Bahia De Tortugas to Cabo San Lucas

Bahia De Tortugas to Cabo San Lucas

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From Bahia De Tortugas (Turtle bay) to Bahia Asuncion (56.6 NM)
Sunday Nov 12, 2017

07.40 a.m. Leaving Bahia De Tortugas
Caught one Albacore tuna for dinner.

Three sailboats. SV Volunteer, Estaban+Bely, SV Patience, Ernest+Yolanda, SV Magic, David, Mike and Dylon. All heading to Bahia Santa Maria.
Catch of the day.

06.30 p.m. Anchored in Bahia Asuncion bay

Bahia Asuncion {Nov 12-15, 2017}

This is what we came for> Clean few boats friendly caring people and good reasonable priced food. Yip we are anchored out there. The surf break does not look much but in a small inflatable it can be fun. These pangas are dragged into the water each morning and then back on the beach at the end of the fishing day.

Bahia Asuncion Bay water is cleaner than turtle bay with Black sand. Have to pump dinghy to get in shore and each day we get wet from swell. The village is safe and people are nice. Several grocery store and few restaurant. There is a restaurant in front beach with rope fence. Name of restaurant “Brisas Del Mar”.

From Bahia Asuncion to Santa Bahia Maria (199 NM)
Thursday Nov 16, 2017

07.40 a.m. Bring anchor out. Leaving Bahia Asuncion
Wind too light so we did main sail, head sail and motoring.
Saw 4 sea turtles (brown shell color on the way. Hundreds of Dolphins chasing the bow.

Sea Turtle. Think we saw about 8 in 2 days. Hard to get a good picture as they are hard to see until they pass and if they think you are a threat they dive.
No idea how many. they seemed to come in droves. Leaping and flipping must have been the best part of an hour before they grew tired of playing
SV Schatzi, Roger and Lynne, we left at the same time.

Around 05.30 p.m wind get stronger but not too strong. Better put mainsail down. So there is another American sailboat that we go along the same direction. It is good to see another boat.

Friday Nov 17, 2017 overnight navigation

First land we see. it seems to take all day to draw close in fact it did take all day. It was past sunset when we got into the bay.
Mexican Light house.


Saturday Nov 18, 2017 Anchored in Santa Bahia Maria

Bahia Santa Maria {Nov 18-20, 2017}

One of our favorite bay with landscape of mountains. Foggy happens some day and one day the fisherman came.

The fishermen are not supposed to sell to us guys. But in the fog no one can see them do the deal.

The Morning was flat calm and foggy. Luksana was not a happy camper as we had not provisioned for a deserted spot like this. But then out of the fog came…..
Three fisherman came through the fog. Looking for AA batteries which I gave for free.
Would you like Lobster they asked? Of course I refused. Right. Three cans of Coke and guess what.. someone was happy again.
Beautiful and wild place completely open to the West but a great place.

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Santa Bahia Maria to Bahia Magdalena (~30 NM)
Tuesday Nov 21, 2017

08.39 a.m. Leaving Santa Bahia Maria
02.30 p.m. Anchored in inside the entrance of Bahia Magdalena
A very strong tide in the evening. Bow not face to wind like big motor yacht.

Bahia Magdalena 

A very strong tide while tide changing .

Bahia Magdalena to Cabo San Lucas. (Estimates 150 NM)
Wednesday Nov 22, 2017

11.50 a.m. Leaving Bahia Magdalema
5.30 p.m. very light wind
Thursday Nov 23, 2017  a.m. – midday no wind and very hot.

We do not carry enough fuel to motor 400 miles. So we needed to sail at least 100 of the 250 to Cabo. Unfortunately this did not happen. Tried sailing whenever there was a puff of wing. Ran the engine at very low speed trying to stretch the fuel but eventually the inevitable happened. So we spent about 6 hours ghosting along , getting excited when we made 3 knots. I cut towards the shore as I had read that often strong offshore winds develop as you near cabo. AT about12.20 p.m. the wind stops being flukey and fills in and gradually we start to be a sailboat again There is another 55 NM to Cabo San Lucas After midnight the wind pick up and we start to sailing 8.5 knots. Engine stopped working at 6 pm. Very light wind. We thought we will have a hard time to get to Cabo San Lucas that may be a few days with very light wind. Later on after the sun set We saw big group of clouds is coming from west. Started creating wind. But wind wasn’t steady So head sail keep banging. until 8 p.m. Then   Wind get better but still light.We started to feeling good but still hope that wind will steady like this and take us to the end of Baja California.

