Automated message shows Celtic Song at anchor.
The captain reported the previous evening:
1900 (UTC-6) - Eyes open, now 30 kt winds, big breaking waves. This to shall pass. Hand steering, sailing crew well.
Clawing our way to our anchorage at Abreojos. 4 - 6' confused seas with
2-3 second waves. Wind speed 20+. Celtic Song is purring away at 2500
rpms with a double reef main. Crew is amazing. Jean on watch now and
Francis is preparing to relieve her. Fortunately we ate a good bkfast
and tamales for lunch. Thank you Jean. Crew all still doing their
daily cleaning tasks. Yes, Bonnie wiped the saloon as she was bounced
up and down and back and forth. Everyone is doing well. And Celtic Song
is awesome. Love that engine. We are passing San Ignacio Laguna now.
I was there a month ago with Peggy, Barry, Sharon, Val and Cheryl. Just
on the other side. Hope to make anchor not tooooo late in the evening.
Still 25 miles as the crow flies. However we are tacking on our
rumbline because hitting these waves square on would be too brutle. This
has been the longest 150 miles ever!
That's it for now going to rest before my turn at the helm!
(The Admiral adds that the name Abreojos is interesting: it translates to “open eyes” or perhaps the injunction “open your eyes.”)
Good Easter morning,
We are underway. All good here. Rested crew, clean crew and boat, fully
stocked ready for two + days at sea. I will be in touch later. Winds
look favorable. Diane
We made it to Santa Maria in 38 hours from Cabo anchorage. Used Jim Elfers book Baja Bash. We did not use the rhumb line. Stayed inside 2 -3 miles off land. When we went out to rhumb line half crew was seasick.
Approached Pt Tosca, in afternoon with large seas and wind. Boat speed drop to 2 - 3k. We ducked down into lee of land then came around.
BSM anchorage excellent. Great Panga ride up the mangroves to the sand dunes, spiny lobster and oysters from the fisherman. We are now buddy boating with Val and Jill on their Selene 36 who we met in San Jose Del Cabo.
All is well. Made water and transferred fuel. Leaving 0700 today for Turtle Bay.
We are all feeling a bit better today. Yesterday after rounding Falso
we were lured out to sea feeling quite smug after passing Falso with
flat seas. Mistake, an hour later it was miserable. We found ourselves
in 4'+ rolling seas and the wind was picking up to 17 knots. Celtic
Song's ship's bell was ringing. Ringing so much that I discovered this
morning Francis tied her shut! Below was miserable, like the inside of a
washing machine, couldn't sleep, couldn't eat and only Francis was
feeling great. We should have paid heed to what we read by Jim Elfers
and had one foot on land and one foot in the water. After about 3 hours
of misery we headed 5 miles back to shore and all was calm. Finally we
were able to secure 4 - 5 hours of sleep. Ahhhh sleep, restoration.
Crew is amazing. Bonnie never did throw up. Jean was super helping
Bonnie learn her watch duties and Francis, well what can I say. He
still feels and looks terrific!!! Me...I'm doing much better.
Currently we are blessed with flat seas and only 6 knots of wind on our
nose. 30 miles from Punta Tosca. Hope to arrive at Santa Maria in the
wee hours of the morning. I have told my crew that so far this is the
calmest Bash I have ever done. CS is purring along smoothly, log book
is up to date all systems are working perfectly. Downloading weather
now. Just heard from Susie Campbell who has been holed up on Cedros
Island for this past week that her Tuesday weather window just got shut
again! I think we may catch up with her!!!!
We are having an amazing broad reach/wing n wing sail into San Jose
del Cabo right now. Just received a weather report from Commander's
Weather. Our weather route will be departing San Jose del Cabo Thurs
noon. Arrive Cabo, anchor overnight and depart early morning.
After a very bumpy night at La Ventana we decided not to suffer any more,
and hauled anchor at 0720 and are now underway to Los Frailes. Everyone
is settling in great. And life will be even better when we get a good
night's sleep at Frailes. Yesterday we logged in 60 NM, skipped Balandra
because of the onslaught of tourists and powerboats. Motored through the
Canal de San Lorenzo, and sailed most of the day down Canal Cerralvo on a
beam reach with 14 - 17 Knots of wind. I am happy to report all systems
are functioning. Makes my day. OK, signing off for now to raise sails.
Wind is out of the West at 15K. All is well enough!
Wonderful, friendly, happy La Paz. Successful provisioning - avocados, papaya, pineapples, melons, avocados. Lots of local yummy foods.
Untying and heading out to Puerto Balandra this afternoon to anchor and explore. Plan to go through the night to Los Frailes.
Welcome to new Baja crew! Katarina and Francis! Meeting up with Bonnie and Jean in San Jose Del Cabo sometime on Wednesday and hope to tackle Cabo Falso on Thursday. The beginning of the Baja Bash!
Pray for fair winds!
Diane Berol is an ocean adventurer and the captain of Celtic Song based in San Diego, CA.