05/25/2012, Isla Danzante
As much as we enjoyed the day time amenities of Bahia Candeleros, and the fabulous Villa De Palmar Resort, the night time winds were just to much. But more on that in a minute.
We slept in this morning, and then set sail north to a small anchorage, just to the east of Puerto Escondido, on the small island Danzante, called Honeymoon Cove. The weather was calling for the winds to switch to northerlies, and Honeymoon gives good northerly protection. Unfortunately the wind has not switched, is still 10 knots out of the south, so we have a very bumpy anchorage right now....we are hoping that they are right on the weather and this will in deed switch some time tonight. We set the sails right away and had a great sail, close hauled at 13-16 knots, with flat calm seas, and a boat speed of 5.5-6 knots, right on a straight line to where we were going to...that doesn't seem to happen much!
We are learning that the weather here along the Baja certainly has some interesting peculiarities. With high heats of the land, the cool water, low pressure and high pressure gradients, the winds that blow across the Baja from the Pacific side, and the spin off of the hurricane "Bud" south of us, there is some wild weather to try to predict. In many parts of the Baja, the cool winds from the Pacific side come blasting across the warm desert and into the sea of Cortez. Then you have localized westerlies from the super heated mountain range that also rush down to the cool water in the evenings. Then there is the tropical low that sits south of us most of the year, which then pulls wind south, or pushes it north depending on the weather in Southern California, Arizona, and the "Four Corners Area", depending on how the pressure gradients run along the length of the Sea. What all this mumbo jumbo comes down to is that in any given area, the weather can just plain do what ever it wants, despite the best predictions of the Weather Guessers.
At Candeleros, with the steep mountain range so close to the water, every night that we were there, we had strong winds start up right after dark. The first couple of nights it was only 16-18 knots and then died down around midnight. Two nights ago it was a steady 18-20 with a lot of gusts that I called freight trains, 'cuz you could hear them coming with their 25 knots roar. Last night was the final straw, with steady 20-22 almost all night and around 3:30-4 AM, the turned up the dial and roared` at 30 plus knots until 9 AM.
All night I just kept chanting...."I love my ground tackle....I love my ground tackle"
well, maybe tomorrow night we will get a good nights sleep
05/24/2012, Bahia Calenderos
Ever since we have started off on this adventure from Seattle, there has been a bit of a feeling like we will have to return back to work right after the weekend is over. Several of our friends have asked us about our "Vacation". Neither of us have felt like we are on vacation, just enjoying a long term part of our lives, until the next stage.
To that point, I bring up the subject of boat jobs. These are mostly just maintenance, but an occasional jobs that falls under the repair catagorey come along. Jeanne is awesome, with her plan of doing at least one boat job per day, and staying on top of things. me, well, I guess I have not been able to maintain that much consistencey. So yesterday was my make day. My list of jobs, things that I have assigned myself was up to eleven, so it was time to have a boat day. Jeanne spent he day off the boat, while I played catch up! Cleaning the fuel system, wiing in the new 12 volt outlet for our cockpit fans, new plumbing for the shower in the head, clean the solar panels, polish the lexan hatches, and a few other small jobs all that if I could just have Jeanne's daily consistency, would not have required the better part of a day.
Well, with all that done, today, I am in deed on vacation!! Lefty and I are chilling here alongside the pool, taking a quick dip as needed. All this is a great treat, and one that we sure appreciate, but soon enough it will be time to move on, and we will be back to work, trying to get that jobs done, one a day, just like the apple, right?
05/24/2012, Agua Verde to Loreto
Here's a brief photo album of what we've been seeing along the way.
The Sunday Farmers Market
Posada De Los Flores.... the ceiling is the bottom of the pool!
While most of Lefty's days are spent reading the guidebooks in the bookcase, occasionally, after bugging us enough about all the cool places he's read about, we let him out to run fly around! While in Loreto and at Loreto Fest he had a grand time meeting people and checking out all the activities.
Most of our first visit into the town of Loreto, found him securing the eggs in the backpack - a worthwhile job. He proudly showed off his balancing skills. Mike from Compass Rose gave him a '8.5' score!
He did get a chance to make a new friend with whom he became very enchanted. He felt a bit like Goldilocks.... this one is just right!
He got to spend an afternoon with the Editor of Live Aboard Magazine, Robin. She's cruising on SV Mermaid with her husband Mike, and cruising dog PeeWee. They had a really good time together, sharing adventures, and sharing tall tales.
However, when Lefty shared that he'd been 'up close and personal' with Bob Bitchin, the founder of Latitudes and Attitudes Magazine, she wasn't so impressed!
The highlight of Lefty's day was getting to meet the star of the evenings entertainment, Roy Orbishark, and his Troupe. The performers consisted of Roy, Wray Charles, Eelvis Presley and Tina Tuna, who's our opening photo. Lefty was invited backstage and even though most of the performers were 'resting', they huddled up for a photo for his scrapbook.
Jim Barden, the puppets 'manager' made Lefty a "Crew Member". Jim and Lefty had such a good time together, that when we were all together in V Cove a few days later, Lefty was invited to join Jim and friends on his boat S/V Anne Marie for a great BBQ dinner.
05/22/2012, Bahia Candeleros
In a bit of a last minute decision, we have moved from Ballandra, and a very nice bay that I am sure we will see a lot more time in, to Bahia Candeleros, a bay that has some great amenities. We first saw this bay on our way north towards Puerto Escondido. It is hard to miss really, as there is a huge multilevel resort here. They provide the wi-fi that I am sending this note on, free use of the pool, and great protection from southerly winds, which we might have for the next several days.
We left Ballandra around noon, motored in flat calm waters for about an hour, then put up the spinnaker, as you can see above!(yes that is us smiling and waving!! Thanks for the photo to Alan and Caroline on the Catamaran SV Magic) An hour later, in a matter of seconds, we went from a 6-8 knot northerly, to a 14 knot southerly! So, down with the spinnaker, up with the main, and roll out the head sail. An hour later the wind died to nothing....still with falt calm waters, down with the sails. Then as we approached the passage along Isla Danzante, back were the 12-14 knot southerlies, and up go the sails again. An hour later, they died again. A couple of miles before the entrance to Candeleros, the winds were back, and again, back up go the sails. So just in case any of you might think we are just laying around down here, this sailing stuff can be work! I mean, it is over 90 degrees
Depending on how long the southerly winds last, we will hang out here. Heck, just free pool and wi-fi alone will keep us here for several days. Even if the beer here is 50 pesos each. That is $3.65 US dollars at the current exchange rate. That rate by the way is net to us after fees, 13.67 peso per dollar!
We are told that we can get some phone calls here, but so far we have not been able to get any signal.
We will try to get some more photos posted tomorrow
05/18/2012, Bahia Ballandra, Isla Carmen
After another some what rolly night, we pulled anchor and sailed (at least part of the way) around to Bahia Ballandra. You might remember this as our first stop here on Isla Carmen.
SV Magic has followed us this time, and we have rejoined with SV Time Piece, after his time sailing around, and visiting Loreto.
This bay has really good protection from every direction, except dead west, and there is nothing "Predicted" for a wind from the west, son perhaps tonight we will get a complete, and calm nights sleep.
Not sure how long we will be here. We are pretty sure we can get some phone calls here, so if any of you family members want to give us a call, this would be the time. We swill try to make some called this evening, or in the morning.