South Bound on the Sonoran Coast. (Thur April 17th)
|We woke up Thursday to see what our anchorage looks like. Arriving after dark with moon light all seemed well but it’s hard to know what’s below the surface. Day light exposed some rocks below the surface but not in harms way. Winds blew all night from the north making our protection perfect. Today will be a shorter leg with 35km on to the San Carlos area. We will be anchoring somewhere near San Carlos and heading to a marina on Friday. Time for some maintanence and exercise before departing from our anchorage.
<<Beachcombers do a good job of finding shells. Lots of sea erchions shells that are delicate spheres as displayed by our Gato Loco display table.
Pulled anchor 9ish and as soon as we cleared the anchorage protection we set the spinnaker in 14k NW breeze. Looks to be a good day of Sailing!! Heading for Isla San Pedro and the wind is building
10:30: we’re forced to take the spinnaker down with winds up to 20. Main sail alone and we’re doing 8-9kts. Arriving at San Pedro we’re surprised to see fishing boats in this wind, even tiny 16 footers?? Time to jibe to San Carlos with wind at 25 gusting to 30. Swells running from the NW with the big guys growing to 5′. Autohelm is not going to work here besides what a great point of sail allowing (me) to steer and surf down the big ones hitting our best speed of the trip of 14kts.
We decided to head for the Catch 22 beach and take cover from the now steady 28kts with higher gusts. The beach has two connected islands that knock down the seas but not the breeze.
1:30: While entering Catch 22 bay our phone rings but we’ve got our hands full with the wind. Dave scrambled and caught the call. It’s Ted & MaryJo Cornutt and their at “The Soggy Peso Bar” just in front of the temporary anchorage we’re heading for. Ted will be flying us back to Penasco on Saturday.
This has, by far, been our best sailing day yet for this leg and we’re glad it’s over.
Hoping our anchor holds, we jump in the dinghy for what looks to be a very wet ride to the beach. Yep… Very wet .
Heading to shore turned out to be a long layover as we finish with dinner just before dark giving us just enough time to find a real anchorage for the night.Finally set anchor in the center of the bay 100 meters off the beach where we could get a good anchor hold in sand. Wind backing down but still at 15. Tomorrow’s forcast is back to normal with afternoon breezes, much better to enter the marina in.
Friday… Good night anchored on the Catch 22 beach. Marina Real is just at the south end of the bay and too convenient to not try to getting a slip at. It’s been a while since we’ve seen this marina. Beautiful homes line the beach on the peninsula providing protection, in fact new construction is everywhere. Even our friends from Cholla Bay are building a new home just at the marina entrance. Perfect.. the fuel dock is empty and we found they have a slip for us with an extra bonus they have long term car parking for $40 a month that Bill can use when he returns in a week to head for Baja.
Back on shore, today is our day to take care for last minute details on the boat before she heads to Loreto. The screacher head sail needs some repair, the mast light needs replacing and a few other minor things need attention. Friends Ted and Don picked us up at 11 to drive us to the sail repair shop, then lunch and on to Ted & MaryJo’s house they bought at Miramir beach near Guaymas. More details on this in the next update. Back to the boat at 5 to start packing up for our flight to Penasco tomorrow when our friends Wade & Judy show up to show us their house that is 75% complete. It’s going to be spectacular. Dinner at Banana’s with Wade & Judy and finally back to the boat at 10. Where did the day go?? Next update, our travels back to Penasco by air. Should be interesting to see some of the cruising grounds by air..
It’s getting late…
Until the next update… The Gato Loco Crew
Leg 1 April 11-19, Crew: Lowell, Bill, Dave – Puerto Penasco to San Carlos
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