Archive for August, 2010

August 2010: First stop Santa Rosalia

Friday, August 13th, 2010

The first short leg of the Sea of Cortez trip proved uneventful. 13 kt on the nose and an all-night motor. No moon, lots of stars, and no other boats until we approached the Santa Rosalia fishing fleet just about dawn.

We are now re-visiting Santa Rosalia, picking up some refrigeration parts, connecting with friends old and new, and installing several 12 volt fans. Weather remains hot and humid with lightning in the distance some nights.

It is officially Hurricane season. This year, so far, there has been little tropical storm activity here. However, in September of last year,  a Hurricane did a lot of damage to boats and homes and to the town in general. The same over in the Guaymas/San Carlos area. So, while there is nothing alarming in the weather picture, it is really time to get north, and we will be heading out again on Saturday, August 14th. (Not that we’re totally superstitious about the previous day, but then again…why tempt fate?

The next anchorage will likely be San Francisquito, known by locals as “The place Saint Francis quit!” Here is what one cruiser guide tells us:

“Bahia San Francisquito is unique and wonderful, offering a real essence of the heart of Baja. The lonley howls of coyotes roaming nearby hillsides, and the distant blows of whales feeding on the nutrient rich sea mark the late night hours here. Long-legged jackrabbits and skittering lizards seek shelter among the thorny desert scrub. Vibrant cactus flowers and cooing doves add a softness to the otherwise harsh desert surroundings. At San Francisquito, the desert and sea combine, making a perfect stop for the nature lover, the hiker, and the fisherman.”;; (Sea of Cortez: A Cruiser’s Guidebook, Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer). 

San Francisquito is only 77 miles north of Santa Rosalia, so likely to be another all-nighter. After that, the anchorages are many. Having never been here before, we don’t know which ones we’ll visit. But here are a few of the likely stops:

*Bahia San Francisquito
Isla San Pedro Martir
Isla San Lorenzo
Isla Partida
*Bahia Los Angeles
Puerto Peñasco
Puerto Refugio
Bahia Willard/Bahia San Luis Gonzaga
San Felipe
Bahia Kino
and many other little anchorages in El Mar de Cortez

*pretty certain

We look forward to the challenge of cruising in the hot Mexican summer, with little, if any, access to ice, stores, and communication. In November 2010, it will be safe to return to Guaymas, where we can get back online and up-date this blog. (We’ll do it before then, if there is a way). Hasta luego.

July/August 2010: Guaymas, Mexico

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Back in the water July 15th, with projects successfully completed. New bowsprit, deck houses painted and non-skidded, solar panels mounted, life-ring installation reconfigured, new lifelines installed, anchor chain and system set up, bottom and waterline cleaned and painted, and a million other projects. No time for details. We spent a month at the dock at Marina Singlar, Guaymas, with the opportunity to complete a couple more projects from the long-term wish list (weather and the marina are permitting)–including another awning, bug screens and nets, and then the final provisioning and re-stowing. The weather there, as predicted, was hot and humid, into the 100’sF in the daytime and down only to the 90’s at night.

Up until the last night, we used the boat AC we purchased second-hand to help us survive the relentless heat while working. The AC proved a good investment and we plan to store it away here in Guaymas for the next haul-out.

Continuing to delight in the Mexican people. Continuing to appreciate the desert geography, the bird life (not the insect life– although, we did have to learn the Spanish word for “ant” as they came marching aboard on the “yellow brick road” (our hose and electrical cord)). Apparently this is a sign of impending rain, and we did get a sprinkle at midnight one night, along with wind and lightning. The weather remained unsettled for a few days and then we experienced a flash storm–very heavy rain, thunder and lightning for several hours…big dash to put away projects. We finally departed Guaymas on the 8th of August. Happy and healthy and ready for the next adventure.