The Doldrums to Puerto Refugio
Monday May 1st
What difference a day makes. The 60 mile crossing from Puerto Lobos on the Sonorian coast the 2nd largest island Isla Angel de la Guarda near Baja was nothing like the ride south yesterday. NO wind or light winds on our nose was the situation for the day. As you can see the crew took it in stride.
Our major activity besides lounging was reeling in Yellowtail. The score is Bill 2 and John 0 (goose egg). John took Bill’s fish and made awesome yellowtail fish tacos for lunch.
Flat seas make for a easy passage and we sailed into Puerto Refugio 5ish. 15 miles out we had some excitement seeing humpback whales surfacing and Bill’s hoping to get some done shots of humpbacks.. UNFORTUNTLEY the whales were heading north and no where to be found as sailed into Refugio.
Our anchorage tonight is in the slot between La Guarda and tiny isla Mejia. The area has many anchorages and is know as Puerto Refugio.
Here are some of Bill’s drone shots of the anchorage.
We launched his drone as we approached the anchorage and videoed the passage through the slot. He shot some beautiful video of the of the area that we will organize later when in a fast internet area.
The excitement of the day for Bill was trying to land his drone a mile from the launch point. When the drone got about 5 feet from landing it sensed a crash and immediately flew up 100 feet and took off towards where it was launched. Thankfully Bill recognized the problem and turned off the “return to home” feature. By now the drone power was getting low. A quick emergency landing and crisis resolved.
View into the east bay anchorage area
Tuesday Morning – Very nice evening last night. A little bugging until sunset but very tolerable. It’s nice they go to bed at night and don’t bother us. Panga fishermen were camped nearby and cleaned catch until late in the night with lights while the seagulls worked the scraps. Stars were bight as ever and a cool breeze made it perfect for sleeping.
Today we head for Bay of LA down whale channel, always a interesting sail.
Until the Next Update
Probably no videos today since Bay of LA only has marginal internet but we’re introducing a special feature this leg we call “Teefy Talk”
Casa Bombero has left the safe confines of Cholla Bay for high adventure on the sea of Cortez. the first 3 days could not have gone better!! Lowell and Bill are excellent guides and teachers. We’ve seen Dolphins, Whales, Manta Rays, Sea Lions, and every bird imaginable. Bill is kicking my butt in our fish catching contest (2-0) and I am about 20,000 points behind in our ongoing game of hearts. I’ve already learned a lot about how the sails and the boat work to grab the most wind possible. Lowell and Bill talked me through about 2 hours of sailing during some windy conditions and we all came out relatively unscathed I’ve managed to make myself useful making firehouse meals out of everything locals have given us or Bill has caught. We are just ending day 3 sharing margaritas, seafood, and lies and Guillermo’s on the beach in Bahia de Los Angeles. As much as I miss mi familia I cant wait for what day 4 has in store.
Viva Gato Loco!!