Saturday, July 18, 2015
A fellow sailor recommended for us to read John Steinbeck's non-fiction The Log from the Sea of Cortez which is his account of a six week trip from California to the Sea of Cortez in 1940 on a marine study with Ed Ricketts. I thought it was a great read and it gave us so much insight into the area we were traveling through and its marine inhabitants. The work is a mixture of factual recording of the trip and specimens collected and his philosophical pondering along the way, perhaps influenced by Ricketts.
Posted by Sailing Sarita at 7:43 PM
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
|Friday Harbor Marina. Washington USA|
More posts will follow when our feet stay put for a few days.
Posted by Sailing Sarita at 9:38 PM
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
When we made our first plans for travelling in Mexico we looked at the Sea of Cortez and wondered if it was a place we wanted to visit and to be honest it did not grab us. The pictures showed barren and arid landscapes, a far cry from the lush landscapes of the Pacific North West. There were few towns and people talked of hurricanes, strong local winds and debilitating heat that immobilizes you and destroys your boat. Sailing was reported to be poor and the prospect of motoring everywhere was not appealing. So when we rounded Cape Cabo on our way south we only traveled a few miles before we decided to head across to the mainland with the promise of lush tropical palm lines beaches, interesting towns and better services.
Posted by Sailing Sarita at 12:21 PM
Monday, July 6, 2015
Sunday, July 5, 2015
We awoke at around 7am, when the sun starts to heat the boat up, and waited for the wind to build so we could sail across to Isla Coronado. Sure enough, like clockwork the winds came up at around 11am and we set sail across the strait to the extinct volcano. With winds of up to 15 knots on the beam and flat seas we made good time exceeding 7.5 knots at times, a delight.
We scouted out the anchorage and decided that it was not a place we wanted to stay for a few days as we had to anchor quite a way offshore and it provided little protection from northerlies and looked a bit barren so we continued on to San Juanico bay which looked far more promising from the write up in the guide book.
We arrived at about 4pm and anchored between two islands in the northern part of the bay. We anchored in only about 12 feet, leaving only about 6 feet below us, less than I like. As the evening breeze from the land picked up we swung around. I watched the depth gauge stay steady. At around 2am I head a small unnatural knock which sounded like the rudder hitting something so I checked the depth again and we had fallen a bit with the tide but still had 5 feet below the keel. Again the knock sounded again so I assumed there must be a rock near the rudder so we upped anchor in the darkness and moved out into deeper water for a peaceful night’s sleep.
San Juanico is a wonderful bay with lots of room for many boats, not that there were many here. We saw two other boats in the south anchorage. The bay has some great long sandy beaches, hiking trails and interesting rock formations and sea life and we spent 4 days exploring the area, hiking and watching the manta rays leap out of the water belly flopping as they land. Katya found a seam of Gypsum crystal and some interesting mud hills with the finest mud ever. Katya and I set about covering ourselves in the marvelous slimy goo which instantly dried into a hard cake. No cucumber eye patches though.
Whilst finishing a great book at 2am one evening I heard some frequent splashing outside. We had seen many schools of manta rays cruising the bay and leaping out of the water but they normally stopped after sunset. I went on deck and watched in amazement as areas of the sea lit up as the manta rays swam through the phosphorescence. I watched the show for about an hour and when a school came close to the boat you could make out the outline of each manta ray looking like some ghostly apparition gliding through the night. It was both spooky and exhilarating.
Posted by Sailing Sarita at 4:59 PM