Isla San Francisco

We’ve been waiting out a gale at Isla San Francisco for the last three days and we’ll probably be here another two. Isla San Francisco is a beautiful desert island with a large, crescent-shaped bay on the south side. We’re anchored with ten other sailboats, including Om Shanti who wrote the local guide. There are no trees on the island, so even though we’re tucked in with a cliff between us and the prevailing wind we still get regular gusts stronger than the wind forecast for open waters. Occasionally
a light swell wraps around the point and into the bay.

Isla San Francisco

Isla San Francisco

Luckily the island is great. We found crystals and shells on the beach. There are several short hikes and a small salt flat. We also had a wonderful time snorkeling near the western edge of the bay where we saw lots of different tropical fish in their natural habitat. It was wonderful swimming with all of the brightly coloured, and camouflage coloured, fish. This was our first sighting of brightly coloured fish on our voyage.

Steven on Isla San Francisco

Steven on Isla San Francisco

We’re nine days and 44 miles out of La Paz, we’ve had northerly wind the entire time, sometimes light, sometimes not. In addition to the large-scale patterns, the winds here seem to ease in the afternoon and pick up precisely at sunset. We hope to make our way north to Bahia Conception. If we get the right weather we’ll arrive by the end of the month. We intend to stop in Los Gatos, Aqua Verde, and Puerto Escondito on the way.

3 Comments

  1. bon voyage

    sailing and not sailing seems to be much more challenging than I thought

    those fish are amazing, colors, size, variety and apparent peaceful living together

  2. Hey, Stephen and Darusha – wish we had your ham address. Your video is posted at this address:

    You are welcome to link to it. Hope to see you again soon.
    Mac and Catherine on Indigo
    ke7gwx@winlink.org

  3. From s/v Estrella
    formerly s/v Windspirit

    Wonderful meeting Scream
    Great ice cream, never miss an opportunity to visit scream in the future