Log #62c Mag Bay to Puerto Los Cabos

January 26, 2017 in Logs by Series, Series 62, The Logs

Log #62c Mag Bay to Puerto Los Cabos

Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico

January 26, 2016


DecLog #62c Mag Bay map. 6, we motored from the outside Santa Maria Cove 28 miles around into Bahia Magdalena to anchor in Man of War Cove (24° 38.207′ N, 112° 08.238′ W). Magdelena Bay, known to yatistas as Mag Bay, is the best rest stop in the south half of the Pacific coast of the Baja, and has several anchorages for shelter and gunkholing around, and reported good fishing. It is a huge sheltered bay comparable to San Francisco Bay in that it is 25 miles NW to SE, and 13 miles E to W. The southern part of the bay is called Bahia de Almejas. The city of Puerto San Carlos lies at the northern end as does an extended estuary and lagoon off an adjacent channel.

Log #62c Restaurant MiraMar




The small fishing hamlet of Man of War Cove is spread out along a gently sloping sandy beach from which the pangas are launched. A group from another couple of boats dinghied over to the restaurant with whale bones outside, for drinks and then they played Frisbee and soccer with a few of the local children. On there return they came over to Veleda to say “Hi”. They were planning to leave next day as there was a good weather window that three boats were taking. They invited us over for pizza that evening to which we donated a couple of pounds of sliced pepperoni, gratefully received. We had bought a large package of pepperoni in Ensenada, as that size was all that was available. I was glad to give some away. We still have some in our fridge as I write this log.


We enjoyed home made pizzas on Tir Nan Og (ancient Celtic for “Home of the wise folk”) made by John and his partner with others from two other boats, Kahlua and Si Senor. When discussion turned to the weather we realized that next day would be a good time to depart as there was heavy weather predicted in a couple of days. We decided to leave next day as well. We initially wanted to spend a few days gunkholing around this large bay, but decided to leave with the good weather window, as our next leg was to be a 184 mile passage around Cabo San Lucas, the southern cape of the Baja, and up to Puerto Los Cabos, another 20 miles beyond the touristy community of Cabo San Lucas.


At 0537 next day we hoisted the main before weighing anchor in the dark (sunrise wasn’t until 0659) and motor sailed out of Mag Bay and southeast down the coast. We were wing on wing with light NW winds until early afternoon when we gybed the main and genoa and turned off the engine to have a beautiful quiet sail for nine hours, all afternoon into the night. We were favoured with a green flash again at sunset. However, Murphy’s Law reared its head and by 2200 (10:00 pm), dark of course, the wind shifted a bit and increased in strength. We had to gybe the main and genoa again, a difficult operation at night in heavy seas manipulating a heavy 20 pound 15 foot long aluminum pole on the foredeck, to maintain a safe course. The wind significantly increased from 15 to 20 knots and then up to 25 to 30 knots in 3 metre (ten foot) swells. This near gale force wind kept up until 0450 (another seven hours) when it died and shifted to a light five knot breeze from the NE, when we furled the genoa and started the engine to motor the remaining 50 miles.


As we approached Cabo San Lucas, we noted the coast line was covered with resorts, condos, and hotels, a tourist area, scenic and warm, with the occasional fishing boat plying the waters.    

Log #62c Condos        Log #62c Trawler off Cabo San Lucas


 The tip of the cape is a craggy set of rock formations, with a pyramidal pinnacle and a granite arch making a popular spot for tourist boats and fishermen. Beyond these formations, the cruise ships and large hotels of the community of Cabo San Lucas could be seen. At 0951 we rounded the cape at 22° 51.700′ N, 109° 58.622′ W, our furthest point south this year.

 Log #62c Approaching Cabo San Lucas

  We had travelled 161 nm since leaving Man of War Cove the previous morning. As we rounded the cape we saw all the condos and cruise ships in this large busy port.

Log #62c Cabo San Lucas West side

We were headed up another 20 miles to a smaller less touristy marina at Puerto Los Cabos.


After mooring alongside the fuel dock and filling a few jerry cans with 66 litres of diesel for only $55.00 US, we relocated to slip C-10 (23° 03.743′ N, 109° 40.408′ W ) aided alongside by helpful marina staff. We did the 184 mile passage in 30½ hours for an average speed of a little over six knots. Very good time. Of course that heavy weather we had overnight plunging us along at over seven knots helped.

Log #62c Puerto Los Cabos cross

The office was across the camber, and had good WiFi access. We took a taxi into town (San Jose del Cabo ) for groceries. The taxi dropped us off and then picked us up an hour later. Good service. As we dinghied across the camber I saw the electric cross illuminated at night, mounted on the hill at the end of the bay. I thought that it is a good thing that Mexico can publicly acknowledge its religious heritage. I sometimes regret that Canada is throwing away its heritage, whether cultural, religious, or historical on the altar of multiculturalism.



We left three days later, on our way up the inside of the Baja, the Sea of Cortez, to Los Friales (pronounced FRY-layz) which I will describe in my next log.

Log #62c Map 3