Santa Rosalia by sunset
Sunset my ass!! We use an average boat speed of 6kts when we figure an arrival time which puts us arriving 6:30ish for the 76NM passage. We cross into Baja Sur just before Santa Rosalia putting us on mountain time making it 7:30 basically a sunset arrival. Chris and I are up heading south at 5:30 to make sunset. Notice a pattern here. We’re near a new moon creating currents near maximum that can help or slow progress and the early departure puts us on the favorable current side for a few hours. No sails and motors 3/4 throttle we’re pushing 7.5 kts. 10 AM we see white caps at a distance to the west. Time to raise sails readying for a ride. Soon we’re pushing 9kts and winds are gusting in the high 20s. Damit we should have reefed as we set sails. With a little struggle, we’ve put the 1st reef on the main and the jib partially furled and now riding comfortably in the 8kt range. Santa Rosalia here we come. The last 3 hours we’re back motor sailing but the earlier push puts us in at 5:30 well before sunset.
Arriving, we hit the fuel dock, settled into a slip and headed to Tanka’s Grill for dinner. We have a long standing friendship with the owners Arturo and Edwardo and always have a great meal and hospitality. Tonight’s no different.
Arturo and Edwardo aren’t here tonight when we arrive but the bartender Daniel makes a call and they soon show up. They’re very busy and have run out of ribs the boys want but there’s lots of other choices.
I’ll let the pictures speak to how the evening went.
Friday morning is a slow start. We checked in with the marina did some provisioning and had breakfast before departing to Bahia Conception. All slow but good on Gato Loco.
Until the next update