Flotsam & Jetsam while sailing from Point A to Point B...
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.