We left Isla Estanque/Isla Angel de La Guarda at 0800, right after I downloaded the weather reports and had breakfast. The ride started out really smooth but, as we left the bay and entered the main body of the Sea, the swells started. They weren’t too bad at first, maybe a couple of feet high and spaced about 2 seconds apart. We were motoring along but the wind came up, so, with the engine still running, I rolled out the jib and staysail (the main was already flying). Almost immediately we were heeled over at an uncomfortable 20 degrees but we were flying along at between 5 and 6 knots. And then the swells got bigger.
Now we were pounding along, heeled over but going pretty fast. However, I had to keep making course adjustments to keep the wind in our sails. Eventually, we were so far off course that the increase in speed was no longer worth it. At that point I rolled up the headsails and got back on course under engine power.
The day fluctuated between pounding into the swells and cruising along on an almost flat sea. The one constant however was that, after our initial burst of speed, we never again saw speeds much over 4 knots. Part of the day we were doing 2-3 knots. The tidal currents are a bitch up here.
Finally, 13 hours after we left, we had our anchor down in a tiny little bay on the east side of Isla San Esteban. When we first approached the anchorage, I wasn’t too sure. Looked mighty small and without a lot of protection. But, once we got in and looked around, it wasn’t too bad. There’s a rock 4′ below the surface which we have to watch out for but we have the coordinates so it’s no biggie. Lots of sea lions on the shore.
Tomorrow, in true Siempre Sabado fashion, we’re going to head out mid-morning and go straight through to San Carlos. Enough of this screwing around. It’s a 95 mile trip so it could take as little at 24 hours or as much as 34 hours, depending on our speed.
Today’s vital stats: Covered 41 nautical miles; took us 11.8 hours and we averaged 3.3 knots. Not too good. Hope we do better tomorrow.