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Our final night and day on the five-day, four-night passage from Baja was an adventure.

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Shipping traffic from Panama to the northern hemisphere slides right by here, and the shipping lanes were full.  We drove the red line, mostly out of the fun. I can’t imagine doing this without AIS. They would clobber each other. Here they just work it out, hundreds of miles in advance, and go. It makes it easier for us, too, as soon as we learn to relax and let it happen.  We actually almost never see ships, even at night. They have to be within about six miles for us to see them.  I call anyone close to conflicting at about 12-20 miles and we usually pass about five miles apart. They’re almost always happy to talk to me, too.

From ten PM to four AM last night, we picked up a 20 knot (apparent) breeze over our left shoulder and let Bright Water run, all sails up. Eight knots regularly, and we saw nine often and the occasional ten.  That’s very, very fast for our boat, and it was really comfortable.

The wind settled down well before dawn and we were back to motoring in calm seas. We spotted splashing two miles away and made a sharp right turn to have a look.  Here are some pictures. Remember to click on them to see bigger ones.

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Right after the fun the wind came back up.  This time it was right on the nose.  We gave up all the time we gained the night before.

All’s well that ends well, though, and after 540 sea miles we’re anchored here in tropical Tenacatita (19 18.139N, 104 50.209W). Fast internet, 81 degree water, palm trees. We’ll have a look around tomorrow.

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