Punta Pulpito and San Juanico
Thursday May 11th
Yesterday we made our way south from Mulege to Punta Pulpito. You got to love these north winds when you’re heading south. We had a beam reach that slowly turned into a downwind run as we approached the little anchorage of San Sebastian. We were hoping to anchor there for night but these north winds have seas up to 6’ and they are making their way into the anchorage.
No problem, there’s Punta Pulpito 9 miles further south with great north wind protection and we get to sail for another couple of hours. There’s one other catamaran in the Pulpito anchorage as we arrive but they soon leave giving us this huge anchorage to ourselves.Pulpito is a huge rock point that extends out maybe 1/4 mile and is 450’ tall. On the open sea side it has two huge window arches and a sea cave all too rough today to explore. Bill was able to fly the drone to get some great shots including an awesome close encounter with a small pod of dolphins. Check out the video. Before leaving the anchorage we took the aggressive hike to the top of Pulpito. Well Bill and John made to the top I said uncle 2/3 of the way up. John proudly set on top in the photo.
Late morning winds are back and we head south another 10 miles to San Juanico. With winds 20+ at our back we make the passage with our little jib sail only doing 6+ as we surf down following seas. Very comfortable ride. John spent the entire leg on the bow loving ride as we surfed the waves.
San Juanico is our first anchorage with lots of boats, 10 today as we enter and unbelievable find our favorite anchor spot open. The main reason there’s so many boats is the strong north winds. Everybody is taking refuge from the wind but still facing 20 knots on the flat waters of the anchorage. Near sunset winds lay down allowing us to enjoy the evening anchorage activities including an awesome full moon rise over the pinnacles just east of our anchor location. The resort above us appears busy as lots of lights come on after sunset.
Friday May 12th
Cool werterly last night for a very restful night. Play condition today so we breakout the inflatable paddle board for some morning exercise.
This is the anchorage with the cruiser tree with 20 plus years of boat memorabilia offering There’s been many a Gato Loco offerings over the past 14 years. We’ve brought a stone from Smith island in Bay of LA to create this legs offering. Bill and John took this design and added crushed shells to highlight the text. We’ll see how that holds up over the coming years.
Looks like we’ll have our first light wind day as we haul anchor for Isla Coronados near Loreto. But first the water has warmed up and it’s time to play a little at the pinnacles at the south entrance of San Juanico.
Until the Next Update
We all survived the day after Mulege and are back into nice rolling seas with great wind for sailing. My favorite spot is the little bench seat on the bow of the boat. I’ll sit there all day with my legs hanging off the end almost touching the water. Its about as close to surfing as you can get on a boat. So one of the awesome surprises has been how much hiking we have been able to do. The peak at Papito was about as high as Camelback to the helipad. Terrific view of the sea and the Gato Loco from the top. As the seas have calmed we have broken out the paddle board and the snorkeling gear a few times added even more fun to our big fun! Getting ready for the last few stops before our flight home. Cant wait to see what the last 2 days have install for us!
Until the next, and last time……..Teefy out!!
And before you make fun of my enormous, flying nun, floppy hat try spending 14 days on a boat! It comes it pretty handy!