Sailing Vancouver Island to San Francisco
We are presently sitting in Coos Bay Oregon listening to the wind and watching the fog roll by.
We had gotten most everything done on the boat we wanted to. Our Grandson, Justin, who is crewing for us arrived, we sold the car. We were ready to go!
We got away from Newcastle Marina in Nanaimo at 14:00 hours on July 31st.. Our friends John and Donna from the Cheviot Rose helped us push off and stood on the dock waving as we drifted down the channel.
We motored through Dodds Narrows and on to Clam Bay where we anchored and were invited aboard Star Tracker for cocktails with John and Helen.
After super Justin and I put the skiff in and went through the pass to the Marina and fueled up the outboard motor. Just one of those things we had forgotten.
The next morning we left at about 9:00 and sailed most of the way to Port Browning to take in the BCA rendezvous which we all enjoyed as well as meeting some other boats leaving for Mexico soon.
We had a slow start on Monday morning and after all the good byes and exchanging email addresses we left at 12:30. We stopped at Sydney Spit and the next morning crossed the Straight of Juan de Fuca to Port Angeles Washington, our first 'foreign port'. Cleared customs and stayed a couple of days before leaving for Neah Bay. We had head winds all the way to Neah Bay where we anchored for the night.
The next morning weighed anchor at 05:00 and motored out around Cape Flattery in light fog and calm winds. About noon we tried to sail for a while but there was not enough breeze and we had to put power back on. Until 16:00 when there was finally a light breeze and we were able make way under sail until midnight when Muriel woke me to say we were down to 1.8 knots.
But again in fog! We followed the marker buoys into the harbor entrance with radar in about 300 ft, visibility. Then the exact opposite of Newport happened, the fog cleared and we powered in under clear skies.
Three friendly young fellows from the US Coast Guard welcomed us in and checked us out for safety and pollution regulations.
We then fueled up and tied to the transient dock where we are now enjoying good hospitality and friendly people of the Coos Bay area.
The next morning Justin and I rowed across the harbor to get some pictures of the sea lions. Then we rented a car and toured some of the sights around Crescent City. Although Muriel and I had seen the redwoods before it was the first time for Justin and we all enjoyed them. We'll have another sight seeing day tomorrow before getting ready for the next leg of our journey.
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