05 March 2009 | Chamela to LaCruz
Our sail from Chamela to LaCruz was very fast for Warren Peace. The first few hours we motored under bare poles as the seas were absolutely flat with no wind and then a nice 16-18 kt breeze came in on our port side still with perfectly flat seas...Warren Peace was in her element and we were doing 8s and 8.5s all day long. Most all sailors just wish for those sort of days. The sea conditions were perfect and inkly blue. We made LaCruz in just over 12 hours.
But...here's the really neat part of the whole day. For hours we were sailing through hundreds and hundreds of sea turtles. Their shells are about two and half feet in diameter. We've never seen anything like it before in all our years of sailing. This year we have seen so many sea critters...whales, dolphins, and now turtles. Many of the turtles had birds sitting on their shells...I guess just taking a break from flying around in the ocean with no place to land. You'll notice the white area on the turtle's shell...remnants of the hitch hiking birds!!! Attached is a picture of one of the turtles and you can see just how inky blue the ocean was on that day.
We are now back in Bandaras Bay at the marina in LaCruz. We'll be moving Warren Peace to Paradise Village (a very nice marina in Puerto Vallarta) on Monday for three days and then start moving north once again on Thursday if weather permits. Our stops will be Punta Mita, Chacala, Isla Isabella and then Mazatlan for several days. Warren Peace will need more diesel and good weather to make the 200+ mile crossing to LaPaz from Mazatlan.
Take care everyone...we miss you! Hope your weather is as fantastic as ours. Everyday here is the same...blue skies and mid 80s.