First Day Out
27 March 2013 | Ensenada de Los Muertos
It wasn't very exciting today, but it was our first day out of town, and that's exciting itself!
Although not much happened today, a lot happened last night. We got to bed at our usual early hour, but at midnight, the Coromuels (named after Oliver Cromwell, we are told) started blowing. The winds start as cool winds from the Pacific Ocean and are pushed upward by the dry, hot, Baja peninsula and Sea of Cortez. By the time that they reached us, the winds were in the 25-30 kt range, requiring attention and a person to stay up all night watching that the boat didn't drag her anchor. Dragging an anchor is one of the great fears of sea-faring folk. Conni, Chip, and I spent turns siting in the cockpit watching that we weren't getting closer to shore.
A boat near us DID drag her anchor and we spent an anxious few minutes trying to awaken the owners and thinking about how we could fend off their boat if they got too close, and they missed us by 10 yards. The owners weren't too concerned since we finally got them awake, they took a look around, and went back to bed. Well, whatever.
We enjoyed a great day of motor sailing, making good speed. My engine got a good workout today and I'll give her a once-over before leaving tomorrow.
We'll leave tomorrow and motor/sail 42 miles to Los Frailes, spend the night, then motor/sail to Cabo San Lucas. We'll be there one night, then WE HEAD OUT!
We were part of the Pacific Puddle Jump net again tonight. One boat was 650 nm from the Marquesas! Very exciting! They've got 4-5 days to go.
So, it's getting real for us. We're setting in to the routine and all are getting along well.