Archive for March 20th, 2010

Bint Speaks

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Bint al Khamseen is migrating to the South Pacific with unusual purposefulness. Its clear we’ve been holding her back like a greyhound forced to compete in a dog paddle competition. Now that she’s been given her head she is racing down the line with little help from us, propelled by something beyond sails. Neither reefing, course tweeking, sloppy sideseas, or cross current has slowed her down or turned her nose.

She charges down 220 degrees by the compass with a bone in her teeth, free from the anchorage tethers in this bay or that, free from the barnacles and sea lice that colonized her smooth parts, and free from the embarrassing spinning egg beater that sticks out of her bottom. The prop blades are feathered now and Bint al Khamseen has met the dream to be in the place where she is at her best.

She’s bringing us with her, lunging across big long waves and smashing through short steep ones that detonate like Roman candles, red and green in the running lights. After 24 hrs she’s just now easing to the pace of her people. S will soon be living below without screwing her eyes shut to block out the motion.

21°35.17’N 111°42.89’W 20-Mar-10 20:26 UTC

Cabo San Lucas, City of Darkness

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

We had planned to say that we slipped quietly into the pacific under sail and the grin of a Chershire Cat moon, but to be truthful our exit from the Sea of Cortez was a sloppy confrontation with an unseasonal south wind. It reminded K of his Ballard bum-fight; some shoving, some wallowing, a few grunts and groggy epithets. The Cheshire Cat did watch (as a Ballard cat would) and arbitrated a compromise by sun-up. We got a rowdy upwind run right down our course line in 18 kts of wind. The Sea of Cortez Southern Crossing staggered off to harass some other pedestrian.

We crossed the track of our 5 month old inbound route somewhere in the darkness off the beach at Cabo San Lucas. Cabo is a city of darkness in our experience and it is a good arrangement for it is beautiful in the dark.

23°10.23’N 109°29.54’W 20-Mar-10 00:18 UTC