INTREPID II was tentatively scheduled to untie the dock lines today; snip that La Paz bungy cord and head northward towards the islands and beyond. However, once we started checking weather forecasts and comparing notes with other folks on the dock, it looks like we`d be setting ourselves up for some rolly nights right off the mark. Strong westerlies are appearing on the grib files and other forecasts. As we've mentioned, the nearby anchorages of Espiritu Santo are open directly to the west/southwest; great northern and often south wind protection; not so much for the Corumels and westerlies. A good reason to stay a few more nights and ensure the loose ends are dealt with....and listen to the sounds of the festivities (earplugs tonight for sure!).
|Anchorages of Isla Espiritu Santo|
|Colour coding anchor chain|
Our canvas work was completed. We are happy with both our new cockpit cushions and our sunscreen panel between the dodger and bimini. Now INTREPID II is well equipped to be warmer in the cockpit on any damp overnights or when the wind is sharp and colder. Hopefully they won't be needed for the remainder of this season. Thanks to both Danny and Hector for their fine work.
|New cockpit cushions - very comfy|
Thanks are in order to our good friend Henry, who drove us on a short trip over the mountains to La Ventana - a kite surfing mecca on the east coast facing Cerallvo Channel. On our first passage in 2009 we'd tacked back and forth forever it seemed, in front of this wide bay, which is not great for anchoring, so it was fun to see it from a land perspective.
|Kite surfing campground - season is almost over|
|Enjoying La Ventana with Henry|
We`ve provisioned but will continue to add fresh produce and top things up before we leave. There have been casual visits onboard, and a few dinners out listening to great music.
|Cruisers enjoying Friday night at Tailhunters|