The sent ones set sail: although the clouds do not run with the wind

By Lázaro David Najarro Pujol

June, 2020.- From the port of Santa Cruz del Sur to Cayo Peralta about 48 miles of impressive landscapes separate us. If the journey is to Cabeza del Este, the journey time is much shorter.

More than 25 years ago, we made this trip frequently in the Frank País, a veteran boat that its captain and other crewmen took great care of.

The journey to Peralta was completed in a first section along the coast. After that journey, the boat entered the cayerías through the labyrinths formed by the sea currents and transparent waters.

The itinerary expired in a four-hour journey. After the bow of the boat kissed the Paso de los Chinos we moored the ropes in the timbers of a small dock in Peralta.

For the crews of the envoys (means of connection between the port and the offshore fleet), the old saying does not fit: Do not leave the port if the clouds do not blow with the wind.

Against winds and tides the envoys set sail from the jetty because neither lobster nor shrimp can wait on the high seas.

Every afternoon these fishing boats release their moorings to move to Peralta or another destination of the Twelve Leagues.

Its captains become experienced and knowledgeable fishermen of these difficult-to-access mazes. (Photos by the author)(Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez)

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