Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Refugio, West Bight – Sept 15 – 18, 2011

Thursday morning it was time to head to Refugio on the north end of Angel De La Guarda Island. We were traveling with ‘Just a Minute’ and we both wanted to circumnavigate this 40 mile long island. Not many boats go to the eastern side of the island as there are only a few anchorages and the winds can change quickly. But we would like to see it.

On the way up to Refugio we could see what looked like another boat near the point. As we got closer, we realized it was a large rock covered in bird guano called Roca Vela (Sail Rock) and it did look like a sail. The entrance to Refugio is just past this rock. It is tricky getting into this anchorage because of the shallow areas, reefs and submerged rocks, but it is worth it. This is a beautiful area that not many boats go to. There are great rock formations. One in the center of the bay is called ‘Fang Rock’. There is an arch off the end of one point and Laura thinks it looks like an elephant trunk. I think she’s right.
Fang Rock

An Elephant Trunk??

Sea Lions

The next morning the crew from Just a Minute and Rick went to the far side of Isla Mejia in the dinghies. They found a bunch of sea lions. Laura jumped in to snorkel with the babies and a large bull came up and yelled at her. She flew back into the dinghy!

The Crew from 'Just a Minute'

Refugio is a beautiful spot, but the no see ums have arrived so tomorrow we sail around the point for another spot.

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