El Bight, Guanaja WL Anchored El Bight – Center
Today, snug at anchor in El Bight, Guanaja, BIG gusts funnel over the lush green mountains and explode into giant catspaws over the anchorage much like Hueston Woods on MEGA-steroids! Briefly the howl of the wind goes calm as the boat swings directly into the wind. Then as another gust hits, the boat heels sharply momentarily as it starts a swing and the wind generator goes into helicopter takeoff mode! The noise is deafening & it truly sounds like a helicopter is taking off the back of the boat as the wind generator goes into freespin. The good news is that the battery banks are fully topped off & the wind generator amp overflow is heating water so I’ll have a hot shower inside tonight in contrast to our usual solar shower in the cockpit. Winds are gusting 25-30, with momentary pauses of 5-8 mph! Doesn’t that remind you of the Redskin Regatta at Hueston Woods, OH in May?
One of the fun things about cruising is that you never know when you wake up what a day will hold! Days are never alike & that’s one of the best parts! Some days hold challenges & some hold just plain fun, but all are different!
Guanaja Waterfall Hike – A Highlight!
New Year’s Day we took our own dinghy through the canal, about 9 miles round trip in an 8 foot dinghy! The south side of the island was rocking with the tradewinds which blow non-stop 15-20+, but the north side was completely calm and amazingly tranquil we snorkeled around a place called Michael’s Rock where we hope to go anchor in the right weather conditions when some other boats catch up with us we don’t want to do it by ourselves! This side of the island is where Columbus landed on Guanaja in 1504 on his 4th trip to the new world it’s amazing he could find his way in the break in the reef with all the modern electronics & waypoints from cruisers that have gone before, we’re still reluctant to do it by ourselves!!!
Hans Place, El Bight, Guanaja
Fair winds! Jan & David, s/v Winterlude