Fishing was slow but we did manage to land something for the freezer.
The next destination for the CUBAR fleet was a day trip to Muertos and then on to La Paz. Again the weather conspired to make it a difficult. Hurricane Sandra was headed our way. Again we were faced with running before a known storm with the fleet or charting our own course. Without the pressure to remain part of CUBAR we would have departed without question to avoid the hurricane track. In fact we NEVER planned to be near a hurricane.
Insurance coverage requires us to be well out of the hurricane zones. Here are some facts about Sandra that help explain how we ended up in her path.
Rarities and Records
A few of the CUBAR fleet at Los Cabos
Rare sighting-2 Nordhavn 50's of 3 on the trip. We saw both boats in the PNW this year.
48 hours ahead of the Sandra we departed Los Cabos at 4:45PM for a 35 hour crossing to Purerto Vallarta. Weather was calm, light winds from the NW and long period swells. Kept thinking "the calm before the storm" but the crossing was uneventful. We were able to check the progress of the storm using our satellite phone and OCENS weather software. Neil backed up my weather with his own sources. Normally would only check the weather once a day but with Sandra in the area we checked every 8 hours of so. The track moved south but we landed in Puerto Vallarta well in advance of the storm. Sandra hit Mazatlan as a tropical storm after breaking down in the middle of the Sea of Cortez. Our decision to head for Puerto Vallarta was a good one. We would have been fine in Los Cabos as they only had heavy rain and 25-30 kt winds. Puerto Vallarta had a day of clouds......
The welcoming harbor at Paradise Village Marina
This crossing thing is tough duty