05 May 2008 | More Sushi
We got underway from Taboga at around 09:30. The sky was pretty overcast and there wasn't a lot of wind. The ITCZ (Intertropical Convergence Zone where the northern hemisphere winds and the southern hemisphere winds meet) is right on top of us and moving south, which means no wind and possible thunder storms. Always nice to avoid the ITCZ unless you're trying to sail against the prevailing winds
We motor sailed southeast to Isla Bayoneta in the Las Perlas and arrived at around 16:00. On the way Hideko caught a nice Mackerel and Ed caught a nice Tuna. It was Sushi for dinner, again, and no one was complaining.
Coming into the Bayoneta anchorage required either really slow driving by the sounder or slow driving by the sound with frequent reference to the Bauhaus Panama Guide. The Navionics charts here are not too bad but still not detailed enough for close quarters work. The visibility in the Las Perlas at present is nil. Ed and I worked on the bottom a bit and you could make things out maybe 5 feet away with a mask. There are also lots of reefs here and they are hard rock, not good for the bottom paint. The tide is critical as well. We snuck into our watery anchorage at high tide and six hours later there were islands around us that didn't exist when we came in. It was a new moon and the tide swing was 17 feet. There was a big rocky island with a nice sandy beach maybe 8 feet out of the water that we could have sailed over at high tide.