Happy Summer Solstice to all my fellow cruisers! Sail on!
In honor of the Solstice I thought I’d reminisce a little about our cruise. I’ve picked a log entry from this time – waaaay back in 2000 as well as some photos. We were still sailing the Sea of Cortez and were enjoying our last sail before putting SAGA (our 1964 Alberg 35) on the hard for a trip to Jeff City, MO to help my sister Deb recover from a knee replacement.
“Isla San Marcos -NW anchorage
June 22, 2000 – San Carlos, Sonora, Mex.
Jann & I are in the final process of preparing the boat for three months dry storage in Marina Seca, San Carlos. We made the crossing from Santa Rosalia on the Baja side just over a week ago and from the stories we’ve been hearing, we had a good crossing. Most of the boats that left after us got into some nasty wind and waves. As it was, we chose a detour half way across when we heard that our friends from San Diego on ‘Tauranga‘ were anchored in a cove 17 nm north of San Carlos. We altered course and headed into Bahia San Pedro to play for a day or so before the decommissioning! We left three days later due to the same winds that were breaking stuff on other boats making the crossing. Finally, as the seas began to lay down, at 0630, we stuck our nose out of the anchorage and said, “On second thought, let’s wait some more!” ‘Tauranga‘ pulled out around midday, but they have 52 feet & much more freeboard than our SAGA. So we waited until we saw a shift in the winds and then made a break for it around 1500. It calmed even more as we approached San Carlos, but by that time, it was already getting dark and even under a post-solstice full moon, we were having trouble seeing our way into the harbor. Add to that, there were no navigation lights lit up on the rocks. So we hailed ‘Tauranga‘ and Marc (sweetie that he is), came out in his dinghy and lead us into the harbor with a flashlight! Thanks to Marc and Teri on the lovely ‘Tauranga‘ for feeding us in San Pedro cove, and LOBSTER too! Mighty nice to see them again.
It is REALLY HOT HERE! Definitely up in the three-digits, and it stays hot after sundown. After all, it is the Sonoran Desert! Fortunately, many businesses and restaurants have air-conditioning, unlike SAGA. The boat is almost ready to haul. It’s an amazing feat, watching them haul a full-keel sailboat out of the water without a lift. They make it look so easy with their trailer with the padded hydraulic lifts. They bring the boat as far up to the boat launch that the high tide will allow and back the trailer under it. Then they carefully raise the boat, haul it out and pull it down the highway a mile or so to the dry storage yard, (called appropriately enough – Marina Seca!). We even got to ride onboard SAGA for the trip there. They can move a boat up to 60′.
Once we get everything put away and readied for a hot summer/Hurricane season in the Sonoran Desert, then our plan is to take the Mexican bus on Friday for Tucson where we switch to US bus and head for Jefferson City, MO to help my sis recover from a total knee replacement. I understand we get to switch buses five times! But hey, we’ll get to see the country and leave the driving to them! We get in Sunday morning and my sister goes in for surgery Monday. We’re both looking forward to a break from the boat. I’m especially looking forward to a large bed, endless ice, AC and a bathtub! (Not necessarily in that order.). We’ve got some incredible pictures of whales right next to the boat, lot’s of dolphins, beautiful sunsets and bloomin’ cactus! (oh yeah, I also look forward to unlimited time online!) What a pleasant surprise to find an I-Mac at the Internet Cafe across from the Marina! Great food too! Lot’s of Gringos here, being so close to Arizona and all.”
Don’t forget to celebrate the Summer Solstice and Sailstice by going sailing!
Fairwinds and Following Seas,
Your Cruising Editor – Nancy