Posted by: Sailing Camelot | November 4, 2011

Oct 5th and 6th – Bahia Algodones

The world looks gorgeous, this morning! Amazing what a good night’s sleep can do to your batteries… Anyway, we take stock of our surroundings while enjoying our coffee. This bay is a jewel!  White, sandy beaches backed by the rugged Tetakawi Mountain (Tetas de Cabras / Goat’s Teats). Lots of vacation homes and a couple of hotels dot the bay.

View of the northern end of Bahia Algodones

In the past there was also a Club Med resort here, but it has been closed a few years ago. In the late 1960s the satirical anti-war movie Catch 22 was filmed here, the remnants of the set are still intact today and horseback excursions are available to go explore. Lots to do and see!

This used to be Club Mediterranee

Bahia Algodones is also home to the famous and colorful Soggy Peso Beach Bar, a must-go spot for tourists. Of course we obliged!
Spending a day on the beach while friendly and smiling people bring you food and drinks ranks very high on our list of things to do.

Tom doing what he does best

One whole afternoon was spent anxiously watching a big motor vessel drag his anchor. The afore mentioned vessel was anchored mere feet from Camelot to start with, and seeing it drag closer and closer was scary. The big boat was left unmanned, the owners left for a few hours. Tom and I spent hours devising emergency maneuvers to avoid disaster, none of which would have worked since the big boat was sitting on our anchor… Oh, the curses! Luckily the owner returned before dark and moved a safe distance away. Crisis averted!

The famous Soggy Peso Bar!

 

Here are the coordinates, in case you need them...

We ended up staying only three days here. The winds started being pesky, even in the bay, and it was getting uncomfortable. Besides, the well-protected San Carlos Marina is just 8 miles down. So on a very windy morning we left Bahia Algodones. The waves were about 6 to 8 feet high, which made for an interesting ride. I have been spoiled for months with calm seas, so
I was mildly nervous with these less than perfect conditions.

Tom decided that practicing steering in heavy seas would be  good practice for me, so he handed me the wheel. And he was right. Nothing  better than to take control and feel in charge to dissipate the anxiety! It  took us a little less than two hours to get into calm waters, my arms and  shoulders were burning. What a workout! But the Captain was pleased with my
performance, and with an appreciative grunt he took the wheel back to bring  Camelot into the San Carlos Marina.

Entering San Carlos Marina

 

Camelot at rest in its spot, a sweet end-tie on Dock S with the BIG boats!

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