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The line of boats at Isla San Marcos

We left at 7:30 a.m. for the 30 mile trip to Isla San Marcos. We were ready for some new scenery, and to start making our way to our next provisioning destination.

There was a very annoying swell out of the East most of the way, with very little wind to justify it. We tried motor sailing to reduce the motion, but the wind was under 5 knots and the sails just banged around, so we took them down. Eventually, as we turned into the Craig Channel between the southern end of the island and the mainland, the swell was more on our stern and therefore more comfortable.

After successfully negotiating the channel, the wind did pick up but dropped again as soon as we got in the lee of the island. So, we just motored the entire way to the anchorage.

The island has a small community and a gypsum mining operation. Exports go primarily to the US for sheet rock, according to one of our resources. We saw two ships there while we were anchored in the Sweet Pea anchorage (do not know why it is called that), a bit north of the mining operation and town.

This is an extremely calm anchorage. No wind, no swell. It is fairly deep just off shore, so all of the boats were anchored in a line. We were 3rd in line when we arrived, and then some other boats filed into place in front of or behind the boats already there. Very peaceful and nice, and a bit cooler than Santo Domingo. Not much on shore, but a nice place to rest for a day before heading into the town of Santa Rosalia, which has a reputation of being hot.

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