It has been a slow news week here and, since I have recently vowed to make more frequent postings, I found myself having to choose between posting drivel or waiting until something “reportable” came along. I chose drivel.
We actually got ourselves out of Pto. Escondido on Friday, Oct 18, and moved about 20 miles north to Isla Coronados. While it was dead calm inside Escondido we found conditions fairly lumpy with winds from the north mostly about 15 knots with gusts to 18-20 once we got outside. Of course, North was exactly the direction we needed to go so to sail would have to be a tacking exercise. There was a small swell from the north with wind waves added on top that created conditions that reminded us very much of sailing on SF Bay. Well, except that neither of us was bundled up and wearing foulies. Being able to sail like this in shorts and t-shirts with the dodger window open is not something that would happen very often on the Bay. It is also very easy to get used to.
So we got in a fairly spirited sail and planted the hook in the late afternoon on the south side of Isla Coronados. The conditions were picture postcard lovely with 10-12 knot northwest winds during the day becoming dead calm during the night. The calm wind conditions left us exposed to what was a very small easterly swell so we found ourselves rolling a bit during the night until the wind filled back in. After two nights of that we moved around a small spit that extends southwest from the island into the anchorage on the islands west side. Once again, picture postcard perfect conditions only now there was no swell. If you are interested in finding this spot on google maps our coordinates are 26 06.693N 111 17.030W.
It is now Tuesday and the conditions are forecast to remain awesome for a while. If that’s not an actual term used by real meteorologists then maybe it should be. In any case we will not be in any hurry to move on. There are a couple of nice sandy beaches here, one with a couple of palapas with tables and benches. The daytime highs are in the mid to upper 80’s and the water temp is 84 with visibility ranging from 20’ to >40’ and plenty of sea life to observe. We’ve had bocce ball games on the beach and been snorkeling and kayaking. I think we will just keep that up for a while.
I am trying to post some photos with this, just some scenes from our life (nuestra vida) here in the Sea of Cortez.