Capt. Patricia Miller Rains (U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master) cruised her 28-foot trimaran and a 44-foot Peterson around the Sea of Cortez for 5 years while working as a freelance writer and photographer, later as a yacht-delivery skipper. Since marrying Capt. John E. Rains (U.S. Coast Guard 3,000 Ton Master Upon Oceans), she has logged more than 100,000 n.m. skippering a variety of yachts (sail & power) up and down both coasts of Mexico and Central America. She has transited the Panama Canal more than 30 times, each time skippering a different boat. She also worked as a bridge officer on a research vessel for the U.S. Navy. Capt. Pat has crossed the Pacific, the Caribbean and the Atlantic – not on cruise ships!
Since retiring from yacht delivery in 2005, Capt. Pat Rains and husband John now cruise for pleasure with friends and former clients, and Pat is constantly updating her nautical guidebooks – “Mexico Boating Guide,” and “Cruising Ports: the Central American Route,” and “MexWX: Mexico Weather for Boaters.” Her daily, weekly and monthly columns in nautical publications include “Under Way” and “El Reporte” in The Log Newspapers, “Mexico Report” in SEA Magazine, and frequent articles in “Cruising World,” “Power Cruising” and other national publications. Look for Capt. Pat’s popular cruising seminars at Trawler Fest, Strictly Sail, the San Diego Boat Show and local yacht clubs. Sign up for her Cruising Mexico webinars via the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA).
Capt. Jim Elfers = author of “The Baja Bash II” Capt. Jim has skippered or crewed on everything from Tall Ships to racing multihulls, engineless sailboats to mega sportfishers. After first single-handing in Mexican waters, he returned stateside and obtained his US Coast Guard License and began his main career – delivering yachts on his favorite routes between San Francisco and Acapulco – also running Strider Yachts in Ventura, California. He later ran Coast Chandlery in Cabo San Lucas, bought land, married a lovely local lady, built a ranch and surfing resort at Todos Santos – and he’s currently raising a nice family and is the best dockmaster The Marina at Puerto Los Cabos ever had. “Stop in and say Hola,” Jim says.
Kathy Parsons = author of “Spanish for Cruisers” newest edition. Kathy has been a sailor, teacher, corporate trainer and served with the Peace Corp in Nicaragua. She has an MBA from Harvard University and travels worldwide. Her Spanish for Cruisers is considered standard equipment aboard cruising boats in Mexico and Central America, so it’s often used as the text book for impromptu Spanish classes that cruisers put together in marinas and cruising ports along this route.
Reanne Hemingway Douglass = author of “Baja California Map” – Reanne is a plucky sailor and adventurous spirit in all she does. Besides this Baja Map, mariners should know her from her autobiographical classic, “Cape Horn: One Man’s Dream, One Woman’s Nightmare” – thrilling reading for when you’re safely anchored in one of the pleasant ports you’ll find on her Baja Map. But don’t read it during rough weather at sea or when needing patience with your own Capt. Blye! Reanne is a dear friend and one of my real life heroines. She and hubby Don Douglass write the Pacific North West cruising guides.