Leg 6 – Gonzaga to Penasco
Thursday afternoon May 26th
Time for Big Blue…. Typical run from Puerto Refugio to Gonzaga Bay. Winds faded away as we sailed away from the Whale channel and moved to our stern mid afternoon. We haven’t flown the spinnaker yet this season and today we have the perfect conditions. In fact it’s been 2 years since she’s been up.
We’re 3 hours out from our anchorage and it looks like we can fly her all the way in with a couple of main sail tacks. Heading west the blue hue covers the boat and the crew is in a happy place watching her fly as we head for Gonzaga at 7kts.
Rob get a chance to a downwind spinnaker run.
Lisa fills in for Frankie in the classic
As the crew said “ This was a Bad Ass Afternoon” and now we’re in the Alfonsina’s hotel anchorage in time for happy hour and dinner.
Alfonsina’s is busy. A group of motorcycle riders (10) just came over the mountains from the pacific side. The table above us has a house 15 miles up the beach and is here to celebrate Dad’s birthday.
They have Peggy the puch that was very interested in us but wouldn’t let us pet her.
Below our anchorage in front of Alfonsina’s
The ladies even found some shopping making the anchorage even better. Tomorrow is an easy day so we plan on having breakfast and pick up some ice on shore. Arriving back at the boat late lights are out soon after.
Flying rays as we head out of Gonzaga.
Final stop is our anchorage for the night at Islote Pomo and the cool small cove cut out of this mostly pumas stone. The aerial photo below gives a birds eye view. This area experiences west night time winds regularly and this little cove has good protection and gives us a 90 mile launch to Puerto Peansco.
Cool evening with fantastic last dinner for Leg 6. Everybody is enjoying this majestic anchorage with 1000 ft walls to the south and west. Early to bed as we have a 4 AM departure.
Saturday May 28th
The anchorage walls blocked the GPS satellites during the night falsely firing the anchor alarm around mid-night. Finally had to turn it off with no worries with our new anchor.
3:35 and Lisa and I are awake. We’re going to do the first watch until sunrise. We’re leaving at 4 AM to take advantage of the night time west winds that are forecasted. Like clockwork after we clear the islands west winds lay in and we soon have the motors off. Swells 8’ are abeam and rocking us as we cruise at 8-9kts.
Moring winds may be all there is as the forecast for the central northern Sea is light southerly which won’t give us much push.
All good on Gato Loco
Puerto Penasco here we come.
Until the next update