We will remember this leg of the trip as the “long voyage from Ensenada.” We left at 10:15am just as two of the sailing vessels, in the group we recently have attached ourselves to, were leaving. It was nice knowing that there were other vessels we knew of out there along the passage. Steve estimated 45 hours and it was exactly that as we pulled into Bahia de Tortuga (Turtle Bay) at 7am in the morning after two nights of transit. Adagio performed flawlessly and the seas were for the most part nice. One of the sailors said our VHF was great as they heard us from almost 60nm away. We were reporting our position to everyone but could not hear anyone else. The group was keeping tabs on each other at 2 hour intervals throughout the trip but by the middle of the night, the first night, we were losing communication with the next boat behind. We travel quite a bit faster than the sailboats, and we ended up leaving the boats far behind, and out of radio range after about 12-16 hours. This was also the furthest from shore that we have traveled since leaving La Conner; we were 40nm offshore at one point.
Turtle Bay is a nice location. The water is back up to about 69 degrees. One afternoon we went to the beach and swam and played in the waves. One of the vessels in the sailing group invited everyone over for Tuna and a potluck since during their transit they caught too much to eat. We were able to socialize and get to know the group better. Everyone has an interesting history and interesting plans for their trips and future. Of the 5 or so vessels, let’s just say that Steve and I bring the average age up a bit! A bit of funny was at the end of the evening we were all departing for our vessels and someone mentioned that we are now in the Mountain time zone and many of us were oblivious to the fact. So now we are all up to speed and getting adjusted.
One morning Steve started the generator and Zappa runs in from the swim step carrying a fish that he was eating. The fish was quite big at 7 inches or so. After removing it from the carpet in our salon and throwing it in the ocean, we checked his paws and they were dry. There are some little fish staying under our boat but this one was bigger. Zappa is probably not the excellent fisher-cat we thought at first, as some of the sailors mentioned that they saw small flying fish here in the bay. We are pretty sure that one had spent the night on the swim step after a making a poor choice for his aerial exploration.
We will be leaving here with a few days. Our plan is to make a stop at Bahia Abreojos and then on to Bahia Magdalena (Mag Bay). We are waiting for the seas to calm a bit before heading out.
|Beautiful Mexican sunset, far out at sea.|
|An AIS target almost 300 miles away. A cruise ship leaving Avalon on|
Catalina Island, near San Diego!! WOW!!!!!
It must have been an atmospheric condition that allowed it to travel so far.
|Christmas is coming, and we now have a tree. The decorations all all made|
|Playing on a nearby beach. Warm water at almost 70 degrees.|
|Cindy made a Lego Santa. They made a gingerbread house a few weeks ago,|
it is on the counter behind Kevin.
|It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas......|
|Rowing to town. Some of our new friends anchored behind Adagio.|
|The bay from shore|