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SV Panta Rhei Retirement Trip
Are those lobster pots in the water?
Larry Nelson
08 November 2010 | Turtle Bay: Arrived 5:30 pm MST
We arrived at Turtle Bay just at sunset. To arrive in time we had to drive the boat pretty hard all night and all day. We made a daily equivalent of 162 nm (we were 2 hours short of a full day, so corrected for that to form the equivalent daily milage).

Turtle Bay is to be discovered by this crew tomorrow. Tonight we are going to enjoy being in a quiet anchorage. Being at sea for two nights increases your appreciation for a good night of rest. Our friends aboard Island Bound reported catching two tuna. We didn't fish...but plan to ready the hook for the next leg.

We are still adapting to the reality of being at sea. The stugeron helps. Neither of us got seasick this trip and it was reasonably rough. It is interesting that the roughness of the passage varies quite a bit throughout the passage. It varies more than you would think the wind and swell are varying.

Somewhere during the first night a bolt fell out of our rigging. I heard it hit the deck and went forward and collected it. I wonder where it came from? Also, when I dropped the mainsail I see that one of the sail track cars (NOT a batten car) has lost its connection to the sail loop. So...I guess we have something to do tomorrow besides sleep in.

There were pots in about 45 feet of water that we saw when we entered the bay. They are colored like a mexican flag. Current speculation is that they are lobster pots.

We managed to check in to the Sonrisa Net using the instructions we received from Jake Howard, KE7MZB. Our ssb did it and good signal strength was reported by net control. That's a first and it means that we have overcome the limitations on ssb tuning that have held us back on voice operation. The learning curve on the ssb is pretty steep. The net gives us all the local news and weather each morning. Call it a gossip fest, but it contributes a lot to learning to live in a new place and makes it easier to keep in contact with friends. There was a local vhf net in Ensenada that we also checked into. It was useful for all the locals in the Ensenada region. The ssb net gives us most of baja range.