Entry/exit Colnett is rather straightforward, other than Charlie's comments the author can only add that indeed a
swell can round the cape and into the anchorage and thus, an offshore wind blowing out of the gorge will place
the boat beam to the swell making for a very uncomfortable anchorage and in some if not most cases lasting all
night. The author on various occasions has had one cup coffee tossed off the dinette table onto the settee and
on two other occasions, two glasses of wine tossed off the dinette table onto the settee. Fortunately, the
upholstery is stain proof and all were washed out with salt water.
|On three occasions, the author has rounded the cape northbound after hauling anchor at 6:00 A.M. only to be met
with high seas and wind stopping forward progress. Rather than starting the tacking routine, a passage was
started up the beach line standing off for about a mile and the 30 ft. line, motor sailing with just the main set since
the wind was too high forward the beam for sailing. Gradually the wind and swell piped down making for an
interesting passage since the countryside is more settled with more rainfall, villages, condos and hotels. Almost
every time at around noon, the wind again piped up to about 20 kts. or so requiring the tacking routine and an after
dark arrival at Puerto Santo Tomas.
View of Colnett Anchorage as seen under the fold of red line. View is looking northeast
south of punta.
View of Colnett as seen approaching from the south. The dark indentation to the right
of center is the anchorage. The author would suggest that a waypoint be set at the
anchorage since at night it is difficult to locate and therefore, an unwary sailor could
easily guideon to the shore lights located to the right of the photo.