Friday, February 20, 2009

Mantanchen Bay 2.20.09

Up and at ‘em again this morning, we upped anchor and headed to Mantanchen Bay around 8:15 and arrived about 11:30. Just a quick 20 mile trip, no problems. The sea state was about the same as yesterday – large, long period swells, wind around 10 knots. It was not as clear today and was partly cloudy but still a magnificent day. More whales are showing off to us – today we had lots of breaching whales. We’ve seen a lot of smaller whales with mature whales, so we figure they are learning from mom & dad. It took some more videos and will get them posted when we arrive in Mazatlan.

We left nice & early with S/V Twins and M/V Wanderer and it sounds like we’re lucky! The rest of the group behind us, S/V Precious Metal, S/V Optical Illusion, & S/V Warren Peace, have encountered long lines and have been dodging them this afternoon.

Once everyone was anchored, Pamela & Ivy from Precious Metal Pamela & Ivy with Riley the dog from Precious Metal

invited us, Janet & Bill from S/V Optical Illusion, &
Janet & Bill from S/V Optical Illusion

Steve & Linda from S/V Warren Peace

Steve & Linda from S/V Warren Peace
over for happy hour. We had a wonderful time visiting & getting to know them! They are all from Canada and we enjoyed chatting, laughing, eating & drinking with them during the evening.

Weather permitting, we will leave here tomorrow around noon and begin the long trek up to Mazatlan, a 20 hour passage. We should get into Mazatlan around 8am Sunday morning. Michael is looking forward to tying up to the dock & getting started on the huge task of figuring out how we’re getting to Alaska, scrub a dub dubbing the boat and preparing her for leaving her for the summer. We decided to remove the halyards this year, cleaning them up for next season, which we did not do last season.

I gotta get into the water for one last dip before heading to Mazatlan!
More to follow…


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