|Isla Danzante - a sleeping dragon|
|Roca Solitario at the entrance to Aqua Verde|
Aqua Verde is a small fishing community and prized for its beautiful turquoise green waters. The fact that it has both north and south lobes, offers protection in various wind conditions, except from the east. Roca Solitario also offers excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities; if and when the weather goes above 68 degrees! We had rolled up the jib earlier, then turned INTREPID II into the north east wind to drop the main once we entered the bay. The bimini offers us protection from UV rays, but obscures seeing the wind direction from the helm. Suddenly the mainsail was dropping to port in great folds, straining our Dutchman lines past the breaking point. Kelly managed to tidy up the mainsail (with a few editorial comments). We motored on towards the north cove wondering if we could find a suitable spot inside the reef. There were three boats in prime spots and pangas filled the space in front of the beach. (Note: The mono filament lines were shortly re-threaded through the mainsail and tucked into their pocket; all was well.)
|Aqua Verde looking east|
|Pangas and Buildings on north beach|
|INTREPID II at anchor in Aqua Verde|
The following day we dinghied ashore with hopes of stretching our legs on a long walk over trails noted in the cruising guides. Closeup they certainly appeared more like goat trails, offering limited footing up and over some of the nearby ridges. Our hike therefore was more of a meander with stops for photos and to admire the various view scapes and perspectives. Onshore there are two buildings which appear to be occupied by members of the village fishing co-operative. It does not appear that the "Aqua Verde Yacht Club" is even a virtual site any longer. The fishing folk have raised up wire fences to indicate the structures are in use.
|Panga and fishing shed off our stern|
Kelly took the water temperature - a cool 65 - 66 degrees, decided it wasn't about to warm up much, nor would he have calmer waters to check the propeller and zincs. Into his westsuit, then into the turquoise waters....brrr! Surprisingly, the water is not overly clear, but once under the boat he could see that all was well. No growth on the propeller and the zinc was in good shape.
|Good news - the prop and zinc are in good shape|