S/V INTREPID II - Cape Dory Intrepid 40

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Intrepid II is a Cape Dory Intrepid 40 sailboat, hull #2, designed by Chuck Paine and discovered by the Captain in Blue Hill Maine in 2006. The crew are Kelly (Captain) and Carol (Admiral and Blogger). In 2009 INTREPID II embarked on her West Coast journey from Victoria to San Francisco, the Baja Sur Peninsula and into the Sea of Cortez. In 2010/2011, we sailed ifrom Guaymas, south to Bahia Banderas and back. In 2011/2012 she left Guaymas, headed south to La Paz, spent three weeks at anchor on our northward journey and rested on the hard in San Carlos. Her 4th, 5th and 6th seasons were Boat Projects related. Optimistic that there will be more cruising on the horizon!

October 8, 2009

San Francisco to Monterey - to Oct. 8

Who knew how difficult it would be to get consistent wifi access in the United States?

We are currently sitting in the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club finally able to check emails and do a quick update on the past few weeks.  We spent more time in Sausalito and across the Bay in Pt. Richmond than planned, but now have a new refrigeration system and other repairs attended to.  Pam and Dennis on SV Pamdemonium caught up with us in Richardson Bay before we headed out and it was enjoyable to catch up with other BCA fleet boats.

Our trip last Friday from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay was 5 hours of rolly swells and only an hour or so of sailing.  Heading out under the Golden Gate Bridge was ever bit as daunting as we were now a crew of two facing whatever was in store.  We anchored in the bay just as winds started to gust.  They blew all night and all Saturday, so we sat tight and thanked our anchor for holding securely.  Sunday we moved to the Pillar Point Marina dock and were able to walk around, have a tasty lunch at Ketch Joanne's and a quiet night on the boat.  Lots of fun watching the sea lions, brown pelicans and other shore birds putting on a show and the winds quieted down.

We left Half Moon Bay on Monday, October 5th, tentatively headed for Santa Cruz.  Again we mostly motored, then motor-sailed once inside Monterey Bay.  As we didn't want to raft up in Santa Cruz and that was all we were offered in a very crowded anchorage, nor did we relish anchoring in the swells, we moved on.  INTREPID II pointed her bow towards Moss Landing and the Elkhorn Yacht Club, midpoint in the curve of the bay.  The club members made us welcome, providing us with a visitor's spot on the docks; invited us up to the Monday night spaghetti dinner and we settled in for two nights.  We had sea lions right off our port side, pelicans (brown and white) and countless shorebirds to enjoy.

Tuesday we stretched our legs and had a rather noisy walk down the busy highway into Moss Landing proper, visited a gallery and enjoyed a great meal at The Whole Enchilada. This restaurant also provides an excellent and reasonably priced produce market, so we carried home some fresh fruits and veggies.  A stop at a small fish market along the way back provided us with mahi-mahi for dinner.  Pam and Dennis showed up at the dock mid-afternoon as another guest spot had come available so we chatted and discussed future plans, which are always flexible, of course. 
This image shows Elkhorn Slough - protected area near Moss Landing (courtesy of NOAA)
Wednesday morning it was time to bid farewell to Elkhorn Slough and the friendly yacht club.  We motored the 18 nm to Monterey Harbor and are now tied up at slip A10 in the municipal marina.  We've toured a portion of the town and now, having checked weather online, plan to leave Friday morning for a longer passage.  It will likely be over 24 hours as we head towards Cojo Anchorage, just around the corner past Point Conception.  Winds are so far forecast to be lighter, yet hopefully strong enough that we can sail, as we want to keep progressing southward before they switch to south east.

Pictures are on the other computer, so please be patient.  Hope all is well with everyone at home.