Turtle Bay to Abreojos
28 November 2009
Passage II left early around 7:30 (we didn't realize the time change so thought it was 6:30). We'll be headed out too and soon as we get the boat cleaned up and ready.
Lots of wind today so we are sailing nice between 5 and 7 knots. Auto helm won't hold so Jim is having to hand steer. When we surf down the waves, we're actually hitting 8.9! Not bad! Some dolphins visited for a while just outside Asunción.
The winds started building 25+ knots straight on our nose around the island and it was getting darker, so we decided to bypass and keep going to Abreojos. We hailed Passage II to let them know that we weren't going to make it in -- just too hard on us and the boat. We sailed most of the night with a ¾ moon
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About ½ hour before sunset, 8 miles off Punta Abreojos we snag a trap line! Damn it! There was no winds now, of course, so we sailed all day long back and forth trying to reach an anchoring depth. Finally able to get to 50 ft and we dropped the anchor and Jim dived overboard to check out the prop. It took 2 dives to get the hunk of line (about 3 inches around the entire shaft) and 3 floats off! Thank you Craig & Eva for the bitchin' knives! We want a case of those suckers! Everyone get the Victorinox knives, they work great and they're cheap. Definitely looks like we are going to have the FULL Mexican adventure!
We pulled up the anchor after Jim was back aboard and moved into the anchorage (the first one) in 30 ft and less winds. We heard from Passage II who's making their way in and headed to the second anchorage after we told them about the minefield of floats anywhere near this bay. The anchorage was really rolly -- the worst we have been in.
We listened to the Southbound Net (thanks to Jim D with the SSB help -- correct time helps A LOT) and Jim passed out early after the long night and day.