|White sand and yellow limestone bluffs|
Winds were light, SW 7 - 10; we motor sailed our way with the jib partially rolled out. The VHF radio caught our attention as SV Tamburan hailed us as they passed Timbabichie. They thought Candeleros or all the way into Puerto Escondido would be their target for the night. A large splash off our beam signaled a breaching whale. Shortly after that surprise, Kelly spotted wing tips about 10 feet off starboard. |Then - just under the surface, a 6 foot manta ray, head flaps very apparent, glided passed INTREPID II. That was a treat! At noon we were in the vicinity of Aqua Verde and spotted 2 boats leaving with at least 6 masts in the north anchorage and 1 in the southern. By then we had determined we would try for Yellowstone Beach and add a new anchorage to our experience. Off we went on a heading of 350 degrees to the north end of Isla Monserrat.
|Courtesy of GatoLoco Sailing|
|Layers of yellow limestone weathered by wind|
|A big wind event building|
This was a stressful and exhausting evening and night. The ESE winds clocked and clocked again until we were facing west winds. Mo anchorages were protected in the vicinity from that direction. Checking in with the evening Southbound net at 18:55, we advised winds were gusting to 18 knots and seas were in the 3 foot range in our anchorage. Others advised they were experiencing W 20 - 30 knots in Bahia de Angeles and 15 - 20 at the Coronados. More scope let out. Our highest gust was 23 knots overnight. There was little sleep for us as we checked our position against the GPS mark. Black outside, no lights on the island and the clouds obscured the stars. One for the 'worst night' scenario books!