S/Y Nereida sails around the world

Solo RTW Sailor Jeanne Socrates' Adventures On, and Off, Nereida

To Bahia de los Angeles, Sea of Cortez
Reid Inlet, Alaska05
Friday 28th August 2015

Wednesday, I enjoyed the cool breezes of Bahia Quemado, just E of Bahia de los Angeles where I anchored this afternoon

I'd motored, in v. little wind, N from Cala Puertocito del Enmedio.. The only drawback to the place, apart from the chart being totally misleading on the approach, was the bees that came looking for fresh water - and found my mug of tea!

On the way to Quemado, I stopped to explore a couple of anchorages - one off Punta Alacrans and another W of Isla Pescador.... both quite different. Alacrans was disappointingly lacking in much sea life on its bare rocks... There were many sting rays in the sand of the seabed and plenty of bullseye puffers but little else and the white sandy beach by Isla Pescador only interesting for the palapas of a luxury resort, now abandoned after hurricane Odile last year, which caused damage as yet unrepaired...

I spent a time yesterday working on getting my dinghy and outboard working. The dinghy floor had deflated after I'd tried to pump it up and so needed quite a time to bring it up to pressure, and the outboard kept refusing to start - but eventually did so and I triumphantly went on a tour of the bay and nearby rocks... Lowering and raising the motor using my handybilly worked fine, although it took a time tying the dinghy alongside 'Nereida' each time.

Before leaving Bahia Quemado, Eric ('Scoots') came on board and got my GoPro camera working and also, while it was charging up, made up the aerial for a little receiver I have to download satellite weather pictures in real time - a useful tool, especially in hurricane season!

More exploring - on the way here today, I went in to Port San Juan - a 'hurricane hole and I also explored the area S of the sand bar to the N of this anchorage - but aborted quickly when I found the depths suddenly getting down to 9-11 feet (Nereida's draught is just under 7 feet!).

As soon as I'd anchored, 'Linger Longer' came on the radio to tell me that a whale shark was close by - I spotted the rounded dorsal fin twice - but got no more sighting of it... They said they'd seen three of these large but harmless basking sharks in the area! Videos shown this evening confirmed their sightings - they're BIG!!

The day ended with a good sociable evening on board 'Scoots' - 'Summer' and 'Azul' joining in for what was, for me, a farewell ... Tomorrow, I'll be making for Santa Rosalia on my way to San Carlos and a visit back to the U.K. in early September.

25 Aug - Good snorkelling as storm brews behind mountains
Reid Inlet, Alaska05
Tuesday 25th August 2015

This morning I twice heard two short barks followed by a short howl - a coyote? The steep wild mountainsides around this cove are full of all sizes of caves - perfect for wildlife and no wonder I saw a bat last night.

I decided it was time for some house- and boat-work, one urgent job involving the log impellor which had stopped working. I'd been meaning to clean it for a time, and it has clearly been under-reading, but now it was telling me nothing but sea temperature. I protected the bilge area around it with paper towels and old cloths, blocking off the limber hole - I like to stop as much seawater as possible from getting down further into the main bilge - and then pulled out the impellor, blocking up the hole quickly with the blank. That clearly needed more grease around it because a small trickle of seawater refused to stop No worries - I just had to work quickly. It was no wonder the impellor had stopped turning - it had several wormy things together with lots of calcareous tube-like deposits (their 'homes'?) and even the tiniest of shells was beginning to grow in there. It proved impossible to clean in situ so I had to remove the impellor from its housing - nice to be both the chef and bosun - a galley chopping board was useful when banging out the pin!

By 2pm, it was replaced and the area seen to be bone dry - no leaks... so the floor was replaced... job done. Time for a snorkel session on the rocks on the W side of the cove. I saw dark grey clouds and heard frequent rumbling of thunder but we were right on the edge of it. Any rain and worse weather was heading W and keeping out of sight, behind the mountains backing the cove (the Sierras Agua de Soda!!) - out to sea the sky was blue.

Plenty of fish, with several large shoals. Sting rays in the sand on the way. A good-sized vivid all-orange long slim fish - unmissable among the duller fish - a first for me! No Cortez damsels but several large yellow/black/silver banded damsels - seen often before but I've no idea what they're called. The seabed below the rock face was a jumble of large boulders - a wonderful hiding ground for these fish - no wonder they were so varied and plentiful.

