Ok, after bragging up how we handle rollier anchorages than lots of cruisers, we were really happy to get underway and away from rolly Punta Colorada this morning. Fortunately, the swell followed the wind so we were pretty much always pointed into it resulting in a tiresome pitching action rather than a sickening side-to-side roll. This was far from the worst anchorage we’ve ever had but it was just very tiresome as the motion never quit all night long and was still at it this morning.
Listening to the Sonrisa Net on the ham radio this morning, I heard that we can expect S-SW winds 5 to 15 knots today and SW winds 10-15 knots tomorrow. That rules out Bahia Salinas as our next stop as it’s wide open to the south. We thought about going back around to Bahia Marquer but decided instead to go past Bahia Salinas to Bahia Cobre, a small north-facing cove just around the corner from Punta Perico on Isla Carmen’s northeastern end (click on the links in “where in the world are we?”).
No wind until the last half hour or so of the trip. But we certainly did have swells. As we rounded Punta Perico they got downright large-ish. It was a wallowing ride but a short one at 3 hours. And, although we did get into a nice pod of dolphins along the way, it was relief to round the point and enter the little bay and find the water ripply but otherwise flat. We didn’t venture as close to shore as we might have without the cruising guide. Shawn & Heather say that close to shore the bottom gets rocky and makes for difficult anchoring. So, we dropped the hook in 30 feet of water to a sandy bottom. Riding very secure on 135′ of chain. The anchor set and set hard. There was a brisk southern breeze blowing that helped us set the anchor before we backed down on it with the engine. And yes, even though this bay is protected from the south, we still get the wind over the top of the cliffs. But we don’t get the swells. And the wind keeps things cool and helps to keep those annoying little bobos away.
There is a small fishing camp and a panga on the beach. A couple of fishermen were settling in for a siesta when we arrived. So far, we haven’t been ashore. We had some lunch, I read a little and Lulu played Spider Solitaire on the netbook. Then, I took my cushion to the foredeck to read some more but ended up taking a little siesta myself instead. Lulu cleaned up Babalooie which was looking a bit funky after our anchor-liberating session at Puerto Escondido. Now she’s cleaning the decks on Siempre Sabado.
If the weather predictions don’t change, we’ll probably hang here until Wednesday when the winds are supposed to shift to the N-NW. When that happens we’ll make the 5 nm trip back to Bahia Salinas to ride out the north winds and visit the old salt processing site.
Feels so good to just be sitting here without having to hold on or brace ourselves. It’s the little things.