Night Crossing of Sea of Cortez
20 May 2007
We left Mazatlan at 7:00 a.m. May 19 and sailed in light winds coming out of the South. In the morning the winds were very light so we motorsailed, but the winds increased to 12 to 14 knots in the afternoon so we were able to shut off the engine and sail under canvas alone for awhile.
Around 6 PM the winds lightened again to about 8 knots so we started motorsailing again.
It's now 4:30 in the morning and I'm doing the 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. watch. The winds are only about 7 to 8 knots so we have to motorsail in order to maintain reasonable speed.
At the current 6 knot rate our ETA in Bahia De Los Muertos (70 nautical miles away) is about 12 hours which would have us arriving about 4:30 PM. Of course the winds could change, hopefully a bit more wind so we can make better time.
During the night watch I edited some video we took today, then watched a movie on the laptop (16 Blocks with Bruce Willis, it was pretty good). I've only seen one other boat or ship during the night, it was doing about 12 knots and going the opposite direction. It's a moonless night so radar is the main navigation tool. The stars and the milky way are SO bright it's quite astounding. We're about 100 miles from nearest city so the view of the sky is very clear.