Isla San Francisco
04 June 2015 | Isla San Francisco
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The wind came up sharply during the night, so I was up on deck several times, securing items and making sure that our anchor was holding (it was). I was up at 7:00am, with a warm and clear sky, and the wind still blowing hard from the south. I can't tell you how hard, because my wind instrument is currently being replaced, having been damaged by Hurricane Odile, back in September. I made coffee, read, and waited for Susan to wake up. Since it was still windy, we decided to head out, and were under way by 10:00am. Our destination was flexible, but we were hoping for Isla San Francisco, depending on the weather. We caught our fist fish, a 10-15 pound skipjack tuna, within an hour of leaving. The fish put up a great fight, but the opposable thumbs deal got him in the end. The wind kept changing direction, keeping the seas lumpy as we motored north past Isla Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida. The weather grew warmer as we made our way, finally dropping anchor at the "Hook" on Isla San Francisco. There was just one other boat I. The bay, which is pretty unusual. It took us about six hours to cover the 36 nautical miles.
Our first order of business was to break out a beer and make Ahi Pokey out of the fresh fish. The fish is cubed, then mixed with onions, ginger, garlic, pepper flakes, soy sauce, green onions, sesame oil, and a little sugar. Mix it all together and chill, then serve with chips and another cold beer. Delicious! We went for a board paddle around the lovely bay, with Susan searching for shells on shore, while I paddled around. The water was teaming with millions of some sort of larva that kind of looked like baby jellyfish. There were lots of fish around, that appeared to be feeding on the hatchlings. We determined that they didnot sting, which was pretty important. Back aboard, we met our neighbors, Ron and Jane, from the motor vessel Sisu III. Nice folks. After dinner and a movie and of course, star gazing, we called it a night. Once again, the nighttime winds (Coramuels) came up, blowing 30+mph, and causing an uncomfortable night. If Sisu III leaves we will take their spot, which is better protected from south winds.