Bahia Concepcion at two am, a time we hope would get us into San Carlos, on the
mainland side of the sea Cortez, in the late afternoon. Winds were reported to
be light so we expected to motor all the way but to our surprise the winds were
sufficient to sail with 5-10 knots on the beam to start with which then went
forward and then behind us. The ¾ moon provided a wonderful night to sail on
the smooth waters. There were no other boats around so watches were relaxed and
I took short naps during my night watches scanning the horizon every 20 minutes
or so but not once did we see another vessel. At times the wind was so light we
were only doing 2-3 knots but we were in no hurry and there is something really
quite pleasant in sailing slowly at night, it’s pretty stress free and is easy
to sleep. We arrived in San Carlos at around 5pm and set the anchor in the bay
outside of the marina. We watched the sun disappear over the horizon and
lamented the fact that we would be leaving this wonderful place very soon and
heading back to the US and Europe. I have to say that I am looking forward to
some respite from the heat and humidity.
early July humidity and heat rose so did our clammyometer (our comfort gauge)
but we had a lot of work to do to prepare our dear Sarita to be taken out of
the water and put on the hard for three months while to travel to the US and
Europe. We have been told that the boat will get really hot while out of the
water and that it will get really dusty. Cockroaches mice and other flying
insects can enter your home and make a real mess. Add the threat of hurricanes
make a very long list to prepare the boat. All our engines, of which we have 4
have to been cleaned, given oil and filter changes and flushed of sea water.
The watermaker needs flushing and pickling for long term storage. Sails need to
be taken down and the decks cleared of other stuff that might me blow away by
hurricane force winds. The inside of the boat need to be cleared of food that
might rot, explode or attract vermin. Surfaces need to be wiped with a solution
of vinegar to protect against mildew. The water system need to be flushed and
sterilized along with a host of other items on a long list that kept us busy,
hot and tired for 5 days before Sarita was hauled out.
Just hauled out of the water
has a reputation of being one of the safest places to be against hurricanes but
it’s certainly not immune to strong winds and tropical storms so we will be watching
the weather carefully when we are away and hoping that all will be well. We do
plan in coming back for the height of the hurricane season being October.
Sarita on the hard in Marina Seca San Carlos
So it was
with sadness in my eye that we left Sarita in the company of many other
cruising boats in Marina Seca San Carlos and headed to the hotel for a night of
luxury, air conditioning and full sized beds.
Katya enjoying getting under covers in an air conditioned room