|Southern lobe near Fishermens' Cross|
Once through the La Paz channel and nearing Bahia Pichilingue, we rolled out the jib on a starboard tack and shut off the engine. An hour of sailing time, which didn't last as we lost the wind and moved into light NE chop in the San Lorenzo Channel. On with the engine. By 12:45 we were heading straight into a 12 knot headwind; more like bucking into the headwind. The ride was a bumpy one past Isla Espiritu Santo and northward to Ensenada Grande. We were anchored in the south lobe by 14:30 in 22 feet (24 degrees 33.482 N, 110 degrees 23.944 W). Bizarrely, a sailboat was racing up on our starboard side and crossing in front of us only to anchor far to our port side. What was all that rush about?
|Anchored in southern lobe of Ensenada Grande|
A marine park panga and crew stopped by later in the day to ask if we had our permits; there had been none available in La Paz. We'd been advised to buy day passes from the park staff. To show our good intentions, we produced the passes from a previous year and asked for day passes, but the crew didn't have any available! So they moved on to other boats and we wondered if they would return the next day with passes, but that didn't occur. Every year there seems to be a supply issue with providing permits to cruisers. Perhaps next year it will all come together. Cheers!
On Wednesday, April 4th, we celebrated our anniversary; a sunshine filled day with an abundance of boat, kayak and panga activity. Dolphin visits, jumping fish and our first turtle sighting. The evening topped off with a bbq dinner and spectacular sunset.
The Corumel started about 23:30 pm; with the flopper stoppers in position we slept quite well. A lively anchorage but one to which we will likely return.
|Just another spectacular Bajan sunset|