06 June 2015 | halfway across the Sea of Cortez
Well, we cruisers are a notoriously unreliable bunch...we say we're going to do one thing, and then we go and do another.
Today we are NOT executing Plan A: continue our meanderings, NOR Plan B: hightail it north to try to keep ahead of the storm. No, today, we are executing Plan C: head northeast across the Sea of Cortez to San Carlos. (I'll bet you didn't even know there was a Plan C. Hint: Cruisers usually have at least one more Plan up their sleeve, in case the conditions change.)
And conditions did change: overnight, Hurricane Blanca strengthened again, and her trajectory moved more to the north. Her track would have her slide up the Pacific coast a bit, then cross over Baja - right where we were - and continue heading north in the Sea. The wind where we were in Bahia Santo Domingo and nearby areas was forecast to be 40-50 knots. We didn't like that.
Moving north all the way to the known hurricane hole at Puerto Don Juan (about 160 miles) wouldn't take us out of the way, either, as the storm would be following right along.
So, we decided to go with Plan C. We like San Carlos because (1) it is all the way on the eastern shore of the Sea of Cortez (mostly) out of the way of the storm, (2) it is only 75 miles away from where we were, so we can make it in a day, and (3) it's also a known hurricane hole.
And so, as reflected in our GPS coordinates, we are just about halfway across the Sea right now, with an expected arrival time of 8-9 pm. There's not much wind, so we're motoring. We've seen some turtles and flying fish and a couple of dolphins, but otherwise it's pretty quiet out here. You might be amused to know that the seafloor is currently about 6000 feet under our keel. It really would be cool, to see this place without any water in it. It would be an amazing canyon!
Anyway, that's it for now. I thought I'd let you all know what we're up to.