|View into the port|
We are enjoying Cabo - very warm here - probably in the 80's (28 or so) and the water temp is also 29. We have been anchored out since coming as in the marina they get very little air moving - so even though the anchorage is a little rocky rolly we sleep well with all the hatches open as it does cool off enough at night. Doing a few jobs and did a quick provisioning this afternoon as we are going to leave tomorrow to make our way up to La Paz. Slow going and just day hopping North until we get there. There is some weather coming down the inside from San Diego so may be slower yet.
We got our papers within 24 hours but it is always a bit of a production when they were doing 100 boats at a time - we were supposed to be inspected but no one showed. No problems with the documents, just pay lots of money. We will import the boat in La Paz in case we decide to leave it for the next season. It also allows us to bring in equipment for the boat tax free if anything should go wrong.
Cabo is a great place to party and have a good time - it is very Americanized and has a young party crowd. We have had a few welcome clouds these past few days but temp still in the 80's. We are still getting use to these warm days and love it when we get a fresh breeze blowing.
When we left Cabo at about 6 am on the 10th we had a great sail for about 25 miles of the 45 miles to go. As we headed north around the tip of land just north of Los Cabo we could see a wall of very dark water with a lot of white caps. The wind was on the nose for the next 20 miles with a very messy chop and we were not able to go more than about 3 knots - needless to say we had a hard slog - took alot of water over. The only good thing was that it was warm. I radioed the boats ahead to see what the conditions were like in the anchorage and reports came back good. We finally reached Los Frailes just as it got dark, dropped the hook and made a curry, then had a good sleep. A beautiful anchorage with sandy beaches but very deep water, a few houses on the beach and lots of Ha HA boats (35) around.
|View of the anchorage|
|Fishing boats on shore|
We were up early and determined we were going to make Los Muertos before dark which was another 45 miles north. Not a bad sail but wind was still coming from the north and on the nose. We made it before dark and dropped the anchor in 5 meters of water. Again paradise - white sandy beaches - you could see the bottom and there were colorful fish all around. We had a barbeque and relaxed after another day at sea. I was determined we were staying here for a least a day. The next day we did a few chores and then went exploring. We had went to the pub (Giggling Dolphin) ashore for a cold beer around mid day and as we were sitting there the seas began turning a funny color and within a few minutes the wind had come up and began blowing directly into the bay. By 4 we where hobby horsing so bad we were afraid our anchor would not hold and of course being on a lee shore was a worry. We had planned to leave at midnight to catch the tides up the Loranzo channel and wanted to hang on as long as possible. We were on constant anchor watch and when the wind changed direction we were then side on to the large swell coming into the anchorage. Very uncomfortable - we finally left at about 11 p.m. and had this incredible moonlight sail on a beam reach all night arriving in this beautiful place called Balandra.
|Dinghy at the beach|
Balandra is open to the west but as there was no wind we felt quite safe. After breakfast we slept a few hours and then went exploring in the volcanic rock formations. We saw baby rays all over the place and the water was a beautiful green color (picture perfect) and so shallow you could walk knee deep forever. It seemed that there were shells and fish everywhere. It was a Sunday and this bay had alot of locals from Las Paz enjoying the day and picnicing on the beach. Then again we had the wind pick up and it continued to get very dark in the sky. They get 3 days of rain a year here and we lucked out to be here for this event and at about 5 the skies opened and people were scrubbing their decks and enjoying this warm shower.
Well the shower continued to be a full on rain storm with winds over 25 knots and coming again straight into the bay. Again we hobby horsed so violently everyone was on anchor watch again - hoping that things would get better. One boat cut his anchor as he began to drag - 6 more lost their snubbers on their anchor and we - well just say someone was watching over us. Leif went forward with lifejacket and harness on at about 4 am to find our 3 strand rope down to 1 very tiny strand - so within a few minutes we would have been in big trouble. We immediately lifted the anchor and in 25 knots winds (someone said 30) - with probably 8 foot seas managed to get out of the harbor. Even with the engine roaring away we were still only going about 2 knots and the seas were so rough and confused and breaking over us. All that nice fresh water had cleaned all the salt off the boat and now it was all back. We managed to make way towards La Paz and after about 4 hours the wind and seas started to go down to 20 knots which was still too much wind but better than 25. We finally dropped the anchor around 10 am in a very calm anchorage, just outside of the main harbor and oh it was so good to shower off all the salt and have some food and a sleep and have a boat that was not moving.
|The wheels work great|
|Get a load of those muscles|
La Paz is a great place - very peaceful, loads of good food and very friendly people. A lot of the Ha Ha boats are here and everyone was sharing stories of their ordeals of the last few days. None of this weather was forcasted which makes for very difficult planning and picking the right spots to anchor.
|Only 1 strand remained!|
We will stay here until next week and then make our way to the mainland with Mazatlan our next port of call. We have another beach party tomorrow - temps today in the 80's and Leif is doing a few repairs to the boat while I sit in the coffee shop and type away.