About 2 miles from our anchor location in Asuncion last night at 2100
hrs with an amazing meal of lamb sausage, sauteed veggies and brown rice
awaiting, the engine died. Fuel guage read empty. We hoisted sails and
tacked for the next maybe 2 hours before deciding to drop hook in 50'.
Good experience for anchoring under sail. And finally around 11 pm we
ate dinner and fell hard asleep in our bunks wondering how we were ever
going to get some diesel. It delayed us about 10 hrs but Jean and Bonnie
were able to score 60 gallons! The people at Asuncion were super and
very efficent. They brought it to us in jerry jugs and Francis and Jean
spent the next hour siphoning diesel into our main port tank. We were
full and our wonderful engine fired up with a few turn on
the ignition and a thrust of throttle. After a great lunch by Jean we
hauled anchor and headed out. We are now motor sailing toward Cedros.
We will skip Turtle Bay and pick up more fuel in Cedros and check out
there instead of Ensenada.
Couple of tips for my friends Harry and Susanne on their Island Packet
who are following behind me next week.
1. Bring more diesel than you think you need.
2. It is GREAT to have crew to help with watches ... and just have fun
with. We are on a 2 hour rotation and we love it. Lots of time for
napping and staying warm.
3. After leaving Falso we found the sea conditions extremely better
close into shore. Maybe 2 miles out. The rhumb line was terrible.
4. We rounded Punta Tosca in the early evening by coming up in its lee
and going around. It worked great. Seas calmed down close to land and
made it easy to go around.
5. If you can connect with a fisherman in Bahia Santa Maria request a
ride up the mangroves to the end and then hike into the sand dunes.
They also sold us yummy lobster.
6. For us the passage to Abroejos was the worst. I would say if you have
time and the winds are bad, duck into San Juancio and wait!
7. We have been motor sailing about 30 degrees off the wind and our
rumbline with either a double or single reefed main, tacking back and
forth and happy when we have a VMG of 3. It is a pretty comfortable
Looking forward to checking out at Cedros, skipping Turtle Bay and
Ensenada and seeing the shoreline of San Diego!
Diane Berol is an ocean adventurer and the captain of Celtic Song based in San Diego, CA.