I snorkelled eastward out from land to see how far the rocky bottom extended - quite a way...! So then I checked on my anchor - it was safely in nice sand, so no worries there. I continued on towards the E side of the cove - the sandy bottom continued most of the way to an exposed ridge of high, tooth-lke rocks inshore from a small sandy beach and on towards the S shore also, where the sandy seabed was quite steep-to. Clearly, there is quite a large area of safe sandy anchorage at around 20ft/7m well inside the cove - you just have to know it's there, in from the rocks further offshore.

Beautiful starry night ... Bright moon reflected in calm water and lighting up rock faces.. Rays swimming nearby, occasionally jumping... Who would want to be anywhere else??

Sat-Mon 22-24 Aug 2015
Reid Inlet, Alaska05
Monday 24th Aug 2015 From Isla Partida to Cala Puertocito de Enmedio (Baja California Norte)

This is a very rugged, deserted coastline, making landfall difficult. . We arrived just before sunset today in a small cove bordered to NW and NE by jagged rocks, with sandy beach on S shore, backed by steep-sided, barren, pink mountains and a deep valley, with some greenery, leading off to the W.

It was a very nail-biting approach, rather like approach to Isla Partida after a fabulous downwind sail on Saturday, both times knowing the chart is totally unreliable and there are rocks possibly hidden just below sea level. Correct line of approach, in both cases, was vital but difficult to be sure of... I stayed in deep water for as long as possible and slowed right down a long way out.. Hitting an unseen, uncharted rock at slow speed is more likely to be survivable than at greater speed! But I stayed safe both times.

I didn't feel very comfortable on seeing depths down to 30 ft and less when still well offshore but they suddenly dropped to show deep water again until we were very close to the cove entrance (display was due to either hidden rocks or fish) . I had radar on to show position of land and rocks on Saturday also, but it got very confusing today, with multiple echoes. Once close enough to see the lay of the land (and rocky outcrops) clearly, life became a lot less stressful and I anchored in sand at under 20ft/7m in very calm conditions.

A ray jumped and splashed back into the water nearby... a turtle showed its head twice as it swam out ...and raucous gulls flew from the sandy beach and around the dramatic, rocky headland to roost as light faded...

Surprisingly, with so much overcast, I later spotted the Space Station, shining brightly as it approached the moon and headed on SE in clearer sky.

I'm looking forward to snorkelling around the rocks here tomorrow, hoping the fish will be more varied than off Isla Partida. There, I'd gone snorkelling with "Scoots" and "Azul" - Mike explained how to spot scallops and clams lying on the sea bed or on rocks, often well-camouflaged with growth. I saw what looked suspiciously like a giant squid (Humboldt squid) lying half-hidden in a rocky recess - they're aggressive so I did NOT approach too closely...!! Later, we all got together for a sociable meal on 'Azul' - Mike was a good cook of the seafood that had been gathered that day!

The geology of Isla Partida is fascinating, with clear volcanic rock formations - a caldera? I was reminded of the Giant's Causeway in Ireland, with similar rock structure, like enormous rhombic 'crystals'.

Partida was pleasantly cooled by sea breezes - and there were no bees desperate for fresh water to make life difficult - the island was far too barren for bees to exist there. It also had currents through the anchorage that made the boats swing about a lot - often we'd all be pointing in different directions.

We'll see what tomorrow brings...

Thurs/Fri 20/21 Aug 2015 Pearl oysters...
Reid Inlet, Alaska05
Lazy day on Thurs, after getting up early to speak on radio - firstly to cruisers' Sonrisa Net and then, for quite a time, to West coast friends (and to station in Sydney, Aus) on 7151 - good clear signals from everyone. Fires in Pacific NW and B.C. are still raging badly - they desperately need sme rain and less wind if fires are to be brought under control. Firemen being killed and burned in efforts to cope.
Went snorkelling over to rocks on S side of bay - plenty of fish, from newly-hatched to usual large ones, some in shoals. Continued around to sandy beach - piles of pearl oyster shells - brought several back - they're beautiful!
Mostly relaxed and read Steinbeck - interesting comments about the sea life hereabouts, in among his typical philosophical ramblings...
Saw Space Station passing over - in N sky, passing W to E - but not very bright - sky not dark enough - a little too soon after sunset

