Coromuel winds were blowing from the south the morning we left Isla San Francisco on April 9th. This was great news for Pura Vida as they were going to get a nice push on their way north, at least for a few miles.
and Interabang were headed south to Seychelles , pretty much into
the wind. During the long motor-sail
Trisha studied our cruising guides looking for an anchorage on one of the
islands with protection from coromuels.
She didn’t have much luck. All
she found was a brief comment about Caleta Partida, an anchorage in the gap
between Isla Partida and Isla Espitiru Santo.
The book said that some boats anchor on the south side of Caleta Partida
to get protection from southerlies. We
set a course for Caleta Partida and got on the radio to share our plan with La Paz . Seychelles
The two mile trip down the narrow passage between the islands offers some spectacular scenery. When we got to the anchorage, we headed for a spot near the steep hill on the south side. The sun was high in the sky so we got a good view of the bottom twenty feet below. Trisha was on the bow and directed me to a large sandy patch where she dropped the anchor. Seychelles arrived an hour or so later and anchored nearby.
After having dinner on Interabang, we took the dinghy to
for desert. The wind was calm when we
arrived and we speculated about the likelihood of a coromuel blowing
tonight. We had a great time with John
and Nicki and the desert was fabulous.
When we went to leave we noticed that the wind had picked up
significantly and was coming from the south.
All speculation was over, the coromuel had arrived. Seychelles
When we got back to Interabang, the wind was blowing twelve knots. We stowed the dinghy and got all of the unnecessary items off deck. Trisha turned on the anchor alarm. So much for protection on the south side, the winds increased to 25-30 knots and we spent the next few hours keeping a watch. It was a long night.
The high winds continued into the morning hours. We had had enough of the coromuels.
was just a little more than twenty miles upwind. We had called the marina the day before to
confirm that there would be no problem if we showed up a day early. We picked up at anchor and headed for the Marina
Palmira in La Paz . La Paz