Seas and hand steering... Heading south from Bay of LA in Salsipuedes
channel seas continued to grow along with wind speed (27kts). Big
through and wing & wing sails soon became more than we could
manage. Furling the screacher and sailing with the main without reefs
to be manageable with the wind at our backs. Isla Salsipuedes here
we come at 10kts... yahoo!!
Arriving at Isla Salsipuedes early we
had a quick lunch at quiet anchor and decided to make a run for Isla
Tiburon's SE point to Bahia Los Cruces. This will get our Sea of
Cortez crossing back to Sonora out of the way today while we have
wind and make tomorrow's leg shorter. After starting across we
had some doubts that this was
a good decision as we will have to motor sail hard to make anchorage
before dark. Winds dropped and came back stronger three times. Approaching
Tiburons west shore in the channel between Tiburon and Isla San Estaban
seas built with the biggest sets all day. Luckily we soon sailed
into the lee of Tiburon and seas settled out but winds held at 20-25kts.
Skies at sunset in Bahia Los Cruces indicate the weather we
The luck of
Tiburon graces us again. Last year as we rounded the SW point of
Tiburon we scored scallops from local divers.
Tonight we drop anchor and immediately a ponga comes from the beach
and ask to trade lobster for candy!!!
Frankie and Vicki have long faces as we
hand over 2 boxes of Dots and chocolate marsh mellow eggs. As we feasted
on a great dinner we were already making plans to stop by this anchorage
on the way back to Penasco.
N / NW wind anchorage. Winds still gusting and it's probably 60 as
we call it a night. A very
Cruise Itinerary details
crossing yesterday allowed us to sleep a little later and do some
quick exploring. Cruising guide indicates another sea cave nearby
but we will have to visit it next time. Looks like a great snorkel
spot as water is crystal clear over rock reefs.
Cactus pass on the SE end of Tiburon as we head for an anchorage north of San
Carlos. Whales ahead!!
Until the next update… The Gato Loco Crew