6/25/2012 – A long slog

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.

About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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3 Responses to 6/25/2012 – A long slog

  1. SailVivacia says:

    Hi Steve,
    Sounds like a tough day. I know you won’t see this for awhile, but when you do… We are going to be heading up into the sea from La Paz and I’m wondering what weather sites you monitor on SSB?

    • sryoder says:

      I get weather e-mailss from Saildocs mostly. I am currently using “socforecast” and Geary’s summary at http://sonrisa.org/Saildocs/summary.html . And I download grib files for wind sped and direction for wherever we’re going to be. The grib files can be found by going to Airmail>Window>Catalogs. Then you can highlight the area you want covered and pick a couple other parameters. Ever since Don Anderson passed away, I don’t listen to the weather on the nets much. With the exception of Geary’s report on the Sonrisa net, they are mostly just repeating whatever Stan of solmatesantiago writes (he’s the source for socforecast). So, I can get the same reports delivered in writing that I may or may not be able to hear on the SSB. If you need any more info, feel free to e-mail me directly and I’ll see if I can help.

  2. God speed! Can’t wait to see you guys again!

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