Finally on November 3rd we raised anchor and cleared the starting line for leg two at 10:35. Not the early start we hoped for but we needed to wait for the weather forecast to make sure Hurricane Vance was not a threat. And we had WIND. At 12:10 the sails were up and the motor off doing speed over ground of 7.1 knots. Later in the day Greg was able to deploy our beautiful spinnaker. We hit a top speed of 9.7 knots under full main and spinnaker. It was a great ride and in 8 hours we covered 72 miles. I know for you speed boat and racing fans that is sloooow but in a cruising sailboat, we were happy.
The forecast for that night was building wind and seas. For that reason Gary decided we would have two people on watch for 3 hour shifts. With four on board each person was doing 2 hour watches. The spinnaker was lowered when the winds hit 18 knots. At 1:00 am the jib was in with a second reef in the main. Winds were at 17 knots gusting to 22, which is a normal day for San Francisco Bay. It was wild but nice to actually be sailing! At checkin the next morning the fleet reported shredded spinnakers, torn main sails, a bent mast and a broken spinnaker pole. So happy our crew made the right decisions at the right times to avoid any damage to Sereno II.
By the end of this leg we were able to sail a total of 15 hours. We dropped anchor at midnight on November 5th. Yes another night anchor in an unfamiliar harbor but all went well.
Bahia Santa Maria is just a bay with no town. However, the Grand Poobah arranged for a band and food stand to travel 15 hours from the nearest town for our beach party. Their travel has to be timed with low tide otherwise the road is washed out. And if that wasn’t difficult enough, arrangements had to be changed due to the two day weather delay we had. I was impressed.
Now on to Leg Three and Cabo San Lucas!