Another Ballandra

Located just 16 miles to the NW of Puerto Escondido, Puerto Ballandra is a nice and protected bay where we spent a couple days in the company of s/v Coastal Drifter and s/v Sarita.

<This the first in a series of posts we are publishing covering the 10 days-or-so we spent cruising the area between Puerto Escondido and Bahia Concepcion in Baja California. Click here to access the next post>

Not to be confused with Puerto Balandra, where we stayed in May just before arriving to La Paz (notice the single L), Puerto BaLLandra is located on Isla Carmen, a picturesque feature almost in the middle of the Baja Peninsula.

We had heard great things about Ballandra, especially the snorkeling, which is supposed to be great there. In fact, upon approach and during our stay, we heard and saw a number of aquatic life moving around us. But, as expected, the waters were murky – possibly a consequence of the rain from Tropical Storm Blanca the previous week. We did spend a great deal of time swimming, mainly to soothe at the hottest hours of the day, but didn’t do much snorkeling.

s/v Pesto and s/v Sarita in Puerto Ballandra. Two Hallberg Rassy's in the same anchorage ... not an usual sight
s/v Pesto and s/v Sarita in Puerto Ballandra. Two Hallberg Rassy’s in the same anchorage … not an usual sight

 

On the first evening, s/v Sarita kindly invited us all for a Movie/ Booze night for the Kids/ Grown Ups respectively.

Another beautiful Baja sunset (thankfully, we haven't gotten used to them yet!). Pesto in on the foreground.
Another beautiful Baja sunset (thankfully, we haven’t gotten used to them yet!). Pesto in on the foreground.

 

The next day, s/v Sarita left early. At 48ft and built in 2001, she is nearly a sistership to Pesto, and I took this unique opportunity, hopped on the dinghy, and followed them as they unfurled the sails and charged toward the horizon. A great sight !

s/v Sarita sailing. These boats are fast ... even with our powerful outboard, it took me a while to catch up with them for this picture!
s/v Sarita sailing. These boats are fast … even with our powerful outboard, it took me a while to catch up with them for this picture!

 

That evening was Phil’s birthday, and they kindly invited us to share in this special date on s/v Coastal Drifter. The girls treated him to a pretty and tasty chocolate cake, which we savored slowly as the sun set behind the Giganta mountain range on the Baja Peninsula.

Raquel preparing a custom-made birthday card for Phil (s/v Coastal Drifter)
Raquel preparing a custom-made birthday card for Phil (s/v Coastal Drifter)

 

The girls (Savannah, Sierra) made this yummy cake for him.
The girls (Savannah, Sierra) made this yummy cake for him.

 

While in Ballandra, I started removing the growth that had accumulated on Pesto’s bottom. The sea here is so nutritious that we are in a constant war against barnacles. I was able to clean approximately ¾’s of the bottom, gaining a clogged inner ear in the process, and an additional ½ kt in speed – a fair trade, I suppose.

The water here is so nutritious that we are on a constant uphill battle against growth. It took me 5 dives and a clogged ear to clean Pesto's bottom. And, within 3 or four weeks, I will have to do it all over again ...
The water here is so nutritious that we are on a constant uphill battle against growth. It took me 5 dives and a clogged ear to clean Pesto’s bottom. And, within 3 or four weeks, I will have to do it all over again …

 

On the third day, possibly inspired by the sight of s/v Sarita the previous day, we spread Pesto’s sails and blasted at 8kts toward Isla Coronados, where we spent a formidable week – watch out for the following 2 posts.

On the way to Isla Coronados.
On the way to Isla Coronados.

4 Replies to “Another Ballandra”

  1. Olá Alexandre, Boa tarde…acabei de visitar seu site…parabéns pela aventura…sou Tiago Agostinho, trabalhei na Amex (Brasil) com você e recentemente estivemos numa reunião juntos no Bradesco…abraços e good luck!!!

  2. Hi guys! I hope all is well back in Mexico and that you are staying cooooool. We are in sunny and wonderful Denver enjoying catching up with friends. Looking forward to being back and seeing you again. PS we have a fellow HR 46 joining us later this year Present Moment who are leaving Seattle soon. All the best Richard, Jude and Katya

  3. Hello Sarita !
    We are in Northern Arizona right now, and also enjoying some slightly cooler and drier weather.
    I saw in your blog that you guys have been very busy. Here’s hoping you have safe travels.
    See you soon
    Alex, Adriana, Paulo and Raquel

  4. Oi Tiago, que legal saber que voce esta acompanhando nossa aventura aqui no blog. E voce chegou em boa hora – temos um monte de estórias para atualizar aqui nas próximas semanas.
    Um abraço

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