Day 4 And 5 Port Townsend

Day 4 was an easy 3.5 hour motor to Port Townsend where we tied up at the Hudson Point Marina near Admiralty inlet the East entrance to the Straits of San Juan de Fuca. Port Townsend is about wooden boats, architecture and history. Lots to take in around its seaside shore. The music for departure from Port Ludlow was Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture replete with real canon. It's somber rather memorial tribute beginning and canon fire was chosen because Port Ludlow was named in honor of Navy Lt. Augusta Ludlow who served during the War of 1812. A her, he was mortally wounded during a battle at sea. His Captain who also died during that battle issued the famous command to Lt. Ludlow, "Don't give up the ship." Both are buried at Trinity Church in Manhattan.
Due to small craft advisory and gale warnings in the Straits we stayed an extra day and plan to depart Saturday for Oak Bay Marina on Vancouver Island. We had dinner with my cousin Steve Park who lives here in Port Townsend. A consummate story teller and writer we had our fill of tears of laughter. Thanks cousin!
So early light out tonight in preparation for the crossing. It was a nice day of rest and local exploration.

Day 3 Port Ludlow WA

Departed the Viking village of Poulsbo at 1250 hrs. After some discussion about departure music we sided with Wagner over Sibelius and played The Ride of the Valkyries in honor of Ann's brother Ron Trauner an opera aficionado and loyal member of the Wagner society. When it comes to the Ring, Ron has few if any equals. Shortly after departure we encountered a humpback whale alongside us next to the Navy torpedo station at Keyport, a possible spy of mammal origin.
We passed easily under the bridge at Agate Passage and into the Sound for Port Ludlow. Winds variable but less than 5 knots out of the NW we again relied on the 21 hp Yanmar for propulsion. So with the ebb tide we galavanted along at 5.5 to nearly 7 knots making Ludlow at 1810. Distance of 30 nm. Wow! So sailing is a turtle kind of pace. Weather sunny and light winds encountered porpoises, avoided the Kingston Ferries, a Westwood container ship and a Mitsui auto carrier.
Ensign Wilson our watch dog managed some security between naps. Overall a good Passage and happily hoisting a craft beer from an amazing market in Poulsbo. Incidentally the Navy jazz band at Poulsbo was up to New Orleans class. All young guys. So it's nice to be tied up to the dock in this quiet harbor. Ann and I and Wilson send you all fair winds.

Day 2 Poulsbo WA

Departed Gig Harbor at high Tide for Poulsbo a 5.5 hour motor run up Colvos Passage to Port Orchard Passage to Liberty Bay avoiding Bremerton ferries. Winds variable out of the North to Northwest. Music on departure was Vivaldi's mass choral work Gloria in D major with the Robert Shaw choral in honor of Howard Meharg. Sunny day and light traffic outside of a tug and barge tow that had the nav watchful. My Rainier ever present during the voyage.
The quaint town of Poulsbo and its Nordic cultural ways is a good port to spend a couple of days. But we will be off around noon Wednesday for Port Ludlow via Agate Passage. Navy band plays tonight in the park! Enjoying another good day and thankful for the tiller autopilot. . Open water though is on the way yet. Thanks for checking in on us and have a good day!

Day One Gig Harbor

Departed Olympia at high tide to the music of Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” in memory of my Brother. Wind calm so motored taking 5 hours. Tied up at Arabella’s Landing for the night. Beautiful day on the South Puget Sound carefree and relaxed. Our Dana 24 Kestrel was all good. New Garmin chart plotter was a welcome addition to the navigator though paper charts also accessed. Toasted our safe arrival at the famous Tides Tavern for a cold draft beer. Picture of Ann under the Tacoma Narrows bridge with a mild ebb current of about 2 knots.
Our dog Ensign Wilson stood watch while we were on tavern liberty. Depart tomorrow for Poulsbo. Fair winds. Gary and Ann and Wilson.

San Juan and Gulf Islands Prep

Time now is spent preparing to sail or motor from home port Olympia to Vancouver Island. At 5 kts tides and currents rule the day and between charts, apps, Captain Jacks tide and current book and Waggoners I've been consuming and digesting info. We expect to be three to four weeks on this cruise with departure August 14, 2017. Crossing the Straits of San Juan de Fuca also has my weather attention from Port Townsend to Oak Bay Marina just east of Victoria Canada. Our dog Ensign Wilson will be on deck security watch. More later.