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Veterans Day Cruise - 2017

Discussion in 'Pacific North West Cruisers' started by Terry Cox, Nov 13, 2017 at 7:41 PM. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    2,817 posts, 161 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Sail plan was to spend a few days on an Eagle Harbor mooring just to enjoy a late fall long weekend. Checked the BNSF work schedule on the swinging bridge fencing/cribbing repair, only to find out the work is complete, so no more closures.

    Getting underway heading north through Swinomish Channel against a very light NW breeze, but an ebbing current, make good headway to Eagle harbor early in the day. Two other boats occupy a total of fifteen available. I snatch the one I prefer (older style flat mooring) as opposed to the larger tall new ones that bang against the hull all hours of the night.

    Settle in for a relaxing remainder of the day doing odd small jobs around the boat. Nice quiet evening of some music and a movie. Spaghetti for dinner chased with some November vintage Fanzia box wine.

    Saturday after breakfast I check on the forecast for Sunday and weather has a sinister edge to it. Small craft warning winds and rain arriving late Saturday and into Sunday. Do I ride it our here or somewhere else? Somewhere else is Anacortes Yacht Club. So I catch what is left of the flood down Bellingham Channel and through Guemes Channel to the reciprocal dock. Wind has picked up considerably by the time I arrive, but there is space for our boat.

    Kick on the heat pump once I get hooked up to power and settle in for the night. Wind really howls during the night with some fetch against the boat's port beam due to the strong SE blow.

    Next morning I catch a lull in the wind gusts to cast off from the dock and head for Shelter Bay. Had hopes of some sail time but strong wind on the nose all the way down the channel followed by a down pour. Interesting though by the time I reach Laconner, the wind eases, rain stops, skies open up for our arrival.

    Water is still on at the Shelter Bay pump out station, then over to our slip to secure Belle-Vie for awhile. Thanksgiving is coming up, maybe, just maybe the admiral will want to spend it away on the water somewhere. Sure hope so.
     


  2. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    215 posts, 40 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Saturna Island B.C. Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Nice Terry. Wish I was still going out too but I'm getting some changes made to the boat this winter and planning next summer already. Has you're flotilla made any plans for next summer yet?
     


  3. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    3,376 posts, 666 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Sounds like a happy time. Weather sure did like your home coming.
     


  4. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    2,817 posts, 161 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Hi Michael, we're working on it, but nothing nailed down yet. Will keep you posted.
     


  5. Mark Maulden

    Mark Maulden

    Joined Jan 25, 2011
    1,404 posts, 79 likes
    S2 11.0A
    US Anacortes, WA
    Status - new engine is in and wired/plumbed etc. I'm down to the installation of the ACR and galvanic isolator. The prop needs pitch adjustment. We also installed new cabin windows and rebedded the opening ports. So far no leaks! It's going to take a few days just to clean! We're talking about Princess Louisa/sunshine coast/and into Desolation probably in June and mess around getting back end of July. Havent been there in ~25 yrs. Maybe we can get into Isabel Cove...
     


  6. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    215 posts, 40 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Saturna Island B.C. Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Sounds like you've been very busy this fall Mark! Almost a new boat. We tend to go further north for July, get away from the maddening crowd. I think we will go up the mainland side this year, maybe as far as the mid-coast then the west coast of the island again. Really enjoyed the west coast last year.
     


  7. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    2,817 posts, 161 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Hi Mark, unable to find Isabel Cove/Bay in Mapcarta. Supposed to be close to Grace Harbor.

    If you have not visited Roscoe Bay, be sure to include it on your itinerary. Enter/exit at near high tide; very thin entrance.

    https://mapcarta.com/24600668
     


    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017 at 7:36 PM
  8. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    2,817 posts, 161 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    One suggestion that I made and got a positive response was Nakwakto Rapids. Been by it a number of times, but never ventured in. We'll see.
     


  9. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    215 posts, 40 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Saturna Island B.C. Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Just around the corner Terry in Lancelot Inlet
     


  10. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    215 posts, 40 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Saturna Island B.C. Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    We've been thinking about that too! Won't go as far as last year but will go slower and smell the roses.
     


  11. nightowle

    nightowle

    Joined Aug 28, 2006
    160 posts, 5 likes
    Bavaria 35E
    US seattle
    good story of intrepid cold weather sailing in the Pac NW!
     


  12. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    3,376 posts, 666 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA


  13. Mark Maulden

    Mark Maulden

    Joined Jan 25, 2011
    1,404 posts, 79 likes
    S2 11.0A
    US Anacortes, WA
    You got it! Tuck yourself in between Gifford Peninsula and Madge Is. Anchor and politely take a stern line to shore. Nice place to swim, burn garbage, etc. At least 25 yrs ago...
     


  14. Mark Maulden

    Mark Maulden

    Joined Jan 25, 2011
    1,404 posts, 79 likes
    S2 11.0A
    US Anacortes, WA
    We're doing this in June so hopefully not "to" crowded..or is it "too"? Planning on Victoria in August for "Splash". Big city party by the Empress with the Victoria Symphony out on a barge in the harbor along some other venues. Everyone takes dinghies, kayaks etc and floats in front of the barge. Being a symphonic clarinetist, its sorta cool!
     


  15. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    3,376 posts, 666 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Victoria in August, Music, sounds like a perfect Sumer experience. I was there this last July and we had a wonderful time.
     


  16. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    2,817 posts, 161 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Hi Michael, that is what I've enjoyed about cruising with our little flotilla. Two very important decisions that we try to make every day with little success while out; 1) Whose turn is it to serve skipper's night? 2) Shall we stay another day? We also try to plan our next anchorage maybe ten miles away or less. Does not always work in PNW waters, but we strive for that.
     


  17. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    2,817 posts, 161 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Hi Mark, so based on John's link and your comment, here is what Mapcarta shows, but no listing for Isabel Bay/Cove. Looks nice and protected. Must give it a try.

    https://mapcarta.com/24563764
     


  18. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    3,376 posts, 666 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Yes Terry, I could not find it using the Mapcarta sight. Resorted to google maps to get close.
     


  19. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    3,376 posts, 666 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Calling it Isabel Bay/Cove may be a local thing. Like calling Gedney Island = Hat Island in the sound outside of Port Everett.
     


  20. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    215 posts, 40 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Saturna Island B.C. Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    It's called Isabel Bay on the chart. Polly is the smaller of the two islands.
     



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