By: Arturo Valdez
We left at 5:20 am Sept 15
Sangley Cavite to make the most of the improved weather. The wind is
still blowing southwest making the exit at the mouth of Manila Bay tricky.
But BFAR MCS 1104 under PCG CPO Digrano provided assistance making
it possible to move out of Manila Bay. My goal is to get out of the
Batangas, Mindoro, and Romblon waters as fast as I can to get out of
the southwest monsoon. I was hoping that once I am in the Mindoro area,
I will not be wrestling so much the Habagat (southwest monsoon) and
looking forward for the transition to the Amihan (northeast monsoon).
I am also worried about a super typhoon, a category 5- 260km/h developing
in the Pacific. While its moving north, northwest, its wide swath of
coverage may affect the waters I am traversing.
Meanwhile, improved weather
also brought calmer seas, and lack of wind to push us in crossing the
Verde Passage, the channel between Batangas and Mindoro, famous for
its swift and powerful underwater current. A Philippine Coast Guard
SAR craft assisted us until a westerly wind caught up with us 4 nautical
miles before Puerto Galera.
Finally, we reached Puerto
Galera at 2pm of Sept 16 and were met by PCG personnel, hosted for lunch
by staff of Dept of Agriculture and comfortable sleeping quarters at
Nirvana Hotel by the Dept of Tourism. We looked forward for another
day on port before we continue our journey to Calapan.