We dropped anchor in the middle of the Isla San Francisco anchorage at 12.40 PM in 7 meters of water. There we saw Murray Grey with Jim and Bonnie on board, and later had two chats with them. Like us, Jim and Bonny weren't sure how long they would stay before pushing on to Evaristo and we were all going to play it as it came. After the usual lunch and nap I lowered the outboard motor onto the Zodiac (I never tow the Zodiac far with the outboard motor mounted.) and soon we were off to explore the island. Brenda headed one way bird watching and I headed up a hill to have a look around. That night I got a 3-day GRIB wind prediction file which indicated 20-25 kt northerly winds beginning on the afternoon of Wednesday the 2nd of February. That night we watched "The Dam Busters", a black and white classic that we both enjoyed very much.
|Panoramic of Isla San Francisco|
Before lunch Brenda and I went ashore and she bird watched for two hours while I climbed a hill to take some photos the returned to the boat to finish cleaning the oil from the bilge. (Ugh!) During her walk Brenda saw Jim and Bonnie sailing out toward San Evaristo. After lunch we spent 90 minutes taking inventory of the starboard side of the boat. My spreadsheet now documents 352 items in 121 categories. The first line records 2 x 425g cans of chilli beans in the blue container on the port side, and the last line records 2 bottles of dish washing liquid under the galley sink. The inventory includes 22 x 140g cans of tuna, 11 x 345 ml tins of evaporated milk, 52 ziploc bags, and 17 rolls of toilet paper.
Brenda and I decided to remain at this anchorage until after the strong northerly winds have passed. This could mean 5 or 6 days in Isla San Francisco, but Brenda likes the island, with its easy access to good walks, and I am of the opinion that Pachuca will be safer and more comfortable here than in San Evaristo, where the northerly wind flipped the Zodiac upside down, outboard motor and all.
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