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!

June 22, 2012

Anchorages in review - Punta Perico South, Isla Carmen (April 11 - 13)

Looking to west shore of Punta Perico
This morning we listened to comments from cruisers around the central Sea of Cortez as they checked in to the Sonrisa net.   Southerly winds clocking round to westerlies occurred everywhere. No one had a good night, it seems.  Diane on SV True Love, anchored at the Coronados, advised things had been 'idyllic until the wind went nuts!"  At Bonanza beach on the SE side of Isla Espiritu Santos, the corumels blew 18 to 20 knots all night; a power boat dragged in Aqua Verde.  Seems we were in good company.  We didn't envy our volunteer weather gurus when the 'localized' conditions turned their necessarily generalized forecasts upside down and they listened to all our tales of woe.

Geary predicted "northerlies in most of the sea for Wednesday and Thursday", so it was time to move on.  We wrote 'who knows?" in our boat log under Forecast.  Our sights were set almost due north of us, to Punta Perico South, on the east side of Isla Carmen, 17 nm away.  This small bay offered good north wind protection and was just under 4 hours away.  At 10:00, in overcast skies promising to clear to blue, and a WSW wind of 12 -15 knots, we checked our depth as we motor sailed past the islets; just 30 feet at one spot.  At noon our sails were filled, engine was off and we enjoyed the quiet, sunny day, making just over 5 knots.  We could see our destination.  Our sail was graced with visits by a jumping ray, dolphins leaping and swimming along side, flights of pelicans and a curious sea lion.


Of course, the wind plays games and we were heading too far to NE.  A quick tack to port, but our speed was dropping to 3.7 knots.  On with the engine and rolled up the jib to make our way in to yet another "new to us" anchorage.  At 13:40 we were anchored in 17 feet at 25 degrees 58.289 N, 111 degrees 04.583 W. The winds filled in from the north at 14 - 15 knots, as predicted.  A quick lunch and then a long nap!  We felt secure and sheltered and needed to catch up on last night's lost hours.

Fishermen's camp on shore
Although the winds continued in the 15 knot range, we enjoyed our chance to relax and observe the small fish camp onshore.  The beach here is a gravel one; the fishermen appear to store supplies in the small cave on the western side of the bay.   A starry, starry night appeared; so different from 24 hours ago.  We were fascinated by the phosphorescence lighting up the water.  Something was swimming swiftly to and fro and putting on a show.  A quiet night.
Soft skies at dusk looking towards Bahia Salinas
Thursday morning we heard on the net that a strong earthquake had been felt on the mainland, near Los Cardenas, north of San Carlos.  Winds were still expected to be NNE 15 - 19 near Loreto, just around the corner.  A good day to stay put and do boat chores.  We also checked in to the Amigo Net (8122) and made contact with SV Picara who were sailing offshore.  It was satisfying to have a quick chat with Mike and wish him and Marnie continuing good winds as they headed towards the Marquesas.  We later determined that the earthquake had been magnitude 6.9, centred closer to the Baja peninsula, but felt strongly in the San Carlos area.  Not all that far away, but we hadn't noticed any impact on the water.

It was a busy day for radio contacts as we heard from folks on SV Charlotte Alane and SV Tamburan.  Today's 'norther' seemed to be staying in the 16 knot range and very manageable.  Towards 17:00 pm we were joined by a power boat who anchored, then re-anchored and put out a stern line.  They quickly dropped their dinghy with a splash and zipped off to fish for the evening's main course. 
North shore - gravel beach
East side of Punta Perico - with reef extending south
Cacti marching up north slope
Later that evening, we listened to the Southbound net for an update on the earthquake but didn't learn anything more.  We turned in with the north wind gusting to 12 kms.  It shifted to the west about 03:00; we ended up rolling in the swell which hit us on the beam.  Dragged ourselves up at 06:30 finally as there was not much sleep to be had. 
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