Off the Coast of Central Oregon
44° 07’ N, 124° 17’ W
|Sunrise over the central Oregon coast.|
|Lone gull on the calm Pacific.|
We decided to turn into Eureka, California as we were concerned about the lack of wind and the consumption of diesel. At the rate we were going, it was likely that we might not have enough diesel to make it to Bodega Bay unless the wind picked up. Richard checked the weather forecast and it looked like we were going to be stuck in calm winds for a while with much stronger winds coming our way later in the week. The decision to turn into Eureka meant that we might end up staying in Eureka until Tuesday as the forecast indicated that strong winds and big swells out of the northwest were heading our way.
The passage into Eureka involved passing through a long channel bordered by man-made breakwaters. As we approached, we noticed that the Coast Guard was positioned at the entrance monitoring conditions to determine if safe passage could be made or if vessels should wait it out until calmer conditions develop. After passing through the breakwater channel, the course continues through a winding channel to the city of Eureka and the marinas.
|Osprey tied up at the Eureka Public Marina.|