We had a good passage from Mazatlan over to the Sea of Cortez. About 38 hours in all, got to sail about 5 hours of that. It was nice to only have one overnight. We made landfall at Muertos, just South of La Paz.
|Flying the spinnaker on the crossing.|
The next morning we were up early, determined to sail out around the point, and up the Cerralvo Channel, which can get very windy. The route took us past remote beaches with little developments. We noted the location of Las Ventanas and Los Brailles, which are supposed to be meccas for windsurfing and kitesurfing. The season starts there in November, so it is penciled in on our calendar for next fall. Next stop was straight into Bonanza Bay, a huge horseshoe white beach where two other sailboats were quietly anchored. We had a beautiful afternoon of exploring the long, shell strewn beach, accessed via our boards. The sand was made up of little shells, each one was tumbled smooth from the waves. We could see and hear on the radio other sailboats as they also made it up the channel and turned west and then south towards La Paz. Our first plan was to go directly into the islands north of Laz to wait out the approaching Northerly winds, but we decided to head into the town of La Paz. As Nancy described, “there is a galley emergency, we are down to the last tomato and onion”! Rob happily obliged as he has heard many tales of the local watering hole named “The Shack”, which supposedly serves up vertically challenged hamburgers to enthusiastic patrons.
|Sunrise in the Sea of Cortez|
|Ensenada de los Muertos|
|Train Collection at the Gran Sueno Hotel|
|Nancy arrives on Bonanza beach via Standup paddleboard|
|Amazing solitude in anchorage|
A beach of sand and shells
Rob's new shell pedicure