A through review of Charlie should be given some thought before entering this anchorage. Approach
from the south more than likely will be at night, the author agrees with Charlie in that night approaches are
not recommended due to the various reefs about the anchorage, particularly from the north at night.
Charlie suggests two approaches from the north one offshore and the other just off the beach, the author
suggest that the approach off the beach not be used, the tendency is in order to avoid the reefs, to get too
close to shore and therefore, get the boat too close to the point. This particularly true if the wind is
blowing from the stern and the boat is sailing wing and wing and in an attempt to bear off as the point is
approached, the starboard wing tends to stall with a loud and sharp "bang" and thus creating an
uncomfortable situation. Further, the area is shallow and the bottom can be seen as the boat is sailing at
hull speed approaching the reef. The reef extents out from the point and on the first passage down, the
author using the inshore approach observed three feet on the fathometer going around the point and
further, there are lobster traps set at the point. The author suggests that an approach from the north be
made well offshore to clear the lobster traps that abound in the area above and about the point and reefs,
there appear to be hundreds, the reefs can be easily seen due to the breaking swells but the lobster traps
can be a pain. When well past the point, then beam reach in to the anchorage.
An approach from the south at night can be done with care in the event that it becomes necessary, there is
a red light on a tower that can be seen from miles offshore and so just line the boat up with the light
inbound and drop the anchor in about thirty feet. This routine will anchor the boat just off the village as
depicted in Charlie's drawing. Charlie suggests a choice of two anchorages, the author while anchored off
the village on several occasions has been "buzzed" by the local fishing pangas in the early morning hours
before sunup, they motor by at top speed and pass a few feet behind the boat, its not known if they are
being playful or just resent the boats presence in the midst of their traps. So, it is suggested that if
possible, the anchorage depicted as a "quieter anchorage" be used. This anchorage is out of their usual
paths to their traps. As on the approach from the north, a departing vessel north bound should stand well
offshore to clear the lobster traps before proceeding on course.
Approaching the alternate and suggested
anchorage located to the starboard side of the
photo and situated in front of a boat launch ramp
cut in the sand bank.
Sunset view of first anchorage as taken from the
The Reef "Roca Ballena" as taken from a
Looking north from the "quiet anchorage", the catamaran in the foreground is
anchored in somewhat shallow water, the author in this instance was anchored in
about 22'. After arriving at about 4:30A.M. up from Santa Maria Bay, this
anchorage was a delight.
The "Quiet" anchorage as described by CHARLIE