Had to do this 3 times that night. At least the fuel cans were empty so easier to move.. The only access to the engine is through the locker. slight design flaw Mr Dufour.

LAst Pacific Sunset. Beautiful. 10 mins later the engine died

Friday Nov 24, 2017

After 1 a.m. Very good sailing at night until we see headland rock before Cabo San Lucas.

Wind and waves are very strong at the point. We light to see how rough of ocean. Night navigation again we try to direct the boat to anchor without engine. Big cruise ship in the bay.

05.30 a.m. Anchored 75 feet in front of beach

Cabo San Lucas {Nov 24-26, 2017}

You name it they have it at Cabo.
So you want to get away from it all. The dawn rush for the sport fleet.
Time to get out of dodge. The bay before bedlam when the cruises ships deposit theier guests, scores of sea does jet skis boats towing parachutes tours etc etc. Madness. After the month in small isolated places this was like waking up to your worst nightmare.
Cabo arch

We docked a dinghy here in front of the Marina Office for US$ 3 ticket.
We anchored this spot. {That we can see Costco just across}

 

 

 

From Ensenada to Bahia De Tortugas (Turtle Bay)

Greetings from Puerto Los Cabo {San Jose del Cabo} Baja California Sur,

After almost a month of travel we finally made it to our second marina at Puerto Los Cabo after we had left Ensenada. We did some islands hopping along Baja California Sur.

Baja California, Mexico บาฮา แคลิฟอร์เนีย ประเทศเม็กซิโก
From Ensenada to Islas San Benito (272.5 NM)

Saturday 4/11/2017
09.30 a.m. Leaving Baja Naval Marina and fill fuel at Coral Hotel Marina. Heading out to the Pacific Ocean set course to Bahia De Tortugas. Set main sail and head sail. In the evening wind get stronger put down main sail. Wind and gust combined waves high up to 15 feet. Steer until dawn. Full moon. A Long…long way I thought.
p.s. Urine very often and to walk to use the head while boat is rocking a whole time will get more sea sick. so I prepared private bucket to use. Steering all night.

Sunday 5/11/2017
All day sailing and night. The moon is still bright with stars to help navigate night time.

1 a.m. fan  belt rip off from the engine. We had been hit with some freak wind gusts of 35 to 45 knots that arrived from 180 degree angles in a matter of less than a 60 seconds.   This jammed the mainsail halyard and caused the head sail to wrap and jam at about one third its normal size. Nightmare again with no engine to help in rough sea condition. Stephen vomit while trying to fix it. I was tired and feared. Cross in my mind whenever I step on land I will buy a ticket and go back to Thailand . What I am doing here! I hope that I will survive after tonight. We also did not have food for 2 days only water and small biscuits. Steering all night.

Full moon that help for night navigation.

Monday 6/11/2017
In the morning we can see small head land. The distance from Ensenada to turtle bay compared as from San Francisco to L.A. Which takes time sailing about 2.5 days.  by 9 am we find another problem. Our Garmin Electronic charts are very inaccurate often 2 to 3 miles out.   the We circle back and forward the boat around the island looking for sign of turtle bay. Wasn’t fun for 4 long hours after two  days and night. Steve went and found a fan belt that was too small but managed to get it attached. This was great as we needed to anchor so that we could get the storm damage fixed.
02.30 p.m. Anchored at Islas San Benito
Max speed 11.2 kts
Total 272.3 NM
Avg. speed 5.2 kts
Anchored at Islas San Benito water level 50 ft

Islas San Benito is very impressive with water so blue and crystal clear that you can see white sand in bottom and our Mantus anchor buried deep. When look down and stare sometimes you can see lobster moving on the ground, The area we decided to anchorage the fisherman put lobster trap around areas. This is not the place for anchored but thought we were too tired to go anywhere else. We feel very excited to see one American sailboat here name ‘Magic” after a few days not meet any other boats.

