S/V Hello World's Travel Log

san juanico

We decided to take advantage of these strange southerlies and actually do some sailing. We weighed anchor, left Puerto Ballandra, blew the dust off our sails and hoisted them into a nice southerly breeze. We enjoyed our first downwind sailing since I don't remember when. We were headed for San Juanico for the night. San Juanico proper is a much better north wind anchorage and we still had some southerlies left to contend with so we chose to head about a mile north of San Juanico and anchor in La Ramada cove.

As we neared the anchorage, we furled the sails in and started the engine. Just then something large and hungry nailed one of the hand lines we had out. Christy worked the line for a while before hauling in a beautiful yellow tail.

The anchorage itself was great. Wave protection from every direction but the north. The south wind would gust through one of two arroyos in front of us but never for very long. When we're at anchor, wind doesn't really bother us. It's the waves that make life not very fun. So if an anchorage has some wind but no waves, we're happy.

After gutting and filleting the yellowtail, we had some out of this world sushi for dinner. The next day, we hiked a mile across the peninsula and over to San Juanico proper. To our surprise, we ran into a National Outdoor Leadship School (NOLS) group holding a cooking class on the beach. We chatted with them for a few hours. To their surprise, we're the first cruising boat they had run across in the 19 days they have been out sailing in the Sea of Cortez. They left Bahia Concepcion in four small Drascombe longboats, sailing during the day and camping at night (no tents!).

The next morning brought with it a torrential downpour. We thought of our NOLS friends on the beach and brought them over a plate of brownies and a weather report. We chatted for a bit and then ran back to the boat to clean it up. The weather forecast looked good to cross the Sea of Cortez over to see Nanette in San Carlos. 15 to 20 knots out of the south forecasted clocking around to the west at early in the morning. Easy sailing!

(You already know what's going to happen don't you?)

Our first yellowtail!


The NOLS crowd at San Juanico.

This guy gave us a magical rendition of Lonely Planet's On A Boat.

The four Drascombe longboats the NOLS group sailed down here.

Another local resident.

A "cruiser shrine". Not sure what's so great about us cruisers that we need a shrine.

26°22.930'N 111°25.870'W


Erick said...

WOW! How big is that spider and what kind is it???

Jason said...

Hey Erick! With his hairy legs and all, he was about as wide as my hand. I believe he was a tarantula but that's the first one we've seen in the wild. We were walking down the road to San Juanico when he mosey'd across. We ended up walking back in the dark and every black rock looked like a tarantula.

Aaron and Nicole said...

Christy, that is such an adorable picture of you with the yellowtail! Yum (to the fish, not you--hehe). :)


aileen said...

what the heck?! you like sushi???

Unknown said...

What is next? Wine?

Adam Yuret said...

Its lonely island. Lonely planet writes guide books. Dont worry, I know it was an easy mistake to make. We wont be asking you to turn in your nautical themed pashmina afghan.

Also, what makes sea of cortez cruisers so great is that they leave garbage with thieir boat name scratched into it in a tree on a deserted beach! you'll notice there is nothing with "Estrella" written on it, we're not "shrine-worthy"

Anonymous said...

YUM TO CHRISTY!!!! oh yeah gonna git me some!