We left Caleta de Campos at 3:30 a.m., buddy boating with "Younger Girl," and discovered a sweet night wind coming off the shore. Closehauled, (who needs an autohelm now!), and the wind is just right, and it smells like the trees on shore, and the water is flat, and we have Zhuatenejo over the horizon. Yes.
The cliff face at Caleta de Campos. Did I mention there's a nice surf break just around the corner?
Caleta de Campos02/19/2012
Places like this will tempt you to stay.... But we have miles to go before we sleep.
Naomi on Medusa02/19/2012
Go small, go now, is what they say, and Naomi and her Columbia 23 "Medusa" are proof it works. She bought this boat for 2 grand in California, hauled it to the Sea of Cortez, and then sold the trailer for $600. She's probably invested 2 and a half more boat bucks in cruising gear. Her only regret was not having an autohelm of some kind - but bringing on crew like Ian here make the passages from one surf town to the next go by that much easier. She's out there doing it - so what's stopping you? Our 36-footer felt huge and yachtlike next door - but on the other hand - while I was tearing apart MY autohelm, Medusa sailed off her hook, past us, and around the bay during the afternoon thermals. Then they rowed ashore to play volley on the beach with the locals. Good life out here.
Barra to Caleta de Campos02/19/2012
Liberte is now on a mission to get south - and really, east! - to El Salvador, while sampling the goods along the way. Everything south of Manzanillo is all new territory. We waved goodbye to friends at Barra, and motored out the channel surrounded by small fish belly up - dead or dying. The dying ones were going in mad circles. Theories on their demise range from an earthquake unleashing methane gas to some sort of red tide. We didn't see this anywhere else. Although Santiago Bay is mighty tempting - just met a boat that spent 65 days there last season - we rolled on by, and then past Las Hadas, where we've had some really great days. For our next landfall we chose Caleta de Campos, based on a great description in the cruising guide - and the fact the swell was down. This place was awesome - turned out to be a great call. We shared the anchorage with just three other boats - and a local gringo motored out in his panga to ask where all these boats were coming from. Ha!
The new standup paddleboard sure is fun. When we're in transit it deflates to a daypack size 22 lbs. Made by Seylor - available at Costco.com. They haven't sponsored us yet but Sammy is available for promotional appearances.