NW20-25 knot Winds
07 December 2017 | Chemela, Mexico
We weighed anchor from Punta de Mita to go over and snorkel at Las Tres Marietas. But shortly after anchoring, a park ranger came over and asked if we had a permit. Also he told us we were anchoring in a coral bed. Obviously we shouldn't be there, and we left post haste, noting that the Park Ranger took a photo of our boat. So we decided to head out of Banderas Bay to Chemela about 60 miles away. As we approached the famed Cabo Corrientes, known for its wind, we were experiencing light winds NW 8-10. But as we passed the Cape, the winds picked up to NE 15-20. We used a single-reefed jib, and were able to do 6+ knots. During the night, winds built up to N20-25, and we used a double-reefed jib for the remaining 40 miles to Chemela, arriving at 3:50am at a place we had anchored on a previous journey. In the morning the water was clear, so we were able to dive the boat, check the condition of the zincs (showing some wear), and polish the prop, removing little barnacles that had attached at Paradise Village. It's amazing how much more effective and fast, a clean prop can be! In addition I checked the fluid level in our transmission (up to max), and its color (pink). Healthy condition. And the new tranny cooler was working fine. Sunny weather here, 88F, with a light breeze to refresh.