Crossing the Sea back to La Paws and on to Caleta Partida
May 26, 2015
We left Isla Isabel, bound for Ensenda de los Muertos. This was to be our 3rd crossing of the Sea of Cortez.The morning of our 3rd day at sea, we were greeted by flat calm seas and no wind. We were just an hour or so from anchoring in Muertos when we made a last-minute decision to push on to La Paz because the conditions were so nice. And they were SO nice up until the point they weren’t. Damn the Cerralvo Channel. Things got interesting in a hurry. Out of nowhere, we had 20 knots of wind, right on the bow. Slowly the waves built up until we were taking an occasional breaker over the bowsprit. These conditions lasted about 3 hours or so. Peak winds were in the 28-32 knot range (roughly 32-37 miles per hour). Strangely, I was catching fish like crazy during these rough seas. YOLO’s motion was not terribly uncomfortable and it was actually exciting to be in some “real” ocean conditions. Definitely one hell of a roller coaster ride! As we turned the corner through the San Lorenzo Channel, things moderated and by the time we were approaching La Paz, it was dead calm. We found an awesome little anchorage just outside the entrance of the channel leading into La Paz and had a great night sleep.
We spent the next 3 days provisioning, fueling, and eating out. After all our work was done, we were ready to head to Caleta Partida for more fun and shenanigans with buddy boat Makai. The sail up was actually a motor boat ride, as the winds rarely cooperate with us here in the Sea. The scenery in the anchorage was pretty glorious. We spent the days sailing around on Makai’s Hobie Wave, drinking tasty margs, watching movies on the Jumbo-tron, and swimming with real life sea lions in the wild.