What started out as a spectacular sail turned into something less than ideal, then ended great. Sailing under 1/2 moon (yes, the moon rise was in the morning) we left Santiago at about 10AM. There was no wind in the bay so we motored about an hour until the wind picked up to a comfortable 12knots from the NW (behind us). Outside the bay a few hundred dolphins decided we were fun (they have good judgment) – spinning mid air, surfing our bow wake and racing across the boat, inches from the bow. The wind was scheduled to die after midnight(I love using that phrase – scheduled) but it apparently didn’t listen to the forecasters because by 2AM it had picked up to a lumpy 20+ and stayed that way until about 7AM. Around midnight we seem to have found ourselves in a route used by container vessels, tankers and other ships about 100X bigger than us. So with the aid of AIS (note to self: add class B next year) we were dodging these guy. Judy ended up talking to the Captains of a few, on the VHF, if they saw us. When the sun finally decided to rise, we could see the decks littered with dead squid and flying fish. I have no idea how they get from albeit large waves to our deck?
Kind of interesting, but we are sailing almost directly east, as the coast of Mexico heads that direction and we are now at the same longitude as Texas. This morning a few dozen dolphines came to play again. They sure are hard to catch on camera. We’re going to rest at in a small anchorage called Caleta de Campos to catchup on sleep then on to find the mythical beach from the movie Shashank Redemption in Zihuatanejo.