Office cubical Bahia Honda style
Typical south side of Bahia Honda
Giant hermit crab
Down he goes
Brain coral gives great protection
Over exposed to see better underneath
Can you find the lobster?
Sunsets, it is all about the water vapor in the sky.
This cloud bank rolled it's self right into our sunset
Tuesday: Plan "A" was to re-anchor in deeper water with more sand on the bottom. Our normal spot had been stripped barren of sand and was now just hard bottom. We were holding but only by tooth and nail! We were not set for a blow! The short comings with plan "A"? It is Bahia Honda and the holding is ALWAYS questionable. Also there are those two bridges!
The crew of s/v Storm Song, a Morgan Out Island 41 motored by in their dinghy and we asked why the moved off the one mooring that Bahia Honda has. Seems the non existent local NOAA uncloaked long enough just to ask them to move. Now we had plan "B" - Take the mooring for the blow. Our adventure in Nixon Bay would make this 25 knots seem like a kiddie ride.
The daily weather check shows the front has weakened but not to the point of "Safe in Bahia Honda". We keep watching as a trend started to show. The duration and intensity of the SW wind was getting longer! Not forecasting for more than 25 kts but you know how the beginning of a front can crash right on through that forecasted peak velocity. This pretty much took plan "C" out of the options. Anchoring on south side of Bahia Honda. With the SW winds it would be another night in Nixon Bay type conditions. Even the wind would be from the same direction.
We had began talking more with the crew of Storm Song sharing info and weather sites. Or at least trying for their English is better than my Spanish but not by much. Originally from Venezuela Hector single handed his way to Miami a couple years ago and flew in the family. With only room for one on the mooring and no good anchorage spots for the forecast. I suggested the safest place would be Marathon (I know that other harbor to the west, uh no). We could use a grocery trip and I didn't want to take the bus to Big Pine leaving Gemini Dreams tooth and nail with the wind increasing. So here it was 1:30 pm on the day the front arrives and we decide on plan "D". A close reach into 15 knt SE winds.
The calm before the storm
The crew of s/v Storm Song
Hector, Laura, Juan, Leandro
Click your heels together three times...