2/8/2013 – Punta Chivato to Santispac

Lousy HF radio signal propagation this morning so I couldn’t send or receive any e-mail. So, assuming I get a decent signal this evening, you get two blogs in one day.

Wasn’t nearly as sunny today as yesterday. Matter of fact, the sky was completely covered with clouds until this afternoon. We got up and got going and were underway at 0905. Leaving that early doesn’t really leave time for breakfast, so, it being dead flat and absolutely not a breath of wind, once underway Lulu made me eggs and toast to eat while I sat in the cockpit watching the autopilot do all the work. The Sea was totally flat. I unrolled the staysail for stability but I really didn’t need to. This absence of motion worked out really well as Lulu was able to do a bunch of things underway like, cook the lasagne noodles and put the lasagne together for dinner tonight, make a loaf of French bread, make me breakfast, make pizza dough for tomorrow, and then come out in the cockpit and scrub the laundry we had let build up. This was her first time using the new scrub board we bought last summer. She took to it like a washerwoman of old. I think she has a real calling in case this whole retirement thing doesn’t work out.

The only thing that kept this from being a completely stress-free trip was a stretch on the east side of Punta Piedrita at roughly 26 45.80’N, 111 52.300W when the bottom seemed to come up to meet us. There must be a massive sandbar out there as we went from depths of 40-50 feet down to 10 feet. I altered course just in case we were too close to shore but it sure didn’t look like we were. After we crossed over the sandbar, if that’s what it was, the depths dropped back to the 40-50 foot range. Kind of creepy there for a while.

We anchored at Santispac in 21′ of water with 120′ of chain out at 1405. Took us exactly 5 hours. There are 4 other sailboats here (one of which is a permanent fixture we’re told) and one large motor vessel (either a Krogen or a Nordhaven). The beach is lined with RVs and there is a restaurant/bar called Lupe’s that we’ll be visiting tomorrow. The water is pretty clear but still only 69 degrees so snorkeling is unlikely. Highway 1 runs right by the beach and we’re told that hitching rides in to Mulege is really easy. Caleb, from s/v La Quernica, stopped by in his kayak to say ‘Hello’. He was on his way back from doing laundry in Mulege and clued us in to things like rides and what’s going on in the ‘hood. The afternoon was sunny and warm here at Santispac. Warm enough to break out shorts and go shirtless for a little while.

There you have it. We’re about 25 minutes away from tucking into a nice hot lasagne. Life is good. Now to see if I can get this little e-pistle to send.

BTW, Santispac is located in Bahia Concepcion in the Sea of Cortez. If you’re looking at a Baja map, a little more than halfway down the eastern shore, just south of Mulege, you’ll see a large peninsula paralleling the mainland, leaving a large body of water between the mainland and the peninsula. This body of water is Bahia Concepcion (Conception Bay, but I bet you already figured that out). Santispac is the northernmost anchorage on the Baja mainland side of the bay. I have no idea where the name came from. Have to see what I can figure out.

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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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2 Responses to 2/8/2013 – Punta Chivato to Santispac

  1. Tony and Marquita George on S/V Seaclusion says:

    Hey Caleb Smiley on La Querencia is a good friend of ours! Say hello, please. We return to San Carlos Sunday after a month in SE Asia. Loving the blog, muchisimos gracias!

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