Friday, April 18, 2014

Isla Coronados

Puerto Ballandra-Isla Coronados

26 deg 01' 0.25" N 111 deg 09'52.6"W
26 deg 06' 12.0" N 111 deg 16'34.1"W

Engine hours 91.7- 92.2
Winds 14-18 knots
Seas 2-3 ' 5-6 sec
Partly cloudy and breezy

Time 9:46-1:11

We had a great sail today.  We started out under full sail and around noon we decided that today would be a good day to practice reefing under way.  We had 16 knots on our nose almost and we had to pinch the wind to get to our destination.  Even so, we averaged 6 knots/hr.  

I would say we are definitely getting more comfortable with our sailing abilities, our boat and how she handles, and how to work as an efficient team.  The reefing went well. 

We anchored in 20' of water at the south anchorage of Isla Coronados. Right next door to our fellow Palmira cruisers, Diane and Bill on s/v True Love.  She has been very encouraging and helpful with my net experiences.

I made salmon patties, kind of like crab cakes, for our dinner tonight.  They turned out pretty well, so I will share with you my recipe:

Salmon Patties (serves 6)

Prep-time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in 25 min or 1 hr 25 min if patties are chilled before cooking


1 (14.75 oz) can salmon/water 
2 T organic butter
3 T coconut oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 large organic eggs, beaten
1 T chipotle mustard
3/4 c panko or gluten-free bread crumbs
1/4 c chopped fresh parsley
1/4 c capers
1/4 c chopped sun-dried tomatoes
3 T chopped dill

Optional topping: 

3 T plain greek yogurt
1 t chipotle powder
1 t cumin
Sea salt to taste


1.  Drain salmon and save the reserve water.  In a medium bowl, flake the  salmon and remove any bones.

2.  Add the reserved water, eggs, mustard, 1/4 c of the panko/ bread crumbs, parsley, capers, and sun-dried tomatoes to the flaked salmon.

3.  In a medium fry-pan, melt the butter and fry up the onion and garlic until soft. Add the cooked onion and garlic to the salmon mixture.  Mix well.

4.  Form 6 equal-sized patties and coat evenly with the remaining panko/bread crumbs.  Pat and form well.

5.  Melt 3 T of coconut oil in a hot fry pan and cook on medium-high heat until patties are browned on both sides.  Be careful when flipping, as the patties can break apart.  

Garnish with a dollop of optional topping and/or sprigs of dill.  

Note:  you can make patties and chill for 1 hour to help keep them from breaking apart.

These can also be made into bite-sized patties as a finger-food appetizer. (Yield-24)

We made quinoa with onion and red pepper and steamed broccoli to serve with the salmon cakes.  Let's just say there was a little proverbial plate lickin' going on.

Grateful for today,

First Mate Kate


We are spending another day on the hook at Isla Coronados.  We would really like to explore the island but it has been blowing 15-20 knots and that makes for a rough anything.

We decided to take advantage of free time and did a survey of our running rigging.  Most of it will be replaced this summer.  As we were doing that, a pod of dolphins came alongside our anchorage to feed.  What a treat!

We also gave fishing a shot after reading how to fish at anchor.  We had some rank shrimp in the fridge perfect for bait and successfully caught a puffer fish and a seagull. The seagull was a bit scary, as I hated the idea of injuring a bird, but realized that we had her only by the shrimp and not by the hook.  It was like fishing and flying a kite all-in-one.

While we were fishing, a sea turtle came by to investigate, right off our stern.  I just love them!

We are cooking steak on the bar-b tonight with sweet potato fries. Brownies for dessert.  :-)

Grateful for today,

First Mate Kate 


Isla Coronados

Still blowing 12-20 knots.  We are waiting for the winds to subside before heading north.  Too much bashing potential.

Instead, I gave my first haircut.  It was a bit scary, as I have to live with my client.  And he had a lot of hair.  Like Animal from the muppets a lot.  My two concerns...
1) don't cut it too short
2) don't give him a mullet 

Well...1 out of 2 isn't bad.  Haha
Ok, I fixed the mullet.  He no longer looks like a throw back from an 80's rock band.

I think he's happy with it; I didnt see any tears. 
I finished Mexico!

More Breaking Bad was to be had after dinner.

Thankful for today,

First Mate Kate

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh, those salmon patties sound incredible!!! I definitely just added them to my to-do list.