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.

November 30, 2009

INTREPID II in Cabo San Lucas - Nov. 30

Hola amigos!

SV INTREPID II and her crew are congratulating ourselves on another cruising milestone.  We've made it all the way down the North American west coast from Sidney, BC, Canada to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico - a journey which took from September 9th to November 29th, 2009. We haven't counted up the nautical miles yet but a significant part of our first cruising  journey is complete.

Thanks so much to our families who encouraged, worried, sympathized and sent their good wishes and prayers with us all along the way. We are here safely in many ways because of your care and concern.  To our friends - thank you too for your encouragement and advice - always appreciated.

Many of you know we didn't plan on docking in Cabo San Lucas.  However we needed fuel for the next passage, the fuel line on the outboard is cracked and we do need our outboard working for dinghy transportation through surf conditions in many anchorages and we really need to provision.   Can you believe $142 US for one night at Marina Cabo San Lucas??   Consequently we hope to keep this visit very short and move on up the east coast of Baja California Sur to Las Frailes and onward towards La Paz.
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Marina Cabo San Lucas - H dock is on left 4 docks from top
Cabo San Lucas is a distinct contrast to our recent weeks at anchorages and the solitude of overnight passages.  After arriving yesterday at the marina at 10:30 am, we showered in a real shower (not too far a walk  - we're on H dock) and set out for a quiet, inexpensive lunch.  We finally discovered a small restaurant off the beaten tourist path, then bought a few provisions at a small market.  Back at the boat, we tidied up and planned to sleep a few hours then go for dinner, but sleep won out.

Today, Monday, we're up early and treated ourselves to an excellent breakfast on the marina walkway - heuvos rancheros for the Captain and pancakes and scrambled eggs for the Admiral as well as fresh squeezed orange juice.  Then to work - where to find a fuel hose for our outboard, try to do the blog update, can we get everything done and leave for a much cheaper anchorage? No -- we'll be here one more night.  So we'll tackle the provisioning here.  It appears likely we need to take taxis to and from the marina as the large stores are between here and San Jose del Cabo.  Finally a good wash down for our dauntless vessel - she really has earned it.

Photos Recap: Bahia Magdelena to Cabo San Lucas

Bahia Magdelena still bears the scars of hurricanes and flooding:

Church at Bahia Magdalena - damaged by hurricane winds and rain
SV INTREPID II at anchor in Bahia Magdalena
Miramar Cantina - cervezas and camarones
Early morning departure (6 am) from Bahia Magdalena towards Los Cabos
Rolly seas near Cabo Falso - Nov. 29th - almost to the tip of Baja California!

Photos Recap: San Benito Oeste to Turtle Bay

The weather is warmer - thank goodness!
Log update every hour - position, speed, conditions
San Benito Oeste

Carol - at anchor Bahia Tortugas (Turtle Bay)
Tricky to get up and down these stairs - Turtle Bay 
Spotted a Bluewater Cruising burgee at Turtle Bay
Those long walks back with provisions....
Some greenery and colour amidst all the dusty village roads
View of Turtle Bay beach and dock
Dinner's almost ready
Turtle Bay anchorage from dock
Turtle Bay street scene
Dennis (SV Pamdemonium) and Kelly at Turtle Bay restaurant with internet access
Bahia Asuncion
Bahia Santa Maria at sunset

Photos Recap: South from Ensenada

The next chapter of our journey - sailing the west coast of Baja California:

Making muffins
SV Whiteshell II - your sunset photo anchored in Bahia Ascuncion!

Our colourful bean bag outdoor sofa
Our faithful navigation instruments - as well as charts and guides and our own eyes

Photos Recap: On to Mexico

Another milestone - entering Mexican waters!

Finally in Mexican waters - Raising the flag!

Ensenada - with an impressive landmark to guide us back to the boat

Kelly and new friend Joey - very special boat cat aboard SV Whiteshell II

Photos Recap: San Diego

We chose to let the Baja Ha Ha rally leave San Diego before we sailed in - last stop before Mexico!

Sunset from our berth at San Diego Police Dock
A quick way to get around San Diego
Kansas City BBQ - site of a Top Gun movie scene

Photos Recap: Santa Barbara to Oceanside

Fog as we left Santa Barbara for Oxnard
INTREPID II at Pacific Mariners Yacht Club - Marina Del Rey
Sunset in Newport Beach
Santa Ana winds still blowing enroute to Oceanside
Memorial anchor at Oceanside
Watching the fisher folk on the Oceanside pier

Pensive Pelican Pondering
Walking the beach at Oceanside
Mission San Luis Rey - the 'king' of missions in California
Mission Courtyard
Windy day at the mission

Photos Recap: Monterey to Santa Barbara

Apologies for the topsy-turvey nature of our postings and photos - this is catch-up time again - starting with our time in Monterey:
Bookends - Pelicans in Monterey Bay
Reminder to re-read Steinbeck's Cannery Row
Sight that makes an overnight passage worthwhile
Still in our foul weather gear 
Damp and cold - but still smiling
The dreaded Point Concepcion - very benign passage for INTREPID II

Oil platforms dot the way into Santa Barbara harbor
Intricate Santa Barbara architecture