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.

February 21, 2012

Catch up: San Juanico to Puerto Ballandra

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Puerto Ballandra is a small bay on the north west side of Isla Carmen, a large island to the east of the small city of Loreto which is an historic mission location.  It  is approximately 24 nautical miles in a southerly direction from San Juanico as the dolphin swims, so we estimated between 4 - 5 hours for our journey.   The forecast was for afternoon winds of NW 15 - 20 knot winds and NW seas in the 2 - 4 foot range.  As 'afternoon' is not precisely defined we headed out at 09:45 into a light swell to take advantage of lighter winds and smoother seas.  As we mentioned in our brief earlier update, Ballandra is a great anchorage and we enjoyed our first time very much.

Cactus high on ridge over beach

Red sea star in clear shallow water

Shale formation on south west headland
Window rock
However on Sunday we had to decide whether to stay or move on?  We were enjoying the peacefulness and ability to relax in a protected spot, so one more day was the answer.  Noon-ish brought another welcome surprise when we spotted SV Daydreamer anchoring to the north; we wondered if they knew something about the weather changing that we hadn't heard?  John and Diane paid us a visit shortly after.  We caught up on their travels, including a trip to the Copper Canyon, before the wind picked up and they headed back in somewhat choppy conditions.

Another quiet night with a decision made to haul anchor in the morning and set our sights for Aqua Verde.
Sunset looking towards Loreto to the west

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