Monday, October 26, 2015

Peaceful sail down to San Juanico

Sharing some Halloween candy the cruiser way.
Sherri from SV Cake throwing, Marne catching.

Last night we spent a nice evening at Punto Santo Domingo which is at the head of the Bay of Conception.  The day was capped off with a rousing game of bocci ball on the beach, some amazing shrimp alfredo (made by my gourmet chef Marne) a spectacular sunset and then turning in around 9pm.  We arose just before first light this morning to get started on the long run down to San Juanico, one of our favorite anchorages.  It is about 45nm so at 5 knots that is about a 9 hour run.  For the first 4 hours we motor-sailed with very light winds.  As we rounded Punta Teresa, about 4 hours in, we turned off the diesel burner, dug the drifter (112 sail) out of the forward locker and let 'er fly.  We have enjoyed a beautiful, although not particularly fast, broad reach with the main and drifter putting down 3-5 knots with about 4-8 knots of apparent wind and nearly flat seas.  Super peaceful.  We are traveling with two other sailboats, Cake and Harmony.  They have both been motor-sailing all day so they are now almost in the anchorage and we are pure sailing along about 45 minutes or so behind them.

Friends Robert and Virginia from Harmony onboard sharing a meal.

Harmony caught a huge sierra early this morning so we will be getting together for some fish tacos later this evening.  Along the way we have seen a few dolphin, one live turtle and a couple of dead ones.  We are not sure what is going on with the dead turtles but to date we have seen 5 or 6 of them.  Could be a red tide or possibly due to shrimping in the area as they get in the nets.  Sad.  

All is well on board and we hope the same for all of you.  Ciao for now.

Bret and Marne
SV Liahona

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