Friday 21st August
Busy most of the day with clearing last of diesel from bilge - took an age but did retrieve 3.5l of good fuel, followed by emulsified bad from further aft. Had to abandon both manual and electric pumps and resort to paper towels held on end of long 'grabber' for remainder - slow, slow process....
Rays are frequently jumping, even at night, and after sunset, dark shapes of pelicans are close by and tonight had a pair of sealions swimming around.
Navy boat from DSanta Rosalia was stationed close by most of the day and overnight - could hear its chain snatching in the slight swell - must surely have disturbed their sleep.
Missed seeing the Space Stn - 'Scoots' said they thought it was not bright and were also not sure if they'd seen it - we'll try again when it passes over on Saturday. The Japanese craft should be closing in on it then.
Spent evening with 'Scoots' - we're both heading for Isla Partida tomorrow. I'm thinking of staying two nights before heading for Animas and eventually over to Bahia de Los Angeles briefly, before heading S again.

19th Aug - More diesel siphoning... bees ... and relaxed reading
Reid Inlet, Alaska05
Wed 19th August 2015 Bahia San Francisquito
Up late this morning, after last night's socialising.. I decided to sit out in the cockpit and enjoy a coffee while reading Steinbeck's "Sea of Cortez" - this place is too beautiful and unspoiled not to relax and enjoy it ... Dealing with the diesel can wait a bit - no rush!
I did finally get to siphoning out the diesel under the engine and was pleased to see it was also clean enough to promptly filter into the main tank - over 20 litres (several trips with the full 2l bottles). TG I'd left the floor below the engine really clean after a recent oil-filter change!
Into the sea to clean off and then a quick shower - big mistake! The fresh water attracted the bees and all afternoon, until sunset, I was plagued with them. I must remember only to run fresh water after sunset, when they're safely out of the way.
Sunset tonight was spectacular, its rosy glow lingering in the western sky above the dark silhouette of the far hills, lighting up the steep, rugged hillside on long low Isla Lorenzo out to sea, beyond the bay entrance. The dark shapes of some pelicans could be seen in the water astern of 'Nereida', a sealion swam around, its heavy breathing on surfacing clearly heard in the still air, gulls were calling as they settled down to roost and the occasional ray could be heard slapping the water as it landed back after jumping.... Above it all, an increasingly bright crescent moon hung low in the sky and reflected in the slightly ruffled calm sea surface. Just the gentlest of refreshing breezes blowing tonight. I sat for a long time, as darkness gathered, enjoying the scene, as the stars gradually appeared....

18th Aug Whales ... and diesel...
Reid Inlet, Alaska05
Tuesday 18th August 2015 - Bahia San Francisquito

Forgot to mention the whale that surfaced twice and spouted beside the boat as I was approaching the entrance to the bay here yesterday .... What a great present that was! Been a while since I last saw any whales - Banderas Bay in February, in fact.

More than made up today for the lovely day yesterday - looked for the spilt outboard fuel in the bilge ..... and found instead a vast amout of diesel down there and also under the engine. Grrr!! Eric came over to help me and it turned out that the diesel filter was so rusty it was leaking - it hadn't been changed for ages ... if ever...! Promptly changed the filter and started the engine after some priming - that part went well.

Spent the rest of the day siphoning fuel out of the bilge using a small electric pump which needed to be primed every time to get it to pick up the fuel from deep down and into one of three 2 litre old plastic milk bottles I had in store, ready for oil changes etc. To prime the pump, I had to suck on the tube until the diesel was almost to the end and then quickly place the tube end down into a bottle and be ready to switch off the pump when the bottle was almost full - not always judged too well!. A smelly procedure, despite my carefully cleaning the diesel from the end of the tube with paper tissue each time before putting it between my lips..

Mid-afternoon I took a break and went snorkelling around the southern rocky entrance point to the bay - a good variety of fish by the rocks and it was nice to lose the diesel smell for a time.

Back to work.... The good news was the diesel was looking really clean - so I filtered it back into my main tank - just under 6 litres at a time.... eleven trips up to the cockpit with three bottles of fuel each time, with the tube finally beginning to suck air around sunset - a good time to stop, ready for a change in procedure tomorrow. I checked the fuel tank level - I'd replaced 65 litres and there's still more waiting to be dealt with...

By sunset, I was more than ready to stop - over to 'Scoots' to join with 'Azul' for a combined meal and R&R I felt I'd well-deserved!

