Saturday, September 22, 2012

Making the Big Left Turn

14-16 September 2012
Off the Coast of Washington and Northern Oregon

Osprey downwind sailing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
We left Neah Bay Marina after fueling up and finishing lunch.  Blue skies and warm temperatures quickly gave way to brisk winds and cooler temperatures as we rounded Cape Flattery and headed south.  We began by motor-sailing but were able to kill the engine and downwind sail by late afternoon and through the night.  The nights were really cold and the swells out of the northwest were pretty big, making for a very rolly night.  

Sunset off the Washington coast.
The first sunset of the overnight passage was truly spectacular and reminded me of our trip to Hawai’i in 2010.  We didn’t see much in the way of wild life with the exception of albatrosses and other various sea birds.  I also contributed a fair amount of fishing equipment to the sea floor (as I always do!) without so much as a bite for the two days I had the line out.

Richard and Tim discussed our route and decided that we should pull into Newport Bay and wait things out as the northwest swell was predicted to diminish over the next few days which would give us a break from the “stomach woes” that swells tend to instigate.

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