Quepos to Bahia Drake - approx 60 nm
Since we had been making really good time, in radio conference
with KETCHIN UP, we decided that we could probably get away with
leaving at 4:00 am the next morning, rather than 3:00.
So, on Wednesday we got up, were ready to go, and
pulled up our anchor at 4:00 am and made our way out of
Bahia Quepos headed for Bahia Drake.
So far our travel-in-the-morning strategy was working out well.
On the way to Bahia Drake we didn't run into any rain or lightning,
and the seas were calm and flat. About the only negative was the lack
of a sailing wind, but we'd rather have no wind than rain and lightning,
so we just motored our way happily down the coast.
When we pulled into the bay (named for Sir Francis Drake, who stopped
here on one of his epic journeys) around 2:00 p.m., after making the
60 or so nm from Quepos, we were surprised by how pretty
it was. There were lush tropical forests on all sides, and surprisingly,
the anchorage was relatively calm, more comfortable than either Quepos or Herradura
for us. If we had not been so concerned about getting to Golfito (KETCHING
UP had a plane to catch), we might have even considered staying here a
day or two and doing some exploring. However, after checking on the SSB,
it looked like we had a good weather window for the next day's leg to Golfito
and we wanted to take advantage of it to round Punta Llorona on the Osa Peninsula.