The boat 'Tony Reyes' had come in Monday night, towing about eight small open pangas and clearly with a lot of people on board. They went off in the small boats morning and afternoon and seemed to be Mexicans taking 'gringos' out for fishing trips - from the cheerful noise coming from the 'mother ship' later in the evening, they seemed to be having a good time and the boat took off overnight - to another fishing venue or back home? There are a lot of fishing charters in the Sea of Cortez but the size and numbers of the sport fish many are looking for.have dropped dramatically recently - this area and further south is suffering from over-fishing, with long-liners, big nets and 'hookah' divers contributing to a more general problem (previously plentiful squid and scallops have disappeared in many places). Maybe the Mexicans will manage to regulate the fishing before it's too late? I hope so but don't have much confidence in it happening soon enough....

Monday 17th August - a lovely sail past wild coast
Reid Inlet, Alaska05
17th August 2015

There was strong SW-WSW wind, up to 20+ knots, overnight which combined with an unusual NNE swell to make for bumpy conditions until around 5am, when it died away, but the anchor held fine. Lightning seen well away to the SE late in the evening died away without causing a problem.

Soon after sunrise, Garth took off for Santa Rosalia to get ice for his fish and reported flat calm out at sea, so he was able to make good speed. I raised the anchor and set off N after a relaxed breakfast, watching several rays jumping nearby. The NW wind increased from 7 to 12 knots, with NNE swell continuing to give a bumpy ride, and then died down as it veered to the NE - we were motoring but soon the wind had veered to the SE and increased to 12-14 kt. We had a delightful lazy sail under genoa alone, happily reaching 6.6 kt SOG on a broad reach - an unexpected present! The pleasant sail continued until the headland off Bahia San Fransiquito was in sight several hours later.

Having anchored not far from Eric and Vandy on 'Scoots', I cooked us a lovely evening meal of dorado under a clear sky full of stars with a setting crescent of moon - nice to celebrate the day with friends!

This is a lovely protected anchorage and I expect to stay for several days. One unpleasant but urgent job on Tuesday is to clear away a lot of outboard fuel in the bilge that I suddenly realised was the reason for the constant smell I've been vaguely aware of - from a damaged plastic jerry can whose contents leaked into the cockpit locker a while ago - nasty ....and possibly dangerous! After that, I'll be free to explore the area - already I've seen a ray jumping close by!

Sat/Sun 15/16th August 2015
Reid Inlet, Alaska05
Anchored off Pta Trinidad around 4pm, after escaping from Caleta Sta Maria with boat covered in film of fine gypsum dust... They'd started up at 10.30pm and stopped around 6.30am - an eight-hour overnight 'workday', presumably to prevent problems from working in the heat of the daytime sun.

I'd closed all hatches to try to stop the dust getting inside the boat and was delighted to see a heavy rainshower in distance as we left around 7am... I tried heading S toward the raincloud, but it slid inland so I soon got back on course NNW again ... Shortly afterwards, had to close all hatches again as rain started. It had spread our way and we had lovely heavy rainfall, but mainly on our starboard side. Promptly headed us out to sea to get the rain cleaning both sides of the boat, which it did nicely! I got busy with a cloth, once the rain had stopped soon after, giving all glass and coachroof a good wipe down....

Had a nice sail for two hours, running under genoa until speed dropped from around 5 kt initially to below 1 kt as the wind died, at which point the autopilot had trouble keeping course - so back on with the 'iron sail' for last part of passage to Trinidad - a rocky headland, jutting out to give good protection from the prevailing SE swell on its NW side. I dropped the hook well off to NW - but rather too far off, as it turned out... I should have done so much further in towards the beach W of the promontory and would have had better protection from the swell.

By midnight, the lightning all around was spectacular, mainly from NE to S. There was clearly bad weather not so far off, but we were spared most of it - some strong wind (and rain) but my anchor was well dug in to withstand both it and the swell that built up. I was rocked to sleep very well, alhough a motor yacht that came into the bay disturbed my sleep several times, first trying to anchor badly far too close to "Nereida", eventually giving up and heading back out to sea again... Back in shortly afterwards, to head nearer to beach (had me worried they were either going to hit rocks or get into the really shallow water well off the beach), gave up and headed out again, but came in yet again, before eventually settling for the night. They were clearly not liking the good-sized swell which always affects light motor yachts more badly than heavier sailing yachts, whose mast also helps to damp the motion. I'd seen the boat in Santa Rosalia and gathered the crew were on a 'National Geographic' mission, making a feature film about the Sea of Cortez squid. Clearly they had no decent skipper on board and were not used to anchoring, because they made a right royal mess of all their efforts and certainly got far too close for comfort to both me and to Garth's panga 'Tunaholic', much closer in to the beach!

