We sailed north with the benefit of the stream, but did have winds with a significant north component (i.e., on our nose). Seas were somewhat rough with the wind counter to the current. We tacked out towards Cozumel and sailed almost 2/3 of the way to Cozumel before taking back towards the Yucatan shore. Since the entrance through the reef to The Hut (anchorage) was not visibly obvious, we elected to continue on north to Peurto Morales - a previous port of call. It does appear like there is a marina at the Hut now, but this was not mentioned in the guide. We stayed in Morales again at Marina El Cid (see earlier post). Another factor to this decision was that the NOAA forcast has been calling for higher winds at night due to the diurnal heating effect of the Yucatan land mass. Although the reef at the Hut provides protection from waves, higher winds could make for an uncomfortable night.
We had a relatively quiet night in Morales with a home-cooked meal on board. As previously described, the marina at Peurto Morales has an easy entrance, is very well maintained with floating docks and is well protected with a high rock sea-wall.
The next morning we headed out to Isla. This was one of the best sails of the trip to date! Although we were close-hauled, we found the "sweet spot" for both the boat and the ocean. At depths of over 100 ft, the seas were a little confused, but we were making great speed. At one point, we clocked 9.5kts SOG. We moved a little closer to shore (100 ft depth) and the seas became calm, but still had some influence from the gulf stream. We were making 7.5 kts, the boat was not stressed and was very balanced. Perfecto!
All-in-all this was a wonderful sail back to Isla Mujeres. So now we are chilling for a couple of days, trying to modify our USCG Permit to Enter Cuban Territorial Seas (to reflect adding a crew member), and waiting for Patrick's arrival.
|Chilling on the sail North|
|Arriving at Isla via "Swift Current Pass"|