Tenacatita to Barra-Bahia de Navidad to Santiago - Manzanillo

Beginning of January 2016 anchored at Las Hadas

Our sail from Tenacatita to Barra-Bahia de Navidad  was a wild one. We left in the afternoon so we would have some wind, about 20 knots. But when we rounded the corner out of Tenacatita the seas picked up and it was a wild ride. The sail boat behind us turned back. The one in front kept going as we did. The winds gusted to 24 knots and were steady at 20 knots. It was the seas that were the problem. Once we rounded the rocky point and were headed South\East we were more down wind and with some following seas so it was surfing then the rest of the way. So now we have decided to go ahead and put sea state ahead of wind state. Now we will go back to leaving early at dawn\o-dark-thirty to get the good sea-state and probably need to motor sail more often.

 We stayed a few days in Barra-Bahia de Navidad  for a few days but wanted to be in Santiago - Manzanillo  (state of Colima) for New Year's and their great fireworks. That passage we did leave at O-dark-thirty and had a great sea state with little wind though. We also ran into two nets and one long line. We did not actually run right into them. The first one the fishermen guided us around it. The second they lowered the net so we could go through. The long line took us 1.5 hours to get around. We were 2.5 nm off shore and ended 8 nm off shore before we found a way around. They are illegal but that does not help us. They are poorly marked as are the nets but no panga is hanging around them like they sometimes do nets. Next passage on the way back we will go 1.5 nm off shore in the hopes of missing them. It is only a 6-hour passage so why spend about 3-4 hours to get 10 nm off shore and back, for us at least at about 5 knots. That is 5 knots if we are motor sailing. Most likely it is 3.5 to 4.5 sailing and not in a straight line!

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