Leg 9 - Cabo San Lucas to La Paz
Leg 9 - Cabo to La Paz
March 24 2007
150 nm/28 hrs
After enduring one too many jet-skiers using our boat for a turning mark we are ready to leave Cabo. Cabo is definitely one of the
party capitals of the world. As usual for this time of year weather dictates when and for how long we will be going anywhere. This
time we have four days to cross the bottom of baja and get to La Paz before the next big blow. Luckily we be traveling the inside
of baja which has more anchorages with shorter distances between them. Our route will take us on three day sails of about 50 nm
each with over nights on the hook in nice bays. On the way to our first stop, Bahia Frailes, we see many whales breeching in the
distance. All heading for their northern home.
Bahia Frailes is beautiful and it was too bad we could not spend more time in the surrounding waters. We will be back. Another
daysail and we were in Bahia de Los Muertos. We arrived on Sunday and the beach was packed. We ended up anchoring in 11
feet of water about 50 feet from the beach. Kinda noisy after the tranquil beach at Frailes.
First light had us weighing anchor for our final leg to La Paz. The weather was cooperating and it was smooth sailing thru the
Cerralvo Channel which can get quite nasty. The biggest swell we saw came from a 200+ foot mega-yacht (with helicopter) that
blasted by us.
As we came up to the turn into Canal de San Lorenzo a good sized freighter was moving up from behind. Since the opening at the
turn is only a mile wide and 35-40 deep with a shoal and rocks on both sides we wanted to be sure that there was enough room
for the two of us. We tried hailing the freighter to give her our intended course. No answer. She was quickly coming right up on our
stern. Another quick radio call. No answer. She was now less than 1/8 mile off our stern looking quite menacing. We guessed her
strategy was, we would get out of the way soon. We decided to circle off, let her pass and come into her wake. Sometimes it pays
to take the safe route. She motored past us without a peep. We passed the shoal with about 37 ft under the keel.
We decided that we would try to get a slip at Marina Costa Baja in La Paz. Our friends had told us it was a new marina/resort and
not too expensive. We radioed ahead and reserved the last available slip.
The entrance to La Paz consists of a long channel (5 nm) marked with green and red buoys. Our cruising guides show the entrance
to Marina Costa Baja near the entrance of the La Paz channel. As we rounded Punta Prieta we could see the marker buoys. We
headed to what we thought was the first pair. Suddenly the water looked a little shallow. The depth meter started ticking down the
feet. 20, 16, 12, 8. Oh jeez the keel is 6 feet deep and the low water alarm is blaring. SLOW DOWN! Gauge shows 6 feet now.
Maybe we can slip through. No way...we come to stop. Sailsoon is grounded. Quick into reverse, throttle up. More throttle.
Come on baby move a little, just a little. S-l-o-w-l-y moving back. Now for a way out of here. We turn around and move forward
slowly and cautiously. Watching the depth meter and trying to follow our way in to get out. Bump-bump-bump. After sweating for
what seems an eternity we are in deeper water. Now what went wrong? We survey the horizon and spot the first set of buoy
markers. We had inadvertently tried to cross the shoals between the first and second pairs of buoys.
We finally pulled up to the fuel dock and checked in to last available slip at Marina Costa Baja.
|Pictures of our stay in Cabo
|Watch Bridget's latest video clip.
|One of the posh resorts along the east cape of baja.
|This 'rich and famous' boat went blasting by us about 20 miles south of La Paz.
Note helicopter on deck.
|Most people in baja still fish for a living out of their pangas.
|The freighter that wouldn't talk in the Ceralvo Channel.
|Which way are the marker buoys?
|Our resort like home for the next 3 weeks at Marina Costa Baja.
|The beach at Marina Costa Baja. It's easy to find reasons to stay longer.
|Pictures of our stay in La Paz