.

 Looking at the locals area for sport fishing etc.
Looking to left from dinghy dock.
Baja to Mainland Ferries on the other side of  a break water.
 Looking at the club house.
 You can see the poop plant tanks in the background. The poop plant is across the street. What you see is the area of Club Nautico De Mazatlan A.C.
 The dinghy dock which is a safe place to leave the dinghy all night if need be.
 The entrance to the club house.
There are no air conditioned spaces and the place is a little run down . It still works good for a place to land the dinghy. The cost is about $3.00 USD a day. 
 The street out front is not just for car parking.
 Local spot fishing fleet.
 There is a peninsula that runs out to Club Nautico De Mazatlan A.C. and then on up to the El Faro light house.
This is the ocean side of the peninsula.
This is the ocean side of the peninsula.
Some of the art on the peninsula.
To the right are some small restaurants or taco stands and tiendas. Notice the moder lamp posts that run all along the road to Old Town Mazatlán.
The buss runs by Club Nautico De Mazatlan A.C. and they hang out down by the hill you see. That road to the left leads to Olas Altas Beach by Old Town Mazatlán.
Road by poop plant.
Poop plant. If you get the right breeze or wrong breeze you will smell the sewage treatment plant while at anchor.

La Costa Marinera - Mazatlan for dinner

We (Chip and Debbie on s\v Elegant'sea) went for dinner here at La Costa Marinera with Rick and Cindy on s\v Cool Change. Great sunsets!

End of April 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico

Note this is a catch-up post from back in May 2016 when we first arrived in Mazatlán.

Nice Mariachi band.
Nice sunset.
Rick and Cindy on s\v Cool Change and us, Chip and Debbie on s\v Elegant'sea.
Fish tanks inside restaurant.

We have sailed between this island and the restaurant.
Picture-perfect evening with good friends!

We sold our four hp/two stroke Mercury outboard motor

Yes we sold our Mercury outboard. It was a 4 hp two stroke and ran like a top.
We have had it stored under our bed in the stateroom for 5 years...never needed it. So as they say, we will need it soon because we sold it. I am betting we do not. We have a solid Honda 9.9 outboard we bought new just before we left for Mexico. It has run flawlessly and is quite quiet and fast. In the Barra-Bahia de Navidad lagoon we clocked ourselves at 15 knots. That is with Debbie and I both in the dinghy.

End of April 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
Debbie digging down in storage
so we can get at the Mercury outboard.
This makes s\v Elegant'sea a bit lighter!

s\v Elegant'sea sailing Marina Mazatlan to Stone Island

It was 7 knots of true wind with 9 knots of apparent wind and that gave us about 5.5 knots of speed. The wind was out of the SW and later clocked around to mostly West. The seas were flat but there was a decent size swell which was breaking on the beach.

End of April 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
The end of El Cid Marina.
The channel exit is to the port as the break water
curves to port.  Looking back on El Cid Marina.
Debbie taking us out of the Mazatlán channel by El Cid Marina.
Looking back past El Cid Marina to the channel that goes to Marina Mazatlán and back into the estuary. There are lots of canals and bridges back there and it is fun to kayak or dinghy back there exploring.

The little stone beach which is part of El Cid Marina.
The exit to port.
We turned to port after the pile of jetty rocks
and the next point of land to go out through the islands.
Starboard side of the channel out.
Leaving the channel looking to the port side.
The channel entrance is side ways to the ocean. So you come in and turn to port. If you stay more port you avoid some of the rollers and breaking waves to the starboard.
Turned to the West now and heading out we immediately came upon a fish net.
To the starboard is Cerritos beach Mazatlán. Nice beach but rather steep for walking on although we did walk it all the way back to
This is just wrong (the fish net part)! Anyway, we decided to head along the coast and then up between the Islands, The Isle of Deer and The Isle of Wolves (Isla de Venados e Isla de Lobos).
We could have navigated around the net but it seemed easier to detour.
One reef in the head sail now. We are getting our sea legs back.
Debbie taking us out. We have the full main up
but the head sail has a reef in it to start out.

We have shaken out the head sail reef now and are enjoying a lovely sail.
Full sails out now.
Beautiful day!
Hamming it up.
The beach is Playa Olas Altas and is located in Old Mazatlán.
This is called The Malecon, that we sailed along
on the way back to the Marina staying inside the islands.
El Faro Island has the highest light house in the world.
We have friends that rent the top floor year round in the smaller condo building to the left. We called Boni to tell them to look out the window but I think it got lost in the conversation. Anyway, it was fun to call them.
Coming back to the channel.
This entrance is on the port side. Not an easy place to go in
and out of for the first few times and definately not at night.
Last fall when we came to Mazatlán we were about to enter the channel but wanted to get fuel at El Cid Marina to top off for the summer. Debbie called El Cid Marina to make sure the fuel dock was open. They said yes but....there is a dredge blocking the channel entrance a bit in. Wow! Lucky we had called because how would you know that! We did donuts for about three hours before they moved the dredge and went to lunch. Call first if you are not sure..El Cid Marina is on channel 16 and the Mazatlán morning net is on 72 at 8 30 am. We happen to be net controllers (s\v Elegant'sea) on Tuesdays for next two months.