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. Season 7 - we are hoping to cruise again at long last.

October 23, 2009

Photos Recap: Moss Landing and Elkhorn Slough

As we mentioned in our 'quick updates', INTREPID II traveled from Half-Moon Bay after the winds died down (of course -- too much, then too little) and made a very long day trip to the Elkhorn Yacht Club near Moss Landing.  We received a very warm welcome, enjoyed a great dinner and photographed the various wildlife and sea life right on our dockstep which delighted us.

Kelly back in foul-weather gear for the voyage south
Carol - at least I'm not in my foul-weather tocque!
Elkhorn Yacht Club made us welcome

Not what you'd expect near a protected habitat!
Pamdemonium and INTREPID II meet up at Elkhorn Yacht Club
A quiet evening at Elhorn Slough 
White Pelicans feeding with Sanderlings and Gulls nearby
Heron patiently waiting
Still enjoying their evening meal
Standing sentry at the marina 
Taking it easy
A sweetie - but she wanted to nip at us on the way to the shower
Picturesque setting at The Whole Enchillada in Moss Landing

Photos Recap: San Francisco to Half Moon Bay

Time to leave San Francisco Bay area:

Sea Lions in San Francisco Bay
Heading out of San Francisco Bay towards Half-Moon Bay

We anchored in Pillar Point Harbor (just above sailboat image)
(courtesy of Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce)
Radar installation overlooking Half-Moon Bay anchorage
The wind blew hard - but a beautiful night sky
Brown Pelican - Pillar Point Marina
Frolicking sea lions - great entertainment

Kelly stretching his legs on Pillar Point boardwalk

Photos Recap: San Francisco Bay Area

Sights of the Bay Area:
Interesting philosophy!
A curious fellow
A most friendly and welcoming yacht club
Dennis and Pam - thanks for the great tuna dinner!
San Francisco cable car - only an hour wait to ride
Brickyard Cove Marina in Pt. Richmond - old brick-making equipment
This image (courtesy of visit.berkley.com) shows location of Port Richmond - in inset to left of highway 580 indicator and south of Richmond.

Photos Recap: Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito

Reaching our first cruising goal!

Golden Gate Bridge at last

Our intrepid crew have earned their champagne!
So have the Admiral and Captain! 

A restful park in Sausalito - solid land

Photos Recap: Newport OR to Drakes Bay CA

And the cruising journey continued .....

Edie, Captain Kelly, Carol and Adam - Newport, OR
Foredeck work - just before the gale hit!
Sunset somewhere along 126 degrees west
Monitor wind vane earning its keep!
Captain Kelly - What's ahead?
Adam keeping a lookout
Edie - alert and tethered securely
Admiral Carol - isn't this an adventure!

Photos Recap - Departure - Starting Our Adventure

At long last success with posting some photos!  These go back to our departure and onward:

SV INTREPID II at Sidney North Saanich guest dock - ready to start her cruising adventure!

Captain Kelly at the helm
Our impressive spinnaker pulling us along
Admiral Carol - we are underway!
Sailing westerly in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

October 21, 2009

Still in Marina Del Rey - Oct. 21

Disappointingly we did not solve INTREPID II's mechanical/electrical challenges after all.

We are now waiting for return phone calls from electrical shops and from other yacht clubs who might have reciprocal spots to offer for a few additional.  We've tried to upload some pictures onto this blog but all that happens is they queue up then disappear.   It might be time for a new, speedier computer, but that definitely is not in this year's cruising budget.

We've spent Monday and Tuesday night onboard INTREPID II at the yacht club dock and had a enjoyable dinner last evening with family at one of their favorite Mexican restaurants.  We've said our farewells for now, having had too short a visit, but boat repairs have certainly had an impact on how we're spending our time.  Since Kelly had to drive to the Standard Horizon office outside Long Beach to deliver and pick up our less than stellar performing chart plotter, we rented a car and also used it for trips to West Marine, Ralph's (large grocery store) and to do some banking.  It will be laundry day today with attempts at checking email and updating this blog.

In the meantime, we discovered a tidbit of history about our current location:

The anchorage that became Marina del Rey’s raison d’etre finally started fast-tracking in 1949 when the Army Corps of Engineers submitted an elaborate $23 million plan for a marina with the capability of mooring over eight thousand small craft boats. The fast track went warp speed in 1954 when President Dwight David Eisenhower signed Public Law 780, making the Marina del Rey harbor an authorized federal project.   As the project neared completion, a vicious 1962-63 winter storm demonstrated that the channel leading into the harbor proper was vulnerable to strong wave action. Baffles, lying perpendicular to the channel, were quickly installed, and then later replaced with a bouldered jetty that protects the channel today.  (courtesy of online Tripadviser article)

Our plans are still to move down to King's Harbor in Redondo then spots south - but for now one day at a time.

October 18, 2009

Marina Del Rey - Summer at last!

