I took the boat to Carillon in the morning, then Sean, Jim, and I went for a cruise to Leschi for dinner. We went along the shore of Hunts Point and Medina to gawk at the fancy houses, including Bill Gates’ very tasteful house. On the way across to Leschi, we got chased down by Lew Barrett in Rita, on a pre-wedding party and reception cruise for Tim Yeadon, who was getting married the next day.
May 29, 2011
May 16, 2011
We left the house late on Friday evening and spent the night on the UW buoys. In the morning we stopped at Pete’s grocery for coffee and fancy snacks, then picked up a friend of Meryll, Mark, from the Center for Wooden Boats dock. As we waited there, I casually put my foot out to slow down a small boat that was approaching, slipped, and fell head-first into the boat. Saved my coffee though! Embarrassing and somewhat painful. It could easily have been a lot worse.
We were kept 600 yards from shore – so far away that we had trouble seeing the actual races. I watched them from shore last year, and it was much more exciting.
May 10, 2011
This was a mostly solo 8 day trip north from Seattle to Bellingham and the San Juan Islands. I met Meryll in Bellingham where she was attending LinuxFest Northwest, and afterward we cruised to La Conner for a night. The next day I dropped her off in Anacortes to drive home. I came back via the straits and Port Townsend. I also met brother Steve and Linda in Bellingham and we cruised around the bay for a while It was a nice, quiet trip, without accident or incident. I was forced to stay inside sheltered water more than I hoped because of strong winds in the exposed areas, but the weather wasn’t as bad as it might have been considering it was early May. I anchored 5 or six times and used my new dinghy each time to go exploring. Both the new Rocna anchor and the dinghy launching system worked great.
Some photos have a link to open ActiveCaptain to the location the picture was taken.
Lunch break at a boat ramp dock at the south end of Whidbey Island:
Langley boat harbor:
Coupeville pier in the early morning: (ActiveCaptain location)
Entering La Conner: (ActiveCaptain location)
La Conner – they’re making humongous hats as pavilions for a big canoe gathering this summer:
James Island. Mount Baker in the distance: (ActiveCaptain location)
Anacortes – view from the top of Cap Sante head: (ActiveCaptain location)
The east edge of Cap Sante has an abandoned stone and concrete amphitheater. I read it was built in the 20’s and they used to have poetry readings there and watch canoe races. There’s a trail down from the upper parking lot: (ActiveCaptain location)
Deception Pass: (ActiveCaptain location)
Port Townsend: (ActiveCaptain location)
Mats Mats bay – dinghy, showing oar storage and hinge: (ActiveCaptain location)
- Gas used: 32.1 Gallons
- Engine hours: 52.0
- 250 miles total (measured on map)
- Engine RPM: 2800 (cruising speed @ 6knots)
- Consumption: 32.1g/52h = 0.62 gallons/hour
- 250m/32.1g = 7.8 miles per gallon
- 250 m/52h = 4.8 miles/hour average (includes many hours of 3-4 mph)