Tiburon to Sonoran Coast (goodbye Baja)
Tuesday afternoon sail from Isla Partida to Isla Tiburon was typical conditions with winds building all afternoon finally blowing 18 as we arrived at Tiburon. Both anchorages Willard North and Willard North East have good protections from the SEasternly winds. Last June on our way back to Penasco we were in the north anchorage so we settled in northeast anchorage. Winds spill over the island giving a us an nice breeze, not that we need it as temp is in the low 70s and water temp is mid 60s here in the middle of the Sea.
.Tiburon anchorage, Gato Loco facing the long sand beach>>>>>
One more whale picture from our crossing. We altered course to stay with them a while but they did they’re best to keep up us at a distance.
.Prescott College students at our anchorage.
We set the anchor around 4 PM and relaxed a bit when unexpectedly a panga full of students popped into the anchorage. Here we are in the middle of the Sea of Cortez with guests. Let’s see what their up to… Turns out that Prescott College has a cultural and ecological studies center in Kino and they’re camped near by in Willard South as a base while exploring the area as part of a college class. Many of them braved the water with full wetsuits on and said it’s a great place to snorkel. We’ll be back in June when the waters are warmer, maybe then. Director of the group, Ed Boyer, told us they work a lot with CEDO (the UofA center) in Penasco.
Wednesday morning… Our anchorage was calm all night. Pretty cool sleeping under blankets. Bill had good luck fishing from the boat catching 3 rock bass quickly. Nobody wants to clean fish so they’re released.
Underway around 8. Currents are working against us as we round the SW point of Tiburon heading SW (6.5kts over water but only 3.5kts on the GPS). Winds light to non-existing in the AM.
Lazy afternoon with light wind at our back from the NW. Motorsailing, lounging, cards and emailing with good cell service as we sail off Kino Bay heading SE toward the Sonoran shore. Suddenly it’s 4:30 and we realize we’re not going to make our anchorage by dark plus winds didn’t clock around as we expected so our Los Japoneses anchorage isn’t going to work. Time to clean seaweed off the motors and focus on sailing to pick up some time. 45 minutes before we reach shore the sunsets. Thank goodness there’s a near full moon so we hopefully can make it into our new anchorage selection after dark. We’re now going to Las Cadenas South. Looks like an easy approach. Anchor down 8ish with winds still blowing 10 from the north. We got good protection with a little swell rolling in. Should be a good night. Dave had dinner prepared as the sunset so with the anchor down it’s time for dinner and listen to the Suns last game.
<< last photo of the night taken with moon light only. Boy it’s bright! Beautiful evening making it hard to head for the bunk.
Good night, 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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