Dire Strait

Our first real time post from a passage.

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Point Wilson is on our wake. We just entered the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We’ve got 70 miles of it ahead of us today.
From now on it’s all new waters to us!
Wind and current are on the nose, and we are hugging the coast to avoid it. Adriana is waming up some bagels and preparing hot chocolates for us. Paulo is playing, Raquel still asleep. Morale onboard is high.
Position: 48’08N 122’50W.
Have a nice day!

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EDIT SEPT 4th:

Taking advantage of some wifi signal to update the post with photos from the passage to Neah Bay:

Leaving Port Ludlow just before dawn
Leaving Port Ludlow just before dawn
The color pallete on the sea just before sunrise
The color pallete on the sea just before sunrise
Sunrise just east of Port Townsend
Sun rising as we were just east of Port Townsend – the first third of the trip
Sailing along past Port Townsend
Sailing along past Port Townsend, the crew alert on the navigation instruments

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A buoy marker off Point XX X, past Port Townsend. And, no, it's not the buoy that is moving - but the water under it! At this point we had wind AND current against us - all 3 knots of it.
A buoy marker off Point Wilson, past Port Townsend. And, no, it’s not the buoy that is moving – but the water under it! At this point we had wind AND current against us – all 3 knots of it.
Raquel cocooned in her own world
Raquel cocooned in her own world
... and this.  Sailing with kids is a lot of fun!
But not for too long.
Sailing with kids is a lot of fun!
Pesto sailing into a small squall
Pesto sailing into a small squall
And when it rains in the Strait of Juan de Fuca ...
And when it rains in the Strait of Juan de Fuca …
... it REALLY pours !
… it REALLY pours !
Of course, Murphy's law had it that something required my intervention outside the comfort of the pilot house precisely when it was raining the most
Of course, Murphy’s law had it that something required my intervention outside the comfort of the pilot house precisely when it was raining the most
Back to the pilot house. Worse than being drenched  and shivering, was to have my daughter running away from me "just because" my foul weather gear was "a little" wet
Back to the pilot house.
Worse than being drenched and shivering, was to have my daughter running away from me “just because” my foul weather gear was “a little” wet
We made it to Neah Bay at 18:45. Raquel changed her sailing attire (Pijamas) for a new figurine, and asked her mother to take pictures of her
We made it to Neah Bay at 18:45. Raquel changed her sailing attire (Pijamas) for a new figurine, and posed for Adriana to take pictures of her
Not so much her brother though
Her brother was not so much into the posing mood though
Paulo and his cool t-shirt, against the cold sunset background at Neah Bay
Paulo and his cool t-shirt, against the cold sunset background at Neah Bay
Weather conditions change quickly here, by the way. For the one hour of daylight left after we arrived here it changed from this ...
Weather conditions change quickly here, by the way. For the one hour of daylight left after we arrived here it changed from this …
... to this ...
… to this …
... and then this - presenting us with a beautiful sunset to finish this day, as we had a nice dinner sheltered in the pilothouse
… and then this – presenting us with a beautiful sunset to finish this day, as we had a nice dinner sheltered in the pilothouse

 

The next day the weather settled – cold and beautifully sunny, as recorded on the next post.

One Reply to “Dire Strait”

  1. Arrived to Neah Bay – our intended destination for the day – after 13 hours from departure. All well. Off to a good night of sleep now 🙂

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