Poor weather conditions delays starting Gato Loco’s leg 1
Wednesday evening (Apr 21)
Penasco was not spared from the effects of the big weather front passing through the southwest. Tuesday’s weather was good for working the “sail-away” punch list but winds cranked up last night. Strong north winds were still blowing during our morning walk and it’s much cooler. Watching internet weather sights, there seemed to be a good chance winds would lay down this afternoon giving seas some time to settle a bit so we don’t have to pound our way south. Craig and John arrived around 4 pm in time to motor Gato Loco over to the fuel docks where north winds made it more challenging to dock. From that point on winds continued to crank up with sand blowing over the marina. I’m always saying schedules are “weather permitting” and we’ve decided it seems like a good idea at the moment. Early tomorrow, we will assess the conditions and decide on what’s next.
As a result of weather we’re flying our warning flag?>>>>>
Yesterday, Bruce joined Frankie and I to give us a hand. Oil change, new topping lift line and clean and repack the grease in the wenches, knocked off the biggies on the list. Frankie had fun getting everything below deck in shape. Long day but we accomplished a lot.
The picture below was taken tonight at sunset as west skies clear flooding light under weather clouds in the area. The beach is covered with sea foam from the pounding waves. Actually it not that bad, Brian measured 25mpr gust with a steady 18-20. Gato Loco has sailed in these conditions many times but given the choice of a warm house or sailing in storm conditions, the decision was obvious.
Delay one day..
Until the next update.
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oooh, surf’s up!!!! Happy sails.
Wow, looks like I would have been able to surf out front of the casa with the winds blowing so hard. Hope you are able to launch with calm seas and the wind at your back!
How come you didn’t invite me to “grease the wenches”? Happy Sailing
What great photos! The Sea of Cortes is as gorgeous when stormy as when calm, at least in photos.
What a bunch of weenies! She is sail worthy to 40 knots, dont let the wind blow your skirts up!
Seems to be settleing down now.. Hope you have a good night’s sleep.. and a happy sail manana! Bon Voyage.. mis amigos!
Have happy, fun and SAFE sailing! Can’t wait for next blog.