Kino Bay Crew Change, May 14th – 15th (Mon – Tue)
Cruisin North to Penasco
Kino Bay Crew Change, May 14th (Mon)
Another good crossing!! Sunday we crossed the Sea to Kino in 10 1/2 hours with light SE winds and flat seas. Cruisers always consider these conditions the safest for a crossing but we usually prefer a little more action. Flying dolphins were the hi-lite. Fishing boat heading to Guaymas>
(Sunday) Arriving in Kino we used GPS coordinates for Rick’s contact (ride to Hermosillo) Perry & Susan’s house on the beach and dropped anchor right out front. It’s Sunday afternoon and the beach was busy. Perry and Susan immediately swam to the boat where we had fresh ceviche from the fish Bill caught 10 miles out. Their recommendation for dinner Jorge’s. We’ve eaten there on past cruises. Good food and prices… Crew felling lazy so we played some more hearts and remain anchored off the beach for the night hoping winds lay down for the night.
(5:30 Monday) Cross swells have been hitting our anchorage for the past hour. One particularly large swell hits and that’s all I can take so up comes the anchor in search of some smooth water for a few more hours of sleep. On deck, I find we are in fog and smooth water is south in the heavy fog bank. It’s a cool slow motor following the shore line south toward Old Kino until swells disappear indicating we’re behind the off shore island fully consumed by the fog. Anchor down for another hour of sleep after cruising along most of New Kino’s foggie shore line.
(9:00 Monday) Perry at the Old Kino peer to pickup Rick & Marina. Surfs up a little making it a interesting challenge to get bags a shore. Marina makes her usual beach landing entertaining us 🙂 Extra bonus, Bill’s friends the Mosley’s from Flagstaff (who have a house here) meet us and give us a ride for supplies and a mini tour of Kino. We found out the local search & rescue uses channel 24 and gave them a call to give them our next days plans..
Brian & Heather Heffernan our good friends from Cholla Bay will be our new crew. They should be arriving Mid-day.. Right on schedule they’re on the peer waving.. Waves now too large for beach landing so we load from the peer dodging fishing lines from the locals fishing.
With no time wasted we’re off. Winds 18kts from the SE and were hoping to sail most of the leg to Willard anchorage on the SW corner on I. Tiburon. Brian wastes no time before catching a HUGE fish for dinner. It’s must be beginners luck! 15 of 48 miles down as we go through Cactus pass on the SE corner of I. Tiburon where winds are gone and the ETA to our Willard anchorage is looking near sunset. Crew watches as several towering cliffs appear in the distance horizon and the clock ticks toward sunset as we motor sail near shore. Is this the final cliff… Nope! Finally rounded south shore of Tiburon just before sunset and set the anchor in 18kt wind gusts in North Willard a comfortable protected anchorage. It’s our first time here so we were very happy to have good light to anchor. Almost cold here (60s) in the middle of the Sea of Cortez. Great dinner and early night since none of us got much sleep last night..
(6:30 Tuesday) (Hola amigos, Heather here!) We all slept fairly well so it was up early, pulled anchor and we were off. As we headed out of our Willard anchorage, we spotted a sea lion which of course we, ( Heather) named Willard. He was busy fishing for his breakfast and paid no attention to us. We have a great breeze from our stern and we immediately raise sails and are on a great sail to Bahia de los Angles. Too bad that great breeze only lasted on hour. During that hour though we enjoyed a French Toast breakfast cooked up by Bill. As the breeze began to die, and the spinnaker was going up, Brian spotted a Fin Whale to starboard…this is really turning out to be a great 24 hour start to our leg of the voyage. Motoring now…so it looks like Bloody Mary’s, some cards, and keeping one eye out on the flat water for fins, tails, and splashes and, oh, yeah, land!!
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