Islas San Benito 

Clear water where Beautiful Swimmer anchored.
Landscape
evening view from cockpit.
A good nights sleep while anchoring on the Pacific Coast of Baja needs a good Anchor. Our Mantus has been great never moved an inch even in high winds and big swells. Now if I could only convince the Admiral that I do not have to check every hour at night.LOL /Steph

Like almost  all anchorages down the Pacific coast of Baja great, they are open to the Ocean swell. Having a great anchor means that you can sleep well even when close to a reef like this one. It blew up to 20 knots that night and I checked our position regularly and we did not move an inch.

Flying fish came aboard night of the storm. Luksana’s dinner next day.

From Islas San Benito to Isla Cedros (estimates 40 NM)
Tuesday 7/11/2017
10.45 a.m. Leaving Islas San Benito, sailing with light wind
02.00 p.m. Anchored at Bahia del Sur, Isla Cedros

Isla Cedros  {means island of cedars” in spanish}

From Isla Cedros to Bahia de Tortugas (Turtle Bay)(Estimated 40 NM)
Wednesday 8/11/2017
07.30 a.m. Leaving Isla Cedros, after 2 hours wind died we motoring all the way to turtle bay. Keep our eyes on lobster trap.
03.30 p.m. Anchored in Turtle Bay (Bahia De Tortugas)

At Turtle Bay , The front restaurant and the gas pier dock are well known about over the price that spoiled by the American Baja Haha and American wealthy with big motor yacht. Some restaurant provides wifi that most sailors need.
Anyway mexican people who live in town are willing to help (Just like the book said) such police station, auto parts shop.

Turtle Bay or Bahia De Tortugas

No dock at turtle bay. This is how they transfer material from the shore to boats with an old amphibian, semi boat and car drive from beach into water. I suppose in the rich world we would have built a multi million dollar breakwater and loading facility, while health and safety government officials would have closed this operation down. Having said that I would have worn 2 life jackets for a trip around the bay LOL.
A blast from the Past. No dock at turtle bay. This is how they transfer material from the shore to boats with an old amphibian, semi boat and car drive from beach into water. I suppose in the rich world we would have built a multi million dollar breakwater and loading facility, while health and safety government officials would have closed this operation down. Having said that I would have worn 2 life jackets for a trip around the bay LOL.
Strong Words, but they fit the marine fuel supply dock. EVery scam known to mankind. The prie can fluctuate a dollar a litre in a matter of moments. One boat gets one rate the next boat a different rate. Also this man is a genious. He can fit 89 litres of fuel into 3 20litre jerry jugs. The only alternative is to pack your fuel from the Pemex Station a bout a mile away and when the surf is up a beach landing is near impossible. If you are in a boat you are a "RIch American" and can afford to pay what ever rate he deems fit. Leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Also be aware that the fuel is not off the best quality. My new filters turned black very quickly after refueling here. The alternative is to go 50 miles south to Asencion. Great village, very friendly people and the Pemex can be reached easily by tender or by a short walk down the road. Next time ah!
The thief at Turtle Bay. Strong Words, but they fit the marine fuel supply dock. EVery scam known to mankind. The prie can fluctuate a dollar a litre in a matter of moments. One boat gets one rate the next boat a different rate. Also this man is a genious. He can fit 89 litres of fuel into 3 20litre jerry jugs. The only alternative is to pack your fuel from the Pemex Station a bout a mile away and when the surf is up a beach landing is near impossible. If you are in a boat you are a “RIch American” and can afford to pay what ever rate he deems fit. Leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Also be aware that the fuel is not off the best quality. My new filters turned black very quickly after refueling here. The alternative is to go 50 miles south to Asencion. Great village, very friendly people and the Pemex can be reached easily by tender or by a short walk down the road. Next time ah!
from left: Bela, Ernst, Yolanda, Stephen, Esteban
The surf hitting the beach gives an idea to the problem of trying to get up the ladder. It is a matter of seconds to make your attempt. The day before a boater received serious lacerations when he mistimed his leap and was cut on the many rusting obstructions that jut out from the decrepit dock. On the other side of the dock is a wooden stairwell. However the last 4 or 5 stairs have gone missing! Wonder if this is another ploy so that people will not be able to load fuel easily from the Pemex Station? plus the “Professional Water Taxi” which charges $5 for 200 metres would have some competition.

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