|Courtesy of Moon Publications|
Puerto Ballandra is a small bay on the north west side of Isla Carmen, a large island to the east of the small city of Loreto which is an historic mission location. It is approximately 24 nautical miles in a southerly direction from San Juanico as the dolphin swims, so we estimated between 4 - 5 hours for our journey. The forecast was for afternoon winds of NW 15 - 20 knot winds and NW seas in the 2 - 4 foot range. As 'afternoon' is not precisely defined we headed out at 09:45 into a light swell to take advantage of lighter winds and smoother seas. As we mentioned in our brief earlier update, Ballandra is a great anchorage and we enjoyed our first time very much.
|Cactus high on ridge over beach|
|Red sea star in clear shallow water|
|Shale formation on south west headland|
Another quiet night with a decision made to haul anchor in the morning and set our sights for Aqua Verde.
|Sunset looking towards Loreto to the west|