Multiple dangers negotiated
31 January 2020 | San Jose del Cabo
Torben | It is getting pretty cold
Never got a picture of the whale, but here is the buggy.
Tomorrow morning we are making an attempt to move North from San Jose del Cabo to Magdalena Bay, the first 1/4 of the way North along the Baja Peninsular. Weather seems decent for the next 60 hours, we should be good.
The 280 NM trip up from La Cruz was mostly uneventful - first a motorboat ride in light air for 180 Miles to set up for a windy reach across the Sea of Cortez. Winds were slightly higher than forecast in the low 20's, and the seas on the beam reach made sure we had salt spray over the top of the boat on a frequent basis. No danger there.
What was a bit unnerving was the number of whales we encountered on the last 100 Miles. Just a lot of humpbacks blowing and jumping in close vicinity, and in the white caps they were sometimes difficult to spot. We had 3 instances of having to do sharp 90 degree turns to avoid contact, the closest one probably by less than 10 both lengths, which does not feel like a lot when you are traveling at 8 knots. Fortunately the last hour was in darkness where all danger is invisible.
Our RYC friends Patti and Kirk has a house in San Jose and were kind enough to offer a tour of the Cape. That included a very fun ride, strapped into the back of their buggy, racing down dirt roads while avoiding wild donkeys as they were showing us around the area! We survived that one as well ! Fingers crossed for tomorrow.