'Tunaholic' had unexpectedly come in soon after I'd anchored, with several freshly-caught dorado, several pieces of which were beautifully cooked that evening in coconut oil and coated in breadcrumbs. Before that, I had a wonderful time snorkelling on the rocks around Punta Trinidad - even more variety of fish than I'd seen previously, including many boxer fish, a puffer fish and several flounder-like bottom fish, with lots of the larger fish in small shoals. I was thrilled, soon after my arrival and regularly after that, to see several good-sized black and white rays jumping out of the water, landing flat with a big splash, often close together. I also saw them swimming together on the surface, with their wing-tips showing just above the water.- this looks like their home ground. This entire section of coast is mainly deserted and most of it is really wild and unspoiled. I'm constantly amazed at the wonderful life in the sea here, most of which seems be perfectly accessible without the need to dive.

Sunday 16th August

No question of moving on yet - I needed to catch up on sleep, after the 'anchoring dance' of the motor yacht 'Sun Dance' the previous night (!), and I want to enjoy just being here and snorkelling on the rocks nearby again. The predicted good wind for today seems to have vanished with the overnight strong weather - I'm seeing a mere E 4-5kt and mainly clear sky, so it would be a motoring day if I moved on .... Tomorrow, perhaps, I'll move on N to Bahia San Francisquito, a very protected anchorage from all wind directions, where friends on 'Scoots' are possibly still at anchor, although they might have already made for Bahia de Los Angeles. (In readiness for a small celebration tomorrow, I've put plenty of fruit juice, some beer and a bottle of white wine in my little fridge!)

I've tried to improve my sun-awning/bimini arrangement, using some spare battens for support instead of the boom, in the hope that I'll be able to use my mainsail sometime soon, if the wind looks useful. Garth will head S tomorrow to his home base at Mulege, stopping in Santa Rosalia for ice - the fish he's caught over the last week won't keep in this heat without it and he's running short. It's been nice to have had company at times over the last few days and he's very knowledgeable about all this area.

Tues/Wed 11/12th August 2015 Isla san Marcos ... BEES!!
Reid Inlet, Alaska05
Tuesday 11th August - Safe arrival just before sunset at N end of Isla San Marcos ... Mananged to drop hook in sandy area and miss nearby rocky seabed, but in shallow water with interesting rocks nearby. Decided not to anchor in original destination - in fading light, was too difficult to be sure of anchoring safely, with rocks on both side and only small area to anchor in.

(Turned out the inverter on board was causing my earlier computer charging problem - now resolved, so computer OK for now, but seems engine was not charging batteries properly - problem still to be looked at ... Maybe all got too hot, with engine running in daytime air temp of 100F/38C???)

Surprised to find a panga (typical small shoal-draught Mexican fishing boat) inshore with friend Garth on board, who I know from San Carlos. He knows the area well, having lived (and fished) here for a long time and it was nice to have company over a meal of freshly-caught dorado!

Wednesday 12th August

Garth took me out on a fishing trip in the bright sunshine in his panga with its big outboard engine. He put out 4-5 lines with big lures, two on outriggers, as we sped through the deep water, hoping for more big fish - but no bites today.... Compensation was snorkelling on the NW coast of the island - lots of fish of all sizes and starfish seen, many like the ones seen in Bahia San Pedro on Monday. Several of the large Cortez damsel fish and another even larger yellow and black damsel fish were seen inshore but I didn't see any Moray eels - Garth said he spotted one in the rocks just offshore.

Lunch-time was noted for BEES...!!! They came looking for fresh water - and, unfortunately, found some in Nereida's galley .... so we were swamped with hundreds of them, around the sink in particular. When I went to make tea later, they appeared in the boiled water poured from the kettle. They also found their way up into the tap openings - anywhere with fresh water, including the squeegee cloth I use for washing the dishes - about fifty of them just on that! I put the bowl with it in out on deck and escaped to the aft cabin, closing the door firmly, after managing to put seawater (which they don't like) into the two plugged sinks without being stung....

