Wednesday, March 29, 2017

San Jose del Cabo (to secret surf spot) to Mazatlan

Picking up anchor, and the trained eye will see 3 beautiful peeling waves off in the distance, proof that, yes, you can anchor where you surf

On our passage to Mazatlan, which was 187nm, we were stoked to have a third (human) crew member.  Our friend Chris joined us from San Diego.  He arrived at the same time as the first decent south swell, so almost immediately after he got off the plane we put a ballena (40oz) Pacifico in his hands and a surfboard under his arm and went to surf Zippers.  Pretty refreshing to jump off the plane and into 85 degree air and 72 degree water with head high surf.

The next day the plan was to get the boat ready for passage, but we took time to drive out to the east cape (yes we rented a car, this was the first surfable swell and I wasn't going to miss it!) and we went to check a popular spot called Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks at Sunrise
As we were surveying the surf, which it was ridable just wasn't looking that great, a new friend happened to drive by and invite us out to a local non-accessible spot except through a private gate.  We jumped on the opportunity, loaded our boards and gear and Tessa into his truck, and went and surfed some of the best waves either of us have had in quite some time.  It was a gorgeous 200-300 yard long manageable right, big open face, maybe a foot or two overhead with a fun take off.  Because one day wasn't enough, the next morning we woke up a couple hours earlier than expected and motored SeaGlub the distance over to the surf spot in the dark, anchored at sunrise and surfed again.  The place was amazing, the wave so much fun, we were super stoked to be invited to such an amazing place.  Out of respect to those who surf there regularly, I'll refer to the wave as Punta Espina, and if you want to know more about it, read the book Heap of Bones by Steve Sorensen.

And here's a cool sidenote, we surfed with Gerry Lopez.  AGerry Lopez is a legend among surfers, an ambassador of the sport, and it was cool to share waves with him.

Lopez on day 2 of a 5 day swell

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We hoisted anchor around 0930 and were under sail by 1000.  About 10 minutes after pulling anchor, we caught two beautiful bonito, we let them go but it was nice to know we were in such active waters.

Weather report called for increasing northerly winds from 25-30 knots.  We got that and more and, in fact, just after sunset, we saw gusts of 43 kts, not what you want to see just as the skies are getting dark.  We were triple reefed (about as minimum of sail area as we can have out).  This was another rough passage with the beam seas at 4-6' at 5-6 seconds, it made for a very rolly and wet ride, however we did make 148nm in 24 hours and a few hours after sunrise we were within site of Mazatlan. Monica will vouch for how very nice it was to have Chris on board.  These overnight passages haven't been fun for us as we've had some heavier weather, but having a third person to break up the watches made a huge difference.  Thanks CP!

Strong winds but making good speed over ground 

Crew at rest as we were able to use auto pilot on the morning approach after a long night's sail

Approaching the north marina of Mazatlan
We had originally planned on staying at El Cid Marina but our friends on Shamaya had arrived there several days before us and the surge in the marina was so bad they shredded a dock line and severed their power cord.  They found Isla Marina Grand Resort more amenable, especially at almost half the price (we're paying $23 / day, water and electric included).  Chris spent a few days with us after arriving and we enjoyed taking advantage of his two decades of knowledge around the city.

The way to get around Mazatlan, dog and price friendly!

Gotta get some late night partying in!

We will stay here for about 8-9 days and then start heading to Puerto Vallarta where, as of now, the planned stops are Isla Isabel, San Blas, Chacala, Jatelmba and then La Cruz Marina.