“Off to California”

foggy

The trip to Port Townsend from Victoria was a foggy experience. We were very happy to use the radar and AIS system. When we arrived in Port Townsend, the first sight was Lady Washington at the city dock. We had passed the entrance to Point Hudson without seeing a thing. We circled back and entered Point Hudson, rafting up to MV Lotus for the duration of the Wooden Boat Festival.

shone bright

All around Cape Flattery Tatoosh shone bright……..

the moon

………up the Straight of Juan de Fuca on a full moon night!

We definitely loved the Radar

As we got used to the new equipment …ie the AIS, Radar and Chart plotter, we realized how spoiled the modern navigator is…and who would want to be without these great tools!

Just thinking
…how am I going to make that bloody auto pilot work?

a happy girl

It was still cold and foggy but Patsy was HAPPY

Coos Bay was friendly and very reasonably priced

Heading out of Coos Bay (our first landfall) - Pat and Tony and Chris. In Coos Bay, the docks are crowded with crabbers from all over America. They drive to Coos Bay in their RV’s and spend a couple of weeks on the docks catching crabs, visiting, smoking and drinking coffee. There is a big transient dock with lots of cruising boats coming and going. We saw our first pelicans there, and a tame dolphin fed by hand by the fishermen. The folks were friendly and helpful. We would have stayed there a bit longer, but the weather forecast told us it was time to go.
Always time for tea

Pat and Tony never refuse a “Cuppa”

patsy at night

Sometimes all you could see was her smile

Concentration

We tried all sorts of combinations of watch systems…sometimes alone, sometimes as partners. This time Patsy and Tony took a shift.

peanut butter sandwiches

Kathy (Katie to the skipper) enthusiastically slaps together peanut butter sandwiches for the second leg of the trip.

The boat did herself proud and sailed herself.

Under most points of sail and in almost all conditions she would sail, and/or motor herself..for long periods of time, (with just a little trim tab applied via the “tiller tamer”) but sometimes, when it was blowing 35knots and your concentration lagged, she was a handful to get back on course.

A really great crew

Chris Wood and Katie Haight were the extra crew…and they were great. We laughed a lot…or were those smiles just grimaces?

two lads

Almost there…

The Bridge is spectacular

It was hard to believe that after all those false starts we had finally made it to San Francisco

patsy in the sun

The light was magic and the warm breeze like a tonic.

pat on foredeck

Linn’s shirt seemed like the right thing to wear in California

At last

San Francisco, open your golden gates…..

the bridge

An Art Deco Masterpiece

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