Woke up: Underway
Went to sleep: La Cruz, Mexico
Arriving in Banderas Bay
The wind direction made it necessary to sail southwest when our desired course was west. Sailing can be frustrating in this way. You can only go the direction the wind, in combination with your boat, will allow you to go.
We were still sailing away from Cabo Corrientes when I went to sleep at midnight. Throughout the night the wind picked up. By 5:00 am Peter was steering the boat by hand as the wind and chop were quite strong. He continued past the end of his shift. He wouldn’t be able to sleep in these conditions anyway.
Soon after sunrise the wind and waves settled down to a lesser roar. Peter agreed to go below and try to get some rest. The auto pilot was back at work and I promised to trim the sails, as necessary, rather than just sit and read my book.
Just after noon we had rounded Cabo Corrientes and were entering the south end of Bandares Bay.
Again we were faced with a decision. Should we angle into Yelapa for the night or sail across Banderas Bay to La Cruz? Once again the guide book described Yelapa as “a marginally protected anchorage”. We won’t be making that mistake again. We changed course for La Cruz.
Bandares Bay is huge! According to sources, Bandares Bay is 2/3 the size of San Francisco Bay. Like San Francisco Bay, the wind across the long expanse of water creates conditions for awesome sailing.
We whipped across the bay between 6.0 and 7.2 knots!
“Let me drive! Let me drive!” I begged.