Leg 4 – Puerto Escondido – Puerto Gatos (May 11 -12)
Leg 4 starts Mother’s day with us becalmed in Puerto Escondido.
Crew change and provisions in place, we motored south from Puerto Escondido with light SE winds. It’s 3 PM and not a lot of time to cruise to our next anchorage. We’ve hoping to make Candeleros South 15 miles south, a new anchorage for us. Bob is now our fishing expert onboard and quickly has his line in the water. Since we’re motor sailing we steer over the string of reefs south of Isla Danzante hoping to improve our fishing luck. Candeleros S. is tucked in a small cove amongst the shoreline cliffs facing north and perfect for today’s wind. The cruising guide said it was ample for one boat and we see Aztec setting at anchor as we arrive 6ish. A quick survey and there’s plenty of room without encroaching on Aztec’s space. Beautiful spot with sand bottom and the best snoorkeling yet with a narrow split in the shore protecting us to the east and deep rocks below the surface. Aztec turned out to be a very friendly boat from San Francisco giving us tips on the anchorage and hiking arroyo heading SW.
Crew walking near the east split. Split flooded at sunset forming picturesque island.
Light winds prevailed through the night giving the new crew a restful night after their traveling and exploring of Loreto Friday night. Clouds have been with us the past few days and early morning brought us a light sprinkle.
Monday… Kerry & I went to check out the snoorkeling first hand. We still have cloudy skies making the light a bit low but definitely every bit a good as advertised. Probably a good anchorage to start with Leg 7 for our free divers Roger & Carl.
Today’s destination back to Agua Verde… Light winds and flat seas soon makes us reconsider our anchorage destination finally deciding to motor further south to Puerto Gatos or Timbabichi.. Shore scapes heading south become red in color with mountain ridges running towards the seas producing bright colored cliffs as they collapse to the sea. Light winds come and go along with cloud formations. Gerry on the ham net said it’s the pineapple express sending clouds in from the Pacific and probably preventing much solar wind from developing. Final decision for the night is Puerto Gatos where we find 5 other boats anchored off the beach on the northern part of the bay along with a fishing and kayak camp near the rocks at the north end of the bay. Clouds now gone and heat setting in the anchorage water is perfect for swimming. Oh yes,, I forgot to mention that Bob caught a 20″ mackerel just as we were taking sails down.
Better YET!!! Shortly after anchoring Manuel motored over to our boat and asked if we need fish or lobster 🙂 We promptly placed our order for 5 lobsters for dinner and he motored away with one of our cold beers to fill our order. Later he informed us that lobster diving was not so good this evening bringing us only one lobster and two nice bottom fish. He said he would try to fill our lobster order tomorrow before we leave.
Great dinner feast with 3 fish and a lobster and enough energy to watch an episode of Flight of the Conchords. Too funny…
Another quiet anchorage night. Will Manuel show up with Lobster tomorrow?? We certainly hope so…
Lowell for the Gato Loco Crew..
Leg 1 April 11-19, Crew: Lowell, Bill, Dave – Puerto Penasco to San Carlos
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