Puerto Lobos to Bay of LA
Windy Day Lobos to Refugio
Monday April 22.. One of the better daytime crossings in recent memory. Shortly after motoring out of the Lobos south bay we shut our engines down with a 15kt breeze on our port beam. Gato Loco is cruising at 7+kts with light seas… Couldn’t be any better.
Happy crew with no motors and the tunes a jamming.
60nm crossing in less than 9 hours..Friends greeting us below.
Bill’s Curse …Bill always worries about the bugs in Refugio. I guess I’ve always been lucky in past visits BUT this time we arrived with a full on gnat infestation. Swarms on our heads force us to drop anchor in the west channel where the winds was blowing 15kt and relax on the front deck using the wind to help keep them away. Time to celebrate a perfect crossing by opening the Lynnie & Jeffery’s special bottle of Don Julio tequila.
No hope in defending the boat from the gnats, so nothing to do but wait for sunset when they go home to roost like a bird.
Excellent carni asada dinner after all our friends left.
The west bay is susceptible to rollers coming in from the channel and as we clean up dinner things get a little worrisome so we pick up the anchor under a beautiful near full moon and move to the east bay near where Doug and I anchored last year. Perfect, windy but totally calm seas. Making for a quiet night of sleeping.
Tuesday April 23, 5:45
Jeffery and Craig are up and decide to wake the boat so we can get underway. We are near full moon and Whale Channel will be flowing north on our nose after 8AM. No wind in our anchorage BUT as we motor through the slot to the west bay the channel looks rough. 2 ft chop and 15kt winds greet us coming up the channel as we clear the dangerous rock pile reef outside the west bay. Slug, slug is the word for our first couple of hours but as we get more distance from Isla la Guarda winds lighten and seas flatten. There was point that conditions seem to be worsening and we discussed the conditions verses going back to the bugs in Refugio. The crew might mutiny if I said back to the bugs so we pressed on which turned out to be a good decision. Soon we were motor sailing on flat seas. UNTIL.. There a Baja shore area in the channel where Pacific air spills over to the channel and today it’s blowing at 22-25kts from the west. We’re ready with only the jib flying. 45 minutes of stable 23kt wind we decide to put the main up and power through with an hour of sail only time. Channel currents are 2kt against us as we approach Smith island entering Bay of LA. Overall a good passage considering how things looked earlier in the day. Breakie as we slug the channel……>>>^^^
Bay of LA by 3… Lunch on the way.. Lynnie and Jeffery are galley extraordinaire crew mates creating exceptional creations from the galley. We’re definitely being spoiled on this leg. Lightly sired yellowtail salad / sesame seeds and wine for lunch (seriously)!
Anchor down in Bay of LA at 2:15… All well on Gato Loco
Until the next Update. 🙂
Leg 1 Information
Cruise planning estimate
Saturday 20th, dinner ashore, sleep on board for sunrise departure
Sunday, 21, Puerto Lobos, meals on board
Monday, 22, Puerto Refugio, meals on board
Tuesday, 23, Bahia de Los Angeles, dinner ashore, internet, provisioning
Wednesday, 24, San Fransiquito, meals on board
Thursday, 25, Santa Rosalia, dinner ashore, internet, provisions
Friday, April 26, Isla San Marcos, meals on board
Saturday, April 27, Bahia Conception, dinner ashore
Sunday, April, 28, Mulege, dinner ashore, internet, provision if needed
Monday, April 29, San Sebastian, meals on board
Tuesday, April 30, San Juanico, meals on board
Wednesday, May 1, Isla Coronados, meals on board, internet
Thursday, May 2, Puerto Escondido, dinner ashore, internet
Friday, May 3, Loreto Fest…
Tides and Moon for Bahia de los Angeles, Baja California Norte, Mexico
Units are meters
Sunrise 6:02 AM USMST, Sunset 7:03 PM USMST
Moonset 2:29 AM USMST, Moonrise 2:14 PM USMST
Low Tide: 6:24 AM USMST 0.6
High Tide: 11:49 AM USMST 1.2
Low Tide: 5:25 PM USMST 0.5
Sunrise 6:01 AM USMST, Sunset 7:04 PM USMST
Moonset 3:05 AM USMST, Moonrise 3:11 PM USMST
High Tide: 12:09 AM USMST 1.8
Low Tide: 6:48 AM USMST 0.4
High Tide: 12:40 PM USMST 1.4
Low Tide: 6:23 PM USMST 0.4
Sunrise 6:00 AM USMST, Sunset 7:04 PM USMST
Moonset 3:42 AM USMST, Moonrise 4:10 PM USMST
High Tide: 12:44 AM USMST 1.9
Low Tide: 7:14 AM USMST 0.1
High Tide: 1:21 PM USMST 1.7
Low Tide: 7:10 PM USMST 0.3
Sunrise 5:59 AM USMST, Sunset 7:05 PM USMST
Moonset 4:19 AM USMST, Moonrise 5:12 PM USMST
High Tide: 1:16 AM USMST 2.0
Low Tide: 7:41 AM USMST -0.1
High Tide: 2:00 PM USMST 1.9
Low Tide: 7:53 PM USMST 0.3
Sunrise 5:58 AM USMST, Sunset 7:05 PM USMST
Moonset 5:00 AM USMST, Moonrise 6:15 PM USMST
High Tide: 1:48 AM USMST 2.0
Low Tide: 8:11 AM USMST -0.3
High Tide: 2:39 PM USMST 2.2
Low Tide: 8:35 PM USMST 0.3
Zoom in to our cruising grounds
😆 Sounds like a great time, without the gnats of course!
Hey Jeffrey and Lynnie, can’t you come up with a dish using the gnats!? Seriously, it sounds like you guys are having a fantastic time. Be well and hope to hear lots of great reports.
http://www.mexfish.com/bola/bola/francmp/francmp.htm – Fishing Chart in San Fransiquito
I Gillion gnats. Extra extra virgin olive oil if there are any virgins named olive left in Mexico. A splash of citrus and the rest of the don Julio. It will taste like shit but you won’t care
Hey Dad (Craig) –
Looks like a cool trip! We’re headed to the ocean tomorrow too! Have a good time heading down the coast and keep the photos coming! This should be good practice for sailing around Italy huh?
Maybe the cooks need to be a permanent crew!~? You certainly are feasting well!!
Jeffrey and Lynn- All the girls at AMS want to say Hi and we are enjoying the pictures! Hope you both are having a great time! Lynnie you are taking some gorgeous pictures!! Love you guys! See you soon!
Here at Impact Auto and Truck all are very jealous. Those views are amazing. Also looks like you guys are having fun. Stay safe and happy sailing From the guys at Impact
Look at Lynn in her pearls. Always the classy Lady! So jealous reading all the details of the adventure. Miss you guys and can’t wait to hear from you again…love you both.
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