Friday, April 28, 2006
Here is a picture of that ocean going rowboat, I think there are three rowers and they are the U.S. team that is entered in the race, to row across the Atlantic. If you look closely you can almost read their web site. They certainly are adventureous.
The other amazing thing we saw the other day was a U.S. submarine. We had seen a big war ship that had sailed by and then there were these white boats that were pretty close together going in the same direction. I must have been looking in the other direction because the next thing I know between the two white boats was a SUBMARINE. My goodness, then I got out the binocs and figured out the white boats were Coast Gaurd cutters escorting the sub out to sea. It was really neat to see it, I felt like we really in the big leagues, no more small potatoes Gulf Island sailing this was the real thing. It isn't a very good picture, but I am sure if we had got any closer they would have got pretty nervous.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
We are back from Neah Bay. We had a wonderful time there. We spent three days, the first evening after we arrived we anchored and then untied the dinghy and headed over to the dock. It is a wonderful dock and the facilities were great. We walked around town and hit a grocery store. Day 2 we spent wandering around on local beaches, doing some beachcombing, Barry found a skookum 30 ft. piece of line and I found one heavy duty orange rubber glove suitable for handling fish. Then we headed back to the dock to watch the fishermen cleaning their catches, their filleting skills were amazing. Some docks that landed had guys in wet suits on board and they had been spearfishing. Hanging about in the background were sea lions waiting for the left overs. There were fisheries officers noting the particulars of the catches, they told us that the sea lions were spoiled, all they wanted were the remains of halibut, they weren't interested in the leftover sea bass or ling cod!!!! At the other end of the dock we saw about 5 eagles fighting over some scrumpcious morsel, one took off with it and another attacked him and the goodie was gone, sunk in about 15 feet of water.
That evening we were treated to a workout of about a dozen aboriginal women on a dragon boat. They did a brisk warmup of about a kilometer and then after a rest they took of for about a 5 km paddle, man did that boat ever move, and they paddled in perfect sequence. I wonder what they were training for?
Day 3 we headed for Canadian shores, planning on checking into customs in Port Renfrew. We phoned a customs number and were told we would have to go back to Victoria to enter Canada. To heck with that, we weren't about to go back 50 NM to check in so we headed out into the Pacific and took a look around the corner of Cape Flattery. After you round the cape you don't have to go west anymore you can head south. I asked Barry if he had any desire to just keep going and got a resounding NO for an answer. We anchored at Neah Bay again for the night.
Day 4 we headed back to Port Angeles with a west wind on our backs. We just flew down the strait, we did the 50 miles in less than 8 hours, WOW. My arms got tired from wrestling the wheel with the 5 foot swells pushing us in directions we did not want to go. We certainly figured out how to sail the boat downwind today!! As we got into Port Angeles the wind howled down the harbour hitting 30 knots. We saw an ocean going rowboat practising for a race across the Atlantic. I think they are even crazier than we are. I give them credit though they were rowing upwind in 30 knots, good practise, better them than me. We will stay on the American side for a few more days and explore Port Townsend and maybe even stay at John Wayne Marina.
I can't seem to add pictures at this site so will have to do it later. Keep in touch, love to hear from all of you.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Today we are headed to Neah Bay which is the last port on the American side of Juan de Fuca before you turn the corner and head south, it is 49 miles from Port Angeles. There is a slight wind directly behind us so we are motoring until the wind picks up. I am hoping to head out to the Pacific for 24 hours and then turn around and head back to Neah Bay. I want to stand 24 hour watches and do some night sailing. We will see what the weather offers. Hopefully I will be able to keep in touch.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Barry’s brother Bruce, his daughter Kathleen and his grandchildren, Monty and Chantal arrived this week. We took them out for a sail yesterday. It was a super day for a sail with kids, the winds were about 10 knots, not too strong but just good enough to get the boat moving.
We went in search of porpoises and WE FOUND THEM. They were fishing in waters where we have encountered them before and after going back and forth over the area three times, they started following the boat. Bruce’s family just loved watching them. There was one fat one amongst the bunch and whenever he appeared no one got in his way. There was also one that was a gray colour and we figured that had to be harbour porpoise. Bruce fell asleep on the front deck on the way home so all in all everyone had a good time.
We are headed out on a 10 day trip this week. We are going out Juan de Fuca Strait to the end and out into the Pacific Ocean. I want to see if I get seasick in the swells and I want to sail on the ocean. I hope to go to Neah Bay and then sail out into the Pacific for 24 hours and then sail back, then head home. We are in Esquimalt tonight so are on are way. I probably won't be able to get e-mail for about 10 days s0 if you want to get hold of us send e-mail to
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Thursday, April 13, 2006
We are finally having our holding tank put in this week. It will be our last major fix on the boat. We are without a head so getting up in the morning and stumbling down to the club house to use the washroom is not my idea of fun. Hopefully the holding tank will be done in a few days.