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.

January 28, 2011

Planning to set sail soon - Friday January 28

It's Friday evening.  We hope the 'red sky at night' fabulous sunset tonight is a positive sign for our planned departure tomorrow morning.  The Captain still has to dash to a marine chandlery for a part, but we should have time for last minute organizing, stowing and a trip to the marina fuel dock before heading 'up the road' to nearby Caleta Lobos anchorage. 

If the southerly corumuel winds don't blow, we should have a calm anchorage; if they do blow, it will be a rocky, restless one.  However, this will cut our planned trip south to Bahia de los Muertos by several hours, as it is roughly 60 nm from La Paz and would be a 10 hour trip in good conditions.  By Sunday late afternoon we hope to be settled at anchor at Los Muertos, watching the weather and deciding if conditions are favourable to head out Monday for our anticipated 48 hour crossing to the mainland.  Los Muertos and Los Frailes are the two most common 'jumping off' spots for cruisers heading towards the mainland and we won't be reinventing the wheel.

Our crossing will be a 2 day, 2 night passage and one many cruisers have done countless times.  Still, it is new for us.  We think we'll head towards Isla Isabella and the San Blas area, rather than crossing to Mazatlan, then make our way along the coast and into Banderas Bay and the La Cruz anchorage.   We are following in the wake of several cruising friends and there are several more boats planning to cross soon (eventually?)

I can't locate a chart to show the East Cape over to the San Blas area, so this one will be a useful reference to follow our travels as we sail south towards Banderas Bay.   The next posting likely won't be until we reach San Blas area, so stay well and stay warm!   (Request sent to use this map with thanks.)
San Blas to Banderas Bay is our tentative itinerary this journey