After a good siesta, found only half a dozen bees left and quickly got rid of those. Clearly, any jobs involving use of fresh water will have to be done at night, when the bees aren't around....

Later had more unexpected company - Vandy and Eric on 'Scoots' had come over from the marina at Santa Rosalia, 11 mls away, I'd come across the Sea, expecting to meet up with them soon - but not here!

A brilliant sunset and a beautiful clear starry sky completed a good day, made even better by a night dip in the sea with myriads of tiny pinpricks of phosphorescence as I moved around. So far, I've not seen any of the meteor shower predicted for tonight - but I'll keep looking.

Monday/Tueday 10/11th August 2015
Reid Inlet, Alaska05
From Bahia San Pedro to Isla San Marcos (Baja Sur)

Monday 9th August

Had a lovely and productive day in Bahia San Pedro - such a protected and peaceful place.

I began the day tidying up generally in the galley and cockpit areas and then got out some silicone sealant to stick down some loose lengths of foam strips acting as gap-fillers - a simple, quick job that's been overlooked for far too long...! I checked over details of my proposed passage & landfall tomorrow, with a back-up in case of need, and looked over the Google Earth photos of the area that I'd loaded onto my iPad.. Very useful, in view of the inaccuracies in several of the available charts - especially the paper ones which are really bad.

In the early afternoon, with a nice breeze blowing to offset the hot sun, I plucked up my courage and went off around the bay in the dinghy - but I can't say I felt too comfortable, expecting the outboard to die at any moment, despite its recent service... I made sure I went upwind first, with oars at the ready, so that if the worst happened, I'd be drifting downwind back towards 'Nereida'! All went well, so long as I didn't slow the engine too much, at which point it definitely tended to die.... it doesn't like a slow idle.

The rocky base of the nearby steep-sided promontory turned out to be a marvellous snorkelling area - full of many different fish, from tiny vivid blue jewel fish through many different middling-sized ones, including several 'rainbow' fish, to small shoals of much larger fish in the deeper water - I spotted a parrot fish and some groupers and I'm sure if I'd put out a line, I'd have caught something. I'm missing a book to identify them and also wished I had a camera to take photos - it was impossible to remember the details of such a variety. The boulder-strewn seabed was rather grey and uninteresting, but I caught sight of one small deep red fan and two different starfish, their five arms either grey with a brown longitudinal stripe or beige covered in yellow spots. In the shallower water, it felt as though I was in a very warm bath ...!

I hoisted the engine up onto 'Nereida', ready for our crossing with the dinghy in tow. I'll see how that goes - I would nomally put the dinghy on deck, but I'm expecting the sea o be fairly calm with little wind and I'll be using a long bridle. We had an onshore breeze Monday afternoon, but that died away completely by around 5pm and could well be absent out at sea.

10pm Noticed sky getting hazy from the N where lightning could be seen inland frequently. Closed the wide-open hatches as a precaution - a 'chubasco' could bring very strong wind and very heavy rain, along with plenty of lightning, ...but not usually for very long. We've plenty of chain out and the anchor is well dug in, so if one comes along, we hope we'll be OK.... Fingers crossed - this is the chubasco season!

Tuesday 11th August - up early (5am) to cross over to the Baja side of the Sea of Cortez - wanting to make sure of arriving in good daylight into an unknown anchorage - always a good policy! Glad to say, I slept well, with no chubasco making an appearance, and we were underway, with anchor stowed, by 5.40am

A bumpy crossing, with beam seas from SE of just under 1m (2-3 ft) but quite close together. Wind came up nicely, so full genoa was unfurled and tensioned for a close reach, but we motor-sailed to ensure arrival in good light. My sun awning (bimini) is tied over the boom and raising the main would lead to all kinds of complications so, for this short passage, I left it alone - it's a problem I've been trying to resolve for some time, without success, the issue being the mainsheet traveller track being aft of the cockpit.

Posting this early because computer playing up - not accepting charge so power getting low .... grrr!!!

At 1850GMT(1150PDT), Isla Tortuga is 14 ml ahead and Isla San Marcos is 30 mls off - ETA around 5pm if we keep up present speed of ~5.5 kt. Wind slowly dying so may well end up under motor alone to anchor well before dark.... Too many rocks around to take chances. Keeping AIS on 'transmit' for present.


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