Another opportunity to do a short update and fill in some details:

SV INTREPID II is at the guest dock of the Pacific Mariners Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, CA. We're having a much anticipated visit with Kelly's brother and sister-in-law, as well as appreciating access to wifi.  We'll likely move the boat to another dock shortly to ensure we don't overstay our reciprocal privileges at the yacht club.  We have found summer - hot and humid - and air conditioning is welcomed.

We left Monterey on Friday as planned, rounding Point Pinos, moving southward along the coast near Carmel, then did some motor sailing as we headed out on our first overnight passage with "just us two".  Off of Big Sur, INTREPID II turned more south-westerly and we could see the green of Los Padres National Forest in the distance.  Weather updates indicated we could expect strong to gale force winds by Monday so we definitely wanted to be south and around Point Conception before then.  By Friday evening we were still motor/motor sailing as the winds were often dead ahead from the southeast.

Boat traffic was varied throughout the night and we used the radar as well as the AIS to anticipate what was coming our way.  Stars were visible for awhile, but most of the night we had cloud cover which limited our chances to become more familiar with the constellations.  We made the decision to bypass San Simeon and Hearst Castle as well as Morro Bay to ensure we made our weather window. Instead we watched the lights of these communities as INTREPID II glided by.   Neither of us got much sleep as we tried to rest for an hour or so then back on watch together.

The next morning dawned somewhat clear and winds held steady.  If we ever get our photos posted, you'll see that we had a fairly calm passage nearing and rounding Point Conception - thank goodness! This headland is the point where the Santa Barbara Channel meets the Pacific Ocean, with a lighthouse at its tip.  Weather here, both marine and on land, can be challenging.  INTREPID II 'turned the corner' and soon Cojo Anchorage was a welcome site.  One sailboat was anchored  right at the waypoint suggested by the Douglas' cruising guidebook and an oil platform service boat was on a nearby private mooring.  The wind had started to pick up, but we anchored securely and had a nap - then dinner -- and finally some much needed sleep.  This map shows Cojo anchorage between the red arrow of Point Conception Lighthouse and Gaviota State Park.  It offers good protection from northwesterlies. The winds were not a problem for us that night.

Location of Point Conception with Cojo anchorage to the east
Early Sunday we hauled anchor and headed almost due east for Santa Barbara which was still over 40 miles, or 7 hours away. Nearing the Santa Barbara harbor we spotted a sailboat race in progress so Kelly had to watch for an opening as we motored through just before they rounded a mark and popped their spinnakers. Very colourful.  Somewhat tricky maneuvering.  Over the VHF radio we were advised by Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol that the marinas were very full, so we worried we'd have to anchor out in spite of the weather.  However, once in the channel, we called again and they said "go for it - come to the accommodation dock and see what is left".  We were given the last slip INTREPID II (at 40 feet) could fit into thanks to a local boat being out for repairs and were very happy to tie up at a dock.  Santa Barbara Harbor is run by the municipality and they required lots of documentation, including our registration papers.  A story for another time is how much difficulty Kelly has trying to do the right thing and report in to Homeland Security.  A tale of incorrect phone numbers, people not understanding what he was attempting to do, etc.

We spent Monday walking to Stearns Wharf and taking the electric shuttle up State Street to sight-see, then provisioning at "Ralph's", a large grocery store.  Santa Barbara is a beautiful city and we enjoyed the day although we were a bit damp by the time we made it back with our groceries. The first rain of the year fell that day and the very high winds had arrived as forecast.  Tuesday continued with dumping down rain so we wore our foul weather gear to do some shopping and were still soaked by the time we returned to the boat. Everything went up and into the dryer.  We chose to stay on for Wednesday and the skies started to brighten up somewhat.

Marina lower centre, Stearns Wharf at right, State Street leads Downtown
 (courtesy of tourist info office showing public transportation routes)
By Thursday morning summer returned to Santa Barbara while we were at the fuel dock .  We motored into left over swells and fog shortly after.  It was interesting times as we were headed between two sets of offshore platforms. The radar and chart plotter were put to use and the fog thankfully lifted within a few hours.  Once again we were motoring and motor-sailing as we made our way to the Channel Islands Harbor at Oxnard.  A past commodore of the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club greeted us and directed us to tie up at their guest slip, close to the bridge (very close).  Wish we'd had time to stay another day and really enjoy the generous amenities of this yacht club.

Friday we were up and off the dock by 7:30 am headed for Marina Del Ray.  We went from jackets to long sleeves to short sleeves quite quickly.  About 2 hours from our destination, however, the voltage gauge started to fluctuate wildly so off went the engine.  There was a problem with the regulator and very little wind to keep us moving.  Kelly checked out the obvious items then restarted the engine and we motored very slowly (3.5 knots) the rest of the way to our destination.  Interesting times getting into a very tight slip at the Pacific Mariners Yacht Club, but they had cheerful people ready to help with lines and all was well.  Getting out will be a challenge!  Yesterday Kelly replaced the regulator with our spare (older) one and so far so good. We'll see if it did the trick when Kelly and his brother and friend head out today for some sailing.
Marina Del Rey is massive - we docked in upper left of main channel
Once again, we wish everyone well and hope to catch up by email as time and Internet access permit.

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.