San Sebastion to Conception Bay.
San Sebastian Cove was good to us all night. We pulled anchor by 8:00, cleared the reef and headed Norte. We have a long leg ahead of us today of around 8 hours. It could be shorter if the winds pipe up from a favorable direction. We are hoping for South winds in the 10 to 15 mph range. This is exactly what happens 3 hours into the sail. The spinnaker is hoisted, sails trimmed and we begin to put more miles under our hulls. Along the way there is much wildlife to be seen. Alisa spots a turtle and soon after she spies a huge fish of unknown variety leap from the water, causing a large splash. Dorado? Shark? Neptune? hmmm!!? Most of the morning the Manta Rays kept us oooing and ahhhing as they performed their spinning flips and leaps out of the water. Very entertaining. As we make our way up the coast we pass many shrimp boats. They trawl for shrimp Septembre through Marzo and then for the next 4 months they fish for sardines. Friendly waves are exchanged whenever we come in contact.
As we near Punta Concepcion the winds begin to get a bit frisky! We are still under spinnaker and charging along at 8.5!! We will be rounding the point soon and the winds are building more. We drop the spinnaker, take the wind more on the beam and the boat accelerates!! We are seeing wind gusts to 35 and the speedo is in the 10’s Roger has been minding the helm and keeping us on course. Bill is our guardian showing us the way through the channel. Our sail is exhilarating!! Within 30 minutes the winds begin to lighten and the bay becomes lake-like. There are many beautiful islands and sandy bays in the area and we set our sights on one called Playa Santispac. The first order of the day is find some ice. We spot a store and dingy in. We stroll across the hot,hot sand, reach the store and pull on the chained locked door that reads “Closed Wednesday” Hey!! What day is today??!! Arrrgh!!! Soooo, anchor up and off to Burro Bay. Anchor down..and dingy in to a cool little restaurant named Bertha”s. Never met Miss Bertha but the 2 guys minding the bar and kitchen did an awesome job! Scallop tacos, fish tacos, scallop cocktails and hurache. Oh, I forgot to mention the “fish bowl” margaritas! Whoof!!
After lunch we strolled the small beach that contains about 20 shacklike homes. They are located on waters edge. This area has a very small tidal range unlike Puerto Penasco. During our stroll we come upon the home of Geary Ritchie. Geary has been living here for 15 years and he is the voice of the weather reports given at 8:00 AM every morning. After good conversation, we are back to the boat. Eventually we find our final anchoring spot and begin “Movie Wednesday” The movie is Nacho Libre!! Lots of snickers, fun and then off to bunks. BUT, then, because of natures calling we discover the water has extreme phosphoresence. What a show!! Lots of small creatures in the water making for millions of sparkles!! Well, thats it for our super dooper day..Yea!!!!!!!
Brian, Heather, Bill, Roger, Alisa, Mike and Carl
Leg 1 April 11-19, Crew: Lowell, Bill, Dave – Puerto Penasco to San Carlos
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