Flying fast towards Bahia Santa Maria
03 November 2014 | 26 53.17'N:114 12.83'W, Offshore Baja California
So far, the decision to leave Turtle Bay this morning has been a real winner. We've had great wind in the 18-22 knot range all day. It's either been a downwind spinnaker run, or a fast, flat reach as we have right now. We've been averaging 8-9 knots all day in very comfortable, near flat water.
To start the day, we timed the start perfectly and were the first of 140+ boats across the lineÉ AND we were already flying our spinnaker! From there, we legged out and passed several boats that started a couple of hours earlier. Only later in the day after the wind picked up and we went back to white sails did 49' and 63' catamarans overhaul us - slowly. It was a tough decision for me to take the kite down, but I need to remember that this is not a race boat and that I my sails must last! But, even without the spinnaker, we still show an 8 knot overall average speed.
The rest of the day just got better, treating us to a gorgeous sunset just a few minutes ago. The colour stretched from one horizon to another, almost as if it was a reward for having to cool our jets in Turtle Bay for the last couple of days. Dave had the helm at the time, and as you can see, he can't the grin off of his face. That is Phil & Sharon in the sling seat and Dee on the far side of the cockpit. Deb is also on deck, but out of view.
Phil commented that, finally, this is what the brochure promised! I reminded him that I always exceed my clients expectations, and that the "hurricane Vance watch" was just added in to make sure that he had an unbeatable story when he got back home.
Talking about VanceÉ Vance is still a hurricane but has begun to curve away from us and also looks like it is about to rapidly lose intensity. The predictions couldn't better for us, so we really hope that Vance continues on his current path.
Now, back to the cockpit to enjoy the rest of the sunset, the nearly full moon, and I'm sure another dolphin show.