Lobster and Fish Fest
We sailed all the way from Agua Verde to Timbabiche, mostly under spinnaker. The winds were light and we were only doing 5 to 6 knots but didn't have far to go. Right after we anchored a fisherman came up and asked if we wanted some fish. We "placed our order" and within 2 hours had 3 live lobsters and a fresh sea bass. Bob cooked it up and it was delicious. No one else is in this quaint little anchorage.
We ripped the leech of the mainsail when we doused it. The poor sail is on its last legs. I hope it holds together for the trip home.
We've started to make plans for the bash back home. I sold my boat guitar to another cruise which gives us more room in the hanging locker. It's really awkward to store. It looks like we will leave Cabo at the end of June hoping to be home by around July 10th.
Catching Up With Friends
05/22/2011, Agua Verde
After spending a couple of days with So Inclined and Pacifico in Puerto Escondido, Sirocco headed back south to Agua Verde. So Inclined and Pacifico when north. Agua Verde means "turqoise water" and that it is. There were about 10 boats in the small anchorage, most of which we have met somewhere along the way. Our friends on Blue Rodeo and Swift Current were there too. An impromptu cocktail hour on the beach was organized which allowed us to catch up on news with everyone.
Wednesday morning a group went diving at the pinnacle located at the entrance of the anchorage. I volunteered to sit in the dinghy and keep an eye out in case anyone got into trouble with the strong current. No one did and everyone seemed to have a good time.
Thursday morning we went ashore to the small village. The main business in the village is a goat dairy. We bought some goat cheese which is great for salads and quesadillas. After the trip into town Lee and I went snorkeling in the clear turquoise water. The water temp is still in the mid-70's which can be tolerated for about 30 minutes. We saw rays and all kinds of larger fish.
This morning everyone was on the move with most of the group heading north to Puerto Escondido. We will continue south.
05/14/2011, Honeymoon Cove
The water is so clear here the dinghy looks like it is suspended in air.
Today after hiking we decided to go snorkeling to cool off. The water here in Honeymoon Cover is amazingly clear. And the water isn't too cool, about 75 degrees. We snorkeled over an hour.
We sailed from San Juanico to Isla Danzante and anchored in Honeymoon Cove. This morning Bob and I hiked up to the top of the hill. What amazing views! The anchorage is tiny so only 3 boats in here.
Bonfire and Potluck on the Beach
05/13/2011, San Juanico
One of great things about cruising is all the different people you meet. There were 23 boats in San Juanico so someone suggested a potluck and bonfire on the beach. At around 5:30 the bay was buzzing with dinghies zipping over to the beach carrying precious cargo (dinner). We met some new folks and chatted with old friends.
One couple, Steve and Tawny on Imagine, have become fast friends. We first met them last week in Puerto Escondido when they offered us a ride into Loreto in their friend's crew cab dually pickup truck. Since the taxi fare is 700 pesos (about $60) we gladly accepted. We all piled in with Mike and Bob in the pickup bed. They took us all around Loreto for shopping. They have an interesting boat. It is an aluminum hull, has a two level pilot house, two bilge keels and two screws (propellers) with one engine. Typically they leave their boat on the hard in Guayamos but this year will leave it in the water until December, sail it La Paz, and then load it on Dockwise Yacht Transport to be shipped to Vancouver. Once the boat is in Vancouver, they will do a complete refit. Steve was telling us that the access to some parts of the boat is virtually impossible. For instance, he can't access the engine to check the oil; his wife Tawny has to do it. Both boats left San Juanico this morning; we turned right to go south and they turned left to head north. I hope we run into them again.
Yesterday Bob braved the cold water (yes, the water is still only about 71 degrees) and went snorkeling. But he did wear a wetsuit. He said the fish were incredible. I'm still recovering from my cold so I didn't want to chance it and stayed dry. The anchorage here in San Juanico is one of my favorites. It is beautiful and very protected. We've been sleeping in until 8:30-9:00 because it is so quiet.
We are currently sailing about 8 knots with 16 knots of true wind. The wind is out of the southwest but we probably shift soon. Our next stop is Isla Coronados where we will have lunch and try to access the internet. Rumor has it that you can get a cell signal in the anchorage allowing Banda Ancha to connect. I will post this blog entry then. After Isla Coronados we will head to Honeymoon Cove for the night and then return to Puerto Escondido tomorrow to meet up with Mike on So Inclined. We are also hoping Pacifico makes it up here in the next few days.