Turtle Bay to San José del Cabo

Hey everyone, this is Toby here with our newest post. If I am not mistaken, our last post was from Turtle Bay. Since then, we have made two trips further down the coast. The reason that you didn’t hear from us at our last stop is that we never had any cell reception or data abilities. After getting up Wednesday march 15th and rowing to shore for some last minute necessities (like the all-important milk), we headed out from Turtle Bay at around 12:20. We were all happy to realize that there actually was enough wind to sail in once we left the bay. We ended up sailing the whole rest of the day, through the night, and even through all of Thursday and Thursday night. We didn’t need to start the engine again until midday Friday. It seemed like the wind was coming back later that afternoon, so we put up sails again around 2:30. After sailing for a few hours, the wind died again by evening time. We decided to take down the sails and motor through the night.

By about 9:00 in the morning we were anchored at our next stop: Bahia Santa Maria. Bahia Santa Maria (BSM for short) was probably the most remote place that we have stopped at so far. There were maybe seven or eight little shacks on the shore, but that was about it. We actually never even went to shore. Not that we didn’t want to at all, but we knew that they wouldn’t have anything that we needed, and most of the days we were there, there were some relatively strong winds blowing off the shore out towards the mouth of the bay. Our dinghy only has oars, no outboard motor, so we wouldn’t want to get blown out to sea. While we were there, we had multiple visits from fishermen in pangas (small open motorboats). They were asking for batteries. In return they were offering to give us fresh, live lobsters that they had caught earlier. We couldn’t resist, and we ended up getting five lobsters for ten batteries total. We have a few books about catching fish on a boat, and about how to cook it, and we read about a supposedly easy way to quickly kill the lobster so that you can get the tail off and grill it. Either the books were wrong, or we didn’t do it right, because we spent probably ten minutes trying to kill this one lobster as it flailed and spasmed. It ended up working better to just cut it in half as soon as possible, then put the tail in the sink. Once we had finished dispatching all of them, mom threw them on a grill pan inside (it was still too windy to use the outside grill). I don’t think that I have ever had lobster before, and it was pretty good. Mom and Dad said that it was overcooked and therefore much more tough than they were used to, but I still thought it wasn’t bad.

We got up early Monday morning and left BSM at 8:40. One really fun thing was that we were able to sail off of our anchor without running our engine at all; we had enough wind to sail in right off the bat. We sailed all day Monday and through the night, making very good time. Part way through Tuesday, we ran the engine because the wind was getting really light, and we wanted to make sure that our batteries were getting charged. Later that day we were able to put the sails up again, and we ended up sailing through most of Tuesday night. As we got closer to Cabo, the wind started to get stronger. By about 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning, we decided that we should take down the one sail that we still had up, and fire up the engine. At that point, just Mom and I were on watch. We got Dad and Karis up, and together we started the engine, turned up into the wind to make it easier to take down the sail, pulled the sail down, and tied it up tight so that it couldn’t catch the wind and fill up again. After that we motored for the rest of the night, what little there was left, and made our way not to Cabo San Lucas proper, but a marina a little further east on the tip of Baja California called San José del Cabo. Now when people ask us where we are, we can just tell them “Oh, we’re just in San José”, just to confuse them. We got there by about 8:30 Wednesday morning and tied up at a real dock for the first time since we left Ensenada. We were all tired so we decided to make that day a sort of nothing day, so that we could sleep and rest. Cabo seems pretty nice. The water is noticeably warmer than any water we’ve been in since we left. I am looking forward to getting some water time in while we are here. Thank you all for our prayers, and I look forward to getting another post up soon!

9 thoughts on “Turtle Bay to San José del Cabo”

  1. Thank you for the wonderful updates. I am enjoying the trip vicariously through your words. Love to all of you. Helen

  2. Thanks, Toby. I’m so glad you’re getting so much sail time in. Good practice and great on fuel preservation. What a grand adventure you’re having

    Daily prayers continue.


  3. So glad you were finally able to sail quite a bit. Nice writing Toby. Appreciate all the pics. How did you take the bow picture? Missing you. Praying for you. Hugs and love to each of you.💕 Hope you have some great water time. 🛶

  4. We just love getting your letters. Sounds like you are all having fun learning and experiencing life on the ocean. Warmer waters sound like a treat for everyone.

    Lobster can be steamed or boiled as well. Fresh garlic and lemon always add a little zip.

    Please tell your mom that our group will get to see all of your posts at my house on Wednesday.

  5. So cool that you finally got to sail so much! Missing you all, but so thrilled to hear your adventures! Bless you all, we are thinking of you and praying.

  6. Thanks for this vivid account, Toby! Suddenly it all seems so much more real (maybe because of relying on the wind and hitting remoteness!!). Great descriptions and photos. Seeing the photo of your mom all bundled up gave me a sense of how cold it can be. Hope this finds you enjoying warmth, water and rest. Love you all. xox

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