As we commented in our earlier 'summary', our departure from Guaymas was challenged by unexpected fog and the temporary closure of the port. Once we were well underway and through the last of the fog banks, INTREPID II responded well to being back at sea at long last. Our concern about growth on the propeller and waterline seemed needless, as she made good time. The engine stayed on to charge the batteries as we were using radar and the auto-pilot through the fog banks and on into the night. Our main was up and the jib was rolled out whenever we picked up enough wind to throttle back the engine yet make around 6 knots.
|Captain catching 20 winks|
|Nearing San Juanico at sunrise|
07:50 - anchor down, SPOT message sent out saying 'here we are - all is well'. We checked in with the Sonrisa ham net to say we'd arrived safely. A quick check to make certain we'd stowed and tidied all on deck and in the cabin, then we settled down to a few hours of well earned sleep. Later that afternoon, we were joined by SV Mystique, who considerately anchored a distance away, but gave us a friendly call on the VHF to compare notes.
|The Spires by day, with light choppy seas|
|The Spires by full moonlight|
That evening we spent time on deck after dark star-gazing at a clear, dark canopy, with brilliant, sharp points of light throughout the night sky. That's what we'd hoped for during our crossing, but were appreciating it all the more. The golden moon, still full, rose behind the "Spires" at our stern, and dramatically outlined these jagged rocks. Of course, pictures could not do it justice. We retired for the night with a renewed sense of why journeying by sailboat to such anchorages was so special.
The next morning was clear, but the northern winds began to blow early and we chose to enjoy our view from the boat. The forecast NNW 11 - 14 knot winds were actually in the 18 - 23 knot range before they settled down to 11 - 15 knots for the next few hours. Still it was a sun-shiny day. Kelly had deployed both flopper-stoppers to stabilize our rolling in the south-east swells finding their way into the anchorage. The Mystique crew, Terry and Patricia, did take their dinghy out for a spin and stopped by for a chat before heading back. Shortly after, a familiar red-hulled sailboat glided in and anchored to the south of us, SV Char-Anne. Our turn to call them on the radio and wish them a good evening.
|San Juanico - clear blue water and rocky islets|
Next stop is towards Isla Carmen to the east of Loreto; perhaps Puerto Ballandra anchorage, a new destination for INTREPID II.