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!

January 22, 2013

This and that update

Reading the recent blog posts of many of our cruising friends, it seems like 2013 is starting off as a year where flexibility and changes of plans are the norm.  We wish you all well as you head back to deal with family issues, wait for good weather, recover from the flu, try to stay warm in Mexico.

We've made no progress yet on finding those all important cat-sitters for Rosie and Sebastian. Our plans to spend some time in San Carlos with INTREPID II are still undefined.  Weather here has been mostly wet, cool to cold, windy with an occasional glimpse of sunshine.  Unfortunately, the 'get the year off to a good start' resolution received a set-back when we both were hit with severe chest congestion, wracking coughs about ten days ago  We've been lying low recovering ever since.

In December, we attended the Bluewater Cruising Associal annual Awards night. We've been away the past three years "doing" the cruising scene when the annual awards are presented.  It was opportunity to receive our "999 Coastal Awards" in recognition of the nautical miles traveled on INTREPID II  on our bluewater adventures.  Receiving an Offshore Award is still the goal.  Past Commodore Glenora Doherty traveled from Vancouver to make the presentations. We were so pleased to receive our awards from her, as Glenora and her late husband Peter were instrumental in us deciding to become BCA members.  That was 1994!

Glenora presenting us with 999 Coastal Awards
Adam (one of our crew in 2009) and Kelly tell tales
While we mingled with our cruising friends, Kelly offered to provide the current Fleet of 2013 with an overview of what had been required to enter and cruise in Mexico, which was readily accepted. However, trying to cram in all sorts of legal requirement, examples, recommendations and useful links into a 30 minute presentation took us both a number of days to find-tune for the 'dreamers'.  At the Fleet presentation we included recommendations of our favorite cruising guides, commented on where stern anchors were useful as well as flopper-stoppers and wished the group well.  It is rewarding to 'pay back' the association for all the guidance, advice and assistance we have received over the years.

Currently it's time to renew our boat registration, update our radio licenses, get back to our Spanish homework and continue the search for parts for the transmission. Wishing you all well and missing those sunnier climes...hope to see you soon.