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Bahia San Francisquito

Posted on Thursday Jul 28, 2005

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Abandoning Punta Trinidad, we let the sails fly as we zipped further north. San Francisquito is a protected anchorage, which we were longing to find. We were running on 3 days of sleep deprivation and ready to rest. The wind was gusty, but always present. Sometimes it reached up into the 35?¢â??¬â??¢s but most of the time it was probably in the 20?¢â??¬â??¢s. Our average speed was 5.0 knots for the 45 miles, which took 9 hours. We really were screaming along with the autopilot doing most of the work.

Arriving in San Francisquito we found the wind was blowing like mad around the land, probably about 35 with stronger gusts. Inside the anchorage however was dead calm with a nice 15-20 knot breeze. Sherrell was deliriously happy. She went to bed at 8pm and didn?¢â??¬â??¢t wake up once until about 5 am, and she finally got up around 9am. I slept really well too relieved to be in a safe harbor protected from almost all directions from the wind and the waves.

The little anchorage is packed with boats, but two dinghies came out and met us to guide us into the anchorage to spots where there was enough depth to anchor. It?¢â??¬â??¢s closer than we would like to be anchored to other boats, but the wind is consistent and there?¢â??¬â??¢s no waves, so it should hold all of the boats away from each other.

I guess we?¢â??¬â??¢ll spend a couple of days here, resting and checking out the beach and the arroyos before moving on. We?¢â??¬â??¢re only about 55 miles from Bahia de Los Angeles and our hurricane hiding hole for the summer!