After some 4 months ‘south’ it was time to start the long haul north into the Sea of Cortez. We thoroughly enjoyed Punta Mita, me for the surfing and for the boys all round fun activities ashore and in the great beach breaks. Sufficient groceries to keep Mel happy and several good restaurants to break up the days, it helped to also have internet access at anchor.
The 300 odd miles to Ensanada Muertos, south of La Paz passed easily enough, though the westerly breeze was a bit too close winded for Sonrisa to comfortably reach in amongst the sloppy SW swell. Still the last day was great with all the ‘white things up’ and 20 knots from the beam – a steady 8 – 9 knots had us completing the trip in 60 hours at an average of 5 knots. These summer months find most anchorages deserted as yachts depart for the cyclone season.
Finally we spent several days at Puerto Balandra, just 15 miles from La Paz – once again a magic spot, though being so close to La Paz there was the inevitable group of jet skis spoiling the anchorage. We are now in La Paz after clearing in for another 6 months visa. It has been great to re new old friendships and enjoy this delightful town.