Nautilus Captains Log
Night Report Trip #391 Jan 21, 2012. Roca Partida, Mexico.

Tonight was the first night this trip I have been able to spend any time sitting and talk with the guests at dinner. Would say at this point they are very happy with their trip in spite of the start. Seas are a little bigger tonight than I thought they might be. Mid sized swell from NE and NW of 4-6’ and after sunset the wind came up to 15 -20 for about an hour. It has now dropped off to about 10 from the nne. Program is for another 4 dive day at RP tomorrow and depending upon the whale behavior we see probably watch and not try getting in the water with them. Not coming close enough to do that. No new problems, all is good.

Al

From Captain Gordon Jan, 2012. Socorro Island, Mexico.

Had a nice transit overnight last night to Roca partida after a good silky shark snorkel. Arrived at 0700 and we have beautiful weather here so far today, blue skies, 5 kts from the NNE, and an easy 4-6’ swell from the NNW. Conditions underwater just as good with 100 ft plus viz and mild current. On the morning dive we had dolphins playing with the divers, plus a school of galapagos and schooling hammerhead sharks. Second dive great also. No other boats around today. Doesn’t matter. The Solmar is the only other boat out here that knows the secrets to diving Socorro.

All ok onboard.

Gordon

Noon Report, Jan 2012. Socorro Island, Mexico.

Transit all the way down yesterday was perfect, light airs and calm seas all the way. Had a bunch of dolphins escort us in the last 30 minutes and then had a champagne party in the salon after anchoring.

Just finished dive 2 here at the canyon this morning. First dive had some hammerhead sharks, a manta or two and a quick dolphin encounter. Second dive was a little quieter. We’re gonna head up to the boiler now and finish the day there, and head to Socorro this evening.

No other boats around today. Wx today is nice, 5 kts from the NE, a long swell from the S, around the corner looks very nice so far.

All ok,

Gordon

From the Captain, Jan 2012. Socorro Island, Mexico.

At 1140 we’re 90 miles north of San Benedicto, power 1400 ETA Canyon 2200. Wx so far has been perfect, overnight conditions like a lake, light airs and smooth seas. Today we have a a long 4-5’ swell from the WNW that’s rolling under us without much effect and wind is still light from the north. Sky is clear and air is warm. Boarding went fine last night. Guest who lost her luggage managed to pickup a few items at Walmart before coming to the boat and we’ll get her geared up with loaner dive gear. The Brazilian group who had the issues with the length of the trip all seem content, the trip leader had talked to them before hand as you said Mike, and there were no problems when they boarded.

Jason and friends all settled in nicely and enjoying the ride so far.

All systems working well, no major issues to report.

Thanks,

Gordon

Noon Report, Jan 2012. Cabo Pearce, Socorro Island, Mexico.

1140 we’re 95 miles back from Cabo San Lucas. Wx is gorgeous, light airs and a long low swell from the NW rolling under us without affect, blue skies. Overnight the transit was very nice also, just a bit of chop on departure from a 10-15 kt NE wind that lasted only a few hours.

Power is 1300 and ETA Cabo is 2230.

All is OK,

Gordon

Noon Report, Jan 2012. Cabo Pearce, Socorro Island, Mexico.

Had a great afternoon at the Boiler yesterday, 7 mantas playing and great viz and conditions. After 4th dive we headed to Socorro and anchored at Bahia Braithwaite for the night. Navy inspection this morning went fine and we just finished dive 1 here at Cabo Pearce. We have a few mantas around and a few people saw some dolphins. While the divers were down we saw from the boats a big pod of false-killer whales go through.

Plan to do 2 more dives here this afternoon, then were gonna head to Pta Tosca for the night snorkel and then RP overnight and dive there for the next two days. Wx today is nice, no swell over on the east side of Socorro, just 5-10 kts from the NE and a very small wind chop, sky is mostly cloudy with sunny breaks.

Thanks,

Gordon

Noon Report, Jan 2012. Roca Partida, Socorro, Mexico.

Diving Roca Partida again today, finished the day yesterday with a big pod of dolphins spending a long time with the divers.

So far today very sharky, with several sightings of 30+ hammerheads, a school of 15 -20 galapagos sharks, plus the usual other sharks and fish. Conditions underwater still good.

Wx is similar to yesterday, winds 5-10 kts from the NE, swell 6-9’ from the NW with some smaller swell from the NE. Mostly cloudy today. Merc outboard on rescue boat is running again. Logistics of getting it to a repair shop in Cabo on same day turn with no dock was too much so we took it with us and Marv gave it another go and got it running. We had a leak in the hot water line which was leaking onto the bed in Cabin C. Not too much water leaked out and Marv jumped on it right away, drained the line and repaired it.

That’s all,

Gordon

Noon Report, Jan 2012. Socorro Island, Mexico.

Had a good silky snorkel last night, half a dozen big silkie sharks in close the whole time. Overnight transit from Socorro Island to Roca Partida last night was decent, most of the swell seems to be coming from the ongoing NE winds with the NW swell long enough not to bother us too much. Had around 10 kts of wind overnight, this morning so far it’s been 5-10 from the NE with 5-7’ from the NE and the bigger but much longer 6-9’ from the NW. Sky has been partly cloudy. Diving conditions are great today, mild current and viz 100 ++ ft of blue water.

Pretty sharky as well with schooling hammerheads and a couple dolphin encounters. With the diving so far we’ll probably try for day two here tomorrow unless the forecast is sketchy. No other boats around, mood is good onboard.

All ok,

Gordon