We had a fabulous sail down the coast. The absolutely perfect wind and sea state for Konami’s blue and red fancy soft sail – the drifter. 15.5 hours of great sailing, no pole, just flying it off to port with full mainsail. Averaging 5.5 kts, WNW winds were perfect but drove us a further offshore, by nightfall the winds died. Warm winds, beautiful sunny skies, clean air at last, we were in heaven. This is what we had dreamed of, sailing a long passage on one tack with the free flying drifter. Glorious!
Unfortunately on Friday evening we became ill with a flu bug, the usual achey flu symptoms left us both unable to function on deck. John dropped all sails, started the engine and hooked up Aimee, our good little Autopilot, swung the radar and chartplotter down into the cabin and we took turns checking on the course and traffic from the cabin bed. Of course John forgot the plank at home or I would’ve gladly walked it that night! Saturday we still weren’t functioning and maintained boat course and traffic watches from bed, at least I no longer had to hug the boomgallow stanchion with my head hung over the side of the boat.
We arrived Saturday just as the sun set, dropped anchor in beautiful sparkling blue water, the air was dry with a gentle cooling breeze coming off the rugged mountains. We managed to do a quick cockpit shower, ate some plain rice and went to bed. It was 7:00 p.m., we woke up 12 hours later.
Motor hours: 40 (more than we wanted) Sailing hours: 15.5 Total distance: 265 nautical miles.
Our buddy boats Anjuli and Yare showed up today. They had traveled on the inside of Isla Cedros, having done an overnight anchor there. Anjuli reported they hooked a lobster pot line, Dan ended up going into the water to unfoul the prop. Lucky break they had no damage, only an hour in the water to get free. They caught a large dorado, similar to Mahi Mahi and gave us a large chunk of it. Fantastic fresh fish for dinner and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Dolphins swimming circles around the boat, oh we’re living the good life!