Sophia and I are heading home today. Most of my crew are staying to explore La Paz for a few more days and Roxy will take care of Celtic Song. I know CS is in good hands with Roxy!!! It feels great to have navigated successfully the first two legs of our cruise. Another thing to note that is super about this marina is that all of their water is made from reverse osmosis. The drinking water here is the best.
I want to thank my crew for helping to make this voyage successful. On the first Leg from San Diego to Cabo, John effortlessly took over the role as head navigator, computer operator and ireach check-in person. He trained me how to use all the new electronic systems that I didn't have time to learn before leaving SD. John has a quiet, gentle way that helped to keep Celtic Song moving forward steadily and safely. What a great asset to the team. Anna was always eager and enthusiastic to learn and often ahead of me to help make the upcoming watch schedule, figure out more detailed functions of Coastal Explorer. Thank you Anna. Shelly was amazing in quickly learning any task that was put in front of her and always ready to give a hand to anyone who looked like they could use it, and I love her way of connecting with all the other cruisers:) Everyone on the first leg was so proficient in all the navigation systems and trustworthy on watch that we all slept peacefully through the night passages. We all learned how to deal with the Spinnaker. Roxy was a great support in all areas, especially taking care of everyone basic needs....like food!
Our new crew of Cheryl, Sharon and Valerie brought another breath of fresh air and laughter aboard. Sharon is always ready to go out and explore and she is fearless. I love her love for life and her physical ability to do,( as far as I know) anything. She rowed our dinghy out of the surf effortlessly and can raise the mainsail with her own strength and no need of the winch. Sometimes I think she is a bionic human!!! And thank you to Cheryl who is my angel by my side; especially navigating that last channel in the dark, giving me a feeling of calm and immense appreciation for life. She is always anticipating what needs to be done and is either doing it or getting ready to do it. Wow
Valerie is our newest crew member. She came bravely trusting her life to us and did whatever was asked of her, even if she felt she wasn't ready or didn't quite know what to do! What a wonderful person to have on board. Everyone did more than their share, and that is what made the experience so easy. Roxy, well, thank God she was here. With her life long experience of living and cruising with her family she brought a grounded and secure feeling on board. When I was very tired she took over and made sure we were ready for anything that might come our way. She was always ahead of me on getting the boat ready and I hardly ever asked her to do anything. She just did it and was an expert in all aspects of cruising, taking care of the boat and the crew. Roxy you are amazing! And Sophia who would come play and explore with me anytime and anywhere I wanted to go. Well at least almost. She didn't really like swimming all the way to the shore in Cabo. I could tell by the look in her eyes.
Thank you all and looking forward to our upcoming passages with you all onboard!!
Diane and Celtic Song
Diane Berol is an ocean adventurer and the captain of Celtic Song based in San Diego, CA.