|Looking to west shore of Punta Perico|
Geary predicted "northerlies in most of the sea for Wednesday and Thursday", so it was time to move on. We wrote 'who knows?" in our boat log under Forecast. Our sights were set almost due north of us, to Punta Perico South, on the east side of Isla Carmen, 17 nm away. This small bay offered good north wind protection and was just under 4 hours away. At 10:00, in overcast skies promising to clear to blue, and a WSW wind of 12 -15 knots, we checked our depth as we motor sailed past the islets; just 30 feet at one spot. At noon our sails were filled, engine was off and we enjoyed the quiet, sunny day, making just over 5 knots. We could see our destination. Our sail was graced with visits by a jumping ray, dolphins leaping and swimming along side, flights of pelicans and a curious sea lion.
Of course, the wind plays games and we were heading too far to NE. A quick tack to port, but our speed was dropping to 3.7 knots. On with the engine and rolled up the jib to make our way in to yet another "new to us" anchorage. At 13:40 we were anchored in 17 feet at 25 degrees 58.289 N, 111 degrees 04.583 W. The winds filled in from the north at 14 - 15 knots, as predicted. A quick lunch and then a long nap! We felt secure and sheltered and needed to catch up on last night's lost hours.
|Fishermen's camp on shore|
|Soft skies at dusk looking towards Bahia Salinas|
It was a busy day for radio contacts as we heard from folks on SV Charlotte Alane and SV Tamburan. Today's 'norther' seemed to be staying in the 16 knot range and very manageable. Towards 17:00 pm we were joined by a power boat who anchored, then re-anchored and put out a stern line. They quickly dropped their dinghy with a splash and zipped off to fish for the evening's main course.
|North shore - gravel beach|
|East side of Punta Perico - with reef extending south|
|Cacti marching up north slope|
|Layers and colours and contours|