Sunday, November 25, 2018

Making Tracks South

Pip super excited about her beach romp..... Luckily she comes with a handhold.

Since we last left, we pulled into San Quintin to wait out some heavy wind further down the coast.  Other than being in a wind hole allowing us to endure 10 - 15 kts instead of 35-40 kts, the surf was really too big to attempt to go ashore.  So we fished (to later enjoy smoked mackerel) and played games aboard while listening to the pounding surf and dune buggies/motorcycles zipping along the beach.

Sunset at San Quitin....  just NICE......

After a day and a half, the wind mostly blew itself out and we headed off to make tracks South for an overnight to Turtle Bay. 

Happy with our at sea visitors...

When we arrived folks were sharing dramatic wind stories and we were happy not to have any to share.  We also bumped into some friends again who we met earlier in Ensenada.  Beyond being super nice and fun and interesting, they have 2 dogs who decided we weren't too bad to hang with.  Awesome - got to get the doggie feels.  And also awesome to get to know cruising friends better, Brad and Sonni and Mac and Pip.  Check them out :

 Beautiful Pip...

Mac couldn't understand me taking a photo instead of just throwing the stick...

We spent a day or so walking around Turtle Bay, exploring the town.

Interesting Comparison:  Both of the below photos were taken on the main street facing the same direction (see the mountains for reference in the background.  Unfortunately, I wasn't on the same spot in the street)  First from 2006, and then the second from 2018....

From 2006:

From 2018:

Other town photos :

We did chores, such as getting rid of our two-week old stinky trash.

This sweet muffin enticed us to come over to say high and expressed his thanks for the attention with hand licks and the ever so gentle weight of his big head in my hand (~swoon~).  Much to the laughter of his neighbors.

Folks were talking about visiting Bahia Ascension....  Since the wind was going to be very light over the next couple of days and it was on the way to Mag Bay, we decided to check out the town.  S/v Luego had gone a day earlier and stocked up on some yummy streetside carnitas which is only served on a weekend.   Since we arrived Sunday around dinner time - we nailed the timing thing and got to enjoy carnitas and some of our fresh sushi for dinner (we pulled in our first Dorado)

The next day, we wandered around town and caught up on some shopping.  Ascension is all about the flour tortilla....  First time I recall seeing flour tortillas as the main option here.  These flour tortillas reached out and pulled us in....  YUM....  We were eating them out the door.

Soon, the wind was up and we set out for another overnight to Bahia Santa Maria.   Since we wanted to fish again, we offloaded most of our Dorado catch to s/v Luego.  Good thing, within the first hour we were pulling in our second Dorado.

It took a couple hours for the wind to fill in, but eventually, it did, then the next 26 or so hours had us sailing along nicely.  In the morning, Greg decided to check the rudder connections for the autopilot because he thought he heard a weird noise.  Good thing, because the bolts were starting to work their way out....  so, we had a little at sea repair while we hove to (a way of stopping the boat for those non sailors).

Before dark, we pulled into Bahia Santa Maria where we found - yep, you guessed it, some new cruiser friends.  Some folks we had met in Turtle Bay and some others that we've heard about through a mutual friend in Berkeley.

On the way in, we were reminded the next day was Thanksgiving.  So, when Jessie of S/v Sabbatical came rowing over when we pulled in, we suggested a Thanksgiving potluck on their boat (they have a catamaran).  She checked with everyone when she returned and the potluck was on.  Love these impromptu gatherings.....

After relaxing the following day, we headed out to make our entrance into Magdalena Bay.  The guidebooks say to be aware of currents when entering, so we wanted to be close to slack when we entered.

That's the entrance from sea.  Between the Dark closer point and the light colored more distant point.

We were trying for about a .4 knt ebb (that was the soonest we could make it) and although we arrived as planned, we had a 2 knot current against us.  Other than that, it was uneventful and we pushed through the opening, then spent the next couple of hours tacking back in the direction we just came from to the protected anchorage at Man of War Cove.

Until....  BAM!!! POW!!!!  and the Genoa starts flogging and coming down.....  Quick assessment and we realize the halyard attachment point for the Genoa exploded.  So....  more repairs at sea, but this time we are just outside the anchorage so it can wait.

We got in, put the dinghy in the water with high hopes of dinner ashore but returned after a walk around the small town in which we learned not only was the restaurant closed, the tienda was out of food.  No worries, we had food aboard and only wanted to freshen up veggies, we still have long-lasting varieties to last us a few days.

Puerto Magdalena

Boat repairs in exotic locations.

The next morning, we rose before the sun to start getting the Genoa hoisted again.  This involved Greg going up the mast to fetch the halyard, then raising the genoa back on its track.  By 7am, we had finished and we pulled anchor to ride the flood into the mangroves.  The forecast for Monday and Tuesday is for light winds, perfect for exploring the mangroves.

Couldn't resist a quick trip ashore after arrival.

This is one of the most beautiful places we've anchored...  the mix of the sand dunes/mangroves.flat water is stunning.  Can't wait to see more of it.

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