Monday, January 31, 2011

Bahia Chamela to Tenacatita

We spent four days in peaceful Bahia Chamela. It was a windy passage from La Cruz so the first day in the bay was devoted to catching up on sleep and enjoying a magnificent sunset aboard the boat. The next day we wandered around the village of Perula, entertained fellow cruisers aboard the boat and were treated to a magnificent night of stargazing. There was another boat anchored very close to us so I was up every two hours to make sure we didn't tangle as the wind and current shifted throughout the very dark and moonless night. Around 0400 I was checking our anchor and noticed the Southern Cross low in the sky to the south, then looked the other way and saw Polaris, the north star, not far above the northern horizon, with the Big Dipper circling it. In between was the Milky Way, with its billions of stars and the mighty Orion was directly overhead. I sat for some minutes in the cockpit in awe of this wonderful show.

The following day we motored out to Isla Cocinas, one of several small islands in the southern reaches of Bahia Chamela. We anchored on the northeast side of the island near a tiny sand beach that was crowded with pelicans. We landed the dinghy through the small surf and discovered pelicans nesting in the cactus. It was a wonder how a pair of pelicans could build a nest and hatch their young in the top of a 20 foot tall cactus. Later we circumnavigated the island in the dinghy, returning to the Honcho around 1600.

We left Bahia Chamela around 1000 this morning, motoring slowly out of the bay in almost no wind. Around 1100 the wind filled in, light at first, and we hoisted sails and shut down the engine. Our course took us out past the tiny cove at Paraiso and Punta Etiopia. We sailed well out to sea and as the day wore on the wind built to about 20 knots. With a following sea and wind, the Honcho surfed along at speeds of up to 10 knots, a new record for the boat. We were at the mouth of Bahia Tenacatita by 1600 and were snugly anchored in the upper bay by 1700.

Tenacatita is a lovely bay, surrounded by beatiful beaches and lush tropical vegetation. We're only 19 degrees north of the equator here and it feels like it. We'll spend a few days exploring the area, perhaps indulge in a coco loco, and  do some serious snorkeling out near Punta Hermanos.

1 comment:

  1. Tenicatita! My favorite anchorage when we were in Mexico. Rode out a small tidal wave when we were there.

    Here's some press we received for the Dart.

    http://www.navagear.com/2011/01/27/new-boat-left-coast-dart-at-seattle-boat-show/

    And some more, see page 2 on this thread

    http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/showthread.php?1308-Seattle-Boat-Show-January-21-thru-30

    The sprit was very well received. Reports I've been told by sales is that people really loved the machine. They handed out 250 brochures and that was being carful with them. Everyone all spun up about the boat, but no one will sign up for a test sail? I'm at a loss..

    Anyway, I'm going to call Chris Winnard and line him up to take hull #2 to Seattle. (#2 has the sprit and one of his a-kites). I'll get him to do a couple races. Maybe if he rubs their noses in it a little, someone will step up.

    -jim lee

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