Magdalena Bay

Mag Bay is about the size of San Francisco Bay. The western side is formed by mountain islands while the eastern side is so flat as to be below the horizon when viewed across the vast bay from the anchorages. This gives the impression of another open roadsted anchorage, even when one is actually surrounded by land on all sides for the first time in a month.

We anchored on both sides of Punta Belcher and at Man O’ War cove. Punta Belcher as a tidal current which points the boat and increases the light chop. Man O’ War Cove has a small settlement. It is similar in size to Kyuquot: one store, one restaurant (neither open without appointment), no internet, no telephone.

Mag Bay is, along with Turtle Bay, one of the two “all weather” anchorages in the Baha. That either is described as such is mostly a criticism of the others. With forecasts for light west to north winds we consistently had moderate north-east to south-east winds overnight. Given the tens of miles of fetch from those directions at the anchorages we spent many a night off an uncomfortable lee shore.

Despite this we managed to have a reasonably good time. This is probably due to the camaraderie of Good News, Marionette, and Sea Chantey.

3 Comments

  1. wow, so very good to finally hear from you
    the video did not play very high re on my mac book pro
    i really enjoyed the fauna description, what about the flora and geology and astronomy?
    you are East of my Edmonton’s 113d 31 min longitude !!
    -23.0 d C right now, in a 2 week spell of unsesonably cold weather, again. global warming.
    one of your sibs was wondering how you would cope with the constant heat and humidity.

    so glad you are alive, well, and communicating

    looking forward to your next message. (your web page seems slow)

  2. Sending you Merry Christmas, Feliz Navid wishes – wherever this comment finds you. Not sending you the snow which keeps falling here – Kelly wants to ship the boat down by truck and catch up with everyone in Mexico. Have a wonderful New Year.

  3. Sending you Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad wishes – wherever this comment finds you. Not sending you the snow which keeps falling here – Kelly wants to ship the boat down by truck and catch up with everyone in Mexico. Have a wonderful New Year.