Baja HaHa leg 3
09 November 2013 | Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo
The rolling start was called off at 9 and we had the spinnaker up and we were moving well past the entrance to Mag Bay. We decided to work our way offshore in search of more wind which we found and had another fabulous day of sailing. Kept the spinnaker up all night and jibed several times. The crew was really jelling and our jibes were flawless. Before one jibe we were sailing at 8 knots but when we finished the jibe trimmed we were only doing 4knots. Something was not right and we checked all the trim and all was good. I took the big flashlight to the stern and found that we were dragging something long and yellow. On closer inspection with the boat hook and with Greg hanging over the stern we discovered the problem. We had jibed into a fishing net that had been abandoned. After a half hour trying to cut it free a piece at a time we needed to stop the boat so we took down all sails. Max climbed out on the swim step and started cutting and pulling on the net and came up with a couple of floats and a lot of net and line. Finally got it all off and reset the sails and were back up to 8 knots again. However it cost us an hour of time so some of the boats that we had behind us had passed us. We had aNother great night of sailing but the weather report was for light wind in the morning.
Sure enough the wind died and we heard that for every hour that you use your motor you get two hours added to your elapsed time. So if our speed dropped below 3.5 knots it paid to motor at 7 plus knots. So we did that for 4 hours and then picked up some wind and sailed. Not to last long and the barn was close by and the horse was ready to get to shore so we started the engine to finish the leg. Lots of other boats did as well and I think we heard that only 4 or 5 boats sailed all there's legs.
We did not get a slip in Cabo so continued on and went to Puerto Los Cabos marina and got a slip. Cleaned up and went to dinner and we will be ready for the final beach party and then the awards presentation.