Sail from Turtle Bay to Asuncion
We were able to set sail inside Turtle Bay at 6:45am. Lots of Haha boats were still anchored, others had left already or left with us. It was good that we had wind, but we also had swell again and the all day sail was strenuous. But having boats around us, was quite nice and made the sail more interesting. One gorgeous boat with a big Spinnaker passed us, but most stayed behind, as Alsager was doing some good knots.
The speed was great for fishing and we had about 6 Bonita’s on the hook, which we released. One huge Sail Fish had a bite and when the Captain tried to wheel him in, he jumped high out of the water and we got to see that creature in full beauty and I just shouted “holy shit, holy shit” and went to get the camera. But off he went and I was happy for him and us. 🙂
We arrived in Asuncion just before sunset, the anchorage was very calm and we were the only boat upon arrival. The sunset was beautiful, as was the big full Moon, which rised shortly after. While eating Pasta we watched 3 more boats come into the bay in the dark, but the anchored further away.
In the morning we set up the dinghy and rowed on shore, favorite part for our dog Noah, who still doesn’t like to do his business on the boat. After walking around town a bit and getting ice cream for Mats (thanks Oma from Germany for getting him one through our “buy Mats an ice cream” link) someone recommended a restaurant to Kruiser.
Here I would like to add, it is of such great value that Kruiser speaks the language perfectly. The locals are always very friendly and helpful, but so much more, when there is a chance to communicate without problems. From his nature Kruiser also brings along a lot of charm, so we usually find what we need and more, without any problems.
Asuncion is a very cute little town. That restaurant which was recommended was overlooking the beach and had a very Mexican vacation feel to it. So relaxing.
After a fantastic meal, fresh grilled Mahi with rice and Tortillas, we started rowing back towards Alsager. Two of the boats which had come in at night, had now anchored beside us and they were sailing under the Canadian flag. We rowed by and started chatting with the two couples and they immediately invited us on board. Over a beer we had a really nice long chat and learned a lot. Both of the couples are blogging about there adventures as well, I haven’t gotten a chance to check there sites yet, but maybe you like too. Here we go: www.svdoubledeuce.blogspot.ca from Ron and Karen and www.LaterThanWeThink.blogspot.ca from Mike and Jacquie. Super nice Canadians and we hope to run into them again, they will be in Mexico over the winter as well and are planning to continue down the Panama Canal.
We went back to our boat, prepared the boat to sail out at night and as we pulled up the sails, the wind switched and was right on our nose. How unfortunate! We set anchor again and decided to try early morning again. YES, one of the best moments for me so far. 😀