After my last post, we upped the anchor and set the sails towards the islands outside of La Paz once again… then we unset the sails, furled and flaked them away, and fired up an engine and actually started getting closer to the islands… ahh, sailing in the Sea of Cortez, or not as the case may be!
This trip we anchored in Caleta Partida, a small channel that runs between the two main islands out here, Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida. We picked here because at high tide you can dinghy through the channel and head to the outside of Espiritu Santo and checkout some apparently cool sea caves. I say apparently as after 4 days there, we never quite made it! The first attempt was shot down by a dropping tide and a late start, and then the next day when we were organised a little earlier, it was too choppy on the outside of the island to be playing around in dinghy’s with pregnant wives, so we turned back… oh well, next time!
The rest of the week was spent working on the boat, for a change! Final touches on what will soon be baby’s room, and a few steps closer to what will be ours! It seems if you don’t label the jigsaw pieces and keep moving them around for a couple of years they get hard to put back where they belong. Also fitted two new hatches on the foredeck, its amazing how much more light and breeze we get inside now.
Not much improvement on the water temperature yet either, so a few more fish are still swimming around as a result. There are also alot of bioluminescent algae around out there at the moment, which is really cool at night, its like having stars above and below, and the hull of the boat glows under water, not so cool in the day though, means there’s less visibility and they seem to like biting Sabine! Takes some of the fun out of swimming.
On a brighter note, we did manage to sail some of the way home, even almost half the length of the channel back into the bay, which never happens! I’m still fighting with sail plan and what to do about it, too many options, not enough coin, to be able to move under our own steam anytime is cause for celebration, hence the rum!
And lastly a bump update, as I’m sure you’re all dying to know! This week our little frijolito started kicking hard enough to be felt by me too! Sabi is looking and feeling great after beating a head cold that took a couple of weeks to pass without any medication, just a lot of steaming sessions and rest! We’ve just crossed the half way point, all down hill from here!