Well the family on SV Banyan has been out of cell service and internet range for a while. I’m getting a little bit twitchy!
Since we last did an update on our adventure we have moved north. We took off from Cabo San Lucas on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. We curled around the eastern cape and have been making our way north into the Sea of Cortez. The winds are mainly from the North this time of the year and seem to be a bit stronger than normal. The winds have been pretty steady in the 18 – 25 knot range (stiff breeze) so we have been carefully watching the weather and picking our sailing days when we can have enough wind to sail but not so much that it’s uncomfortable. We have been motoring as little as possible to conserve fuel aka $ and also it’s just more fun to sail, even slowly.
We spent 5 days in Frailes, a large protected anchorage with great holding. For us it was a solid day’s sail north of Cabo. It was very quiet with only a few homes and fisherman. We snorkeled, fished, hiked up the hill and made more ceviche! We also had a few sundowners with other HaHa boats that were in and out of the anchorage.
I think that has been the best part of the HaHa; we see other boats here and there from the rally and we say “hi” and get to know them, even if we didn’t meet them during the HaHa. It’s been a really nice way to build community.
While in Frailes we connected via SSB powered email with a few of the kid boats from the HaHa who were a little ahead of us. They invited us to join them on Isla Partida where several of them were getting together. The prospect of hanging out with other parents and kids sounded pretty fun so we hightailed it up to Partida Cove, between Isla Espriritu Santo and Isla Partida, skipping some of the more popular stops, like La Paz.
Our version of “high tailing it” at the time was pretty slow progress as the winds were strong and out of the north but we slogged through it. We did a two night passage sailing the whole way. Another reason we were slow is that the bottom of Banyan had a few hitch hikers on it…well, more than a few. Banyan had a veritable lumberjack beard growing below the water line. It was a little embarrassing. The bottom of boats, especially in warm water are a haven for all sorts of growing things like sea grass and many varieties of barnacles. We had quite the collection which was helping us glide through the water about as much as Isa helps me glide on the paddle board when she is sprawled out on the back, goggled head in the water and legs dragging in the water.
We got to Partida Cove on the morning of Isa’s 7th birthday! She was a little perturbed that we were still sailing when she woke up but we made it up to her by accidentally doubling her cake recipe and therefore inviting all the boats in the anchorage over to celebrate. It was a hoot having such a fun impromptu birthday party. Isa felt very special. That party started around 2:30 and eventually morphed into dinner as each boat contributed some ingredients and we made some nice soups.
Partida Cove was an amazing place (the center of an ancient Volcano), with special people (SV Wild Rumpus, SV Cielo Grande and SV Agamare among other boats who have popped in and out) and we had the most amazing weather. It was a bit blustery now and again, but in general we had some absolutely gorgeous days anchored in crystal clear turquoise water watching the fish glide around under the boat. The Sea of Cortez is alive! There is so much sea life it’s astonishing.
One fine day we all hopped on SV Agamare and took a sail up to the north end of the island, towing two dinghies. We anchored in the most northern cove and then hopped into the dinghies for a trip up to the rocks where you can swim with the sea lions. I wish our underwater camera was working because it was absolutely incredible! The sea lions are quite used to tourists and swim all around you, underneath you and will literally play with you under the water. Wow.
While in Partida, Cameron borrowed a hookah from another boat (Thank you Trevor!!!)… no, not the middle eastern smoking device, but an 12 volt air compressor and hose so that you can stay underwater below your boat… cleaning!!! Cameron spent almost one whole day working under the boat scraping off Banyan’s beard and replacing out two zincs. It was hard work but it has paid off… Banyan is slipping through the waves at almost double the speed. Cameron now appreciates paying to get the job done… he had to pull out a little crab from his ear afterward (hours afterwards in the shower). There were probably thousands of them that became displaced…poor things.
A few days later was Thanksgiving! Between the kid boats, we spread the cooking duties for a fabulous feast. The mom’s sorted it all out over margaritas a few nights before (it was hard work and the meeting lasted into the night…..). On the morning of Thanksgiving all the boats rafted up so that we could be together during the cooking.
Kids were jumping from boat to boat, watching Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving, playing with each others toys, jumping in the water and helping cook. Instead of a kid table and an adult table we had a kid boat and an adult boat… It was a fairly unique and extremely special Thanksgiving.
We are feeling very very blessed… Lots to give thanks for!
Look for another post in a few days and the BajaHaHa video still on it’s way – uploading video with slow connection = hard so I’m going to have to have a little learning curve.
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