|Approaching the volcanic Islas Coronados from the south|
At 12:16 the engine was on and Kelly slipped us off the mooring ball arrangement, while I headed INTREPID II out of this 'hidden harbour". We needed to move on before the currents set in through the narrow channel leading into the "Waiting Room", then reach open water. Isla Coronado lies 19 nm away, almost due north up the channel between the Baja Sur peninsula and large Isla Carmen's west side. We needed to locate an anchorage where INTREPID II would be protected from north winds, in case the forecast northers arrived early. It is possible to take day trips from Loreto. The volcanic Coronado is only 8 miles NE of the town; boat tours promise a variety of marine and wildlife sightings as well as walks on sandy beaches and the opportunity to climb the volcanic ridge.
Seas were calm as we motored into 6 knots of wind 'on the nose' from the north, to a heading of 2 degrees. Gradually the wind rose to 14 knots true from the north east; no point in rolling out the jib for the remaining time. We were making about 5.7 knots over the ground and would arrive well before dark. On reaching the anchorage there were no other boats in sight; we would have the anchorage to ourselves for now. Slowly exploring the south anchorage, we were looking for sandy patches in between the ever-present dark seaweed. The hook settled down in 18 feet over sand at N 26 degrees 06.271 minutes and W 111 degrees 16.502 minutes. The wind was a steady 9 - 12 knots from the north east.
|Isla Coronado - our anchorage was in the dark blue bay|
|Volcanic cone of Isla Coronado|
|Mountains above Loreto to the west|