Saturday, May 26, 2012

Looking up in Poulsbo

We woke up this morning to summer, here in Liberty Bay.  For the first time this year, we slept with the ports and the hatch open and it was comfortable in the cabin when we got up.  The sun is shining brightly, and the water is glass smooth - one of those wonderful gorgeous mornings.

Just off Point Monroe
But the sail over here yesterday was definitely not calm.  We had 20-25kt, with gusts to 30kt.  We had Eolian rigged with just the mainsail and staysail (perhaps I should have taken a reef in the mainsail...).  With this rig, wind, and rough water, we made more than 6kt across the sound.  For some reason I didn't think to take a picture until we were behind Jefferson Head, and sheltered from the waves. 

Ray steered us all the way from Shilshole to Poulsbo, following our previously laid in and vetted GPS route.  There was only one place where I had to take control from him - the left turn into Agate Pass.  Because of the placement of the shoals, there is little room for error there, and Ray was going to swing wider than I was comfortable with.

And glory be!  Where we are anchored we are getting a weak but mostly usable signal on channel 4.  Considering that we almost never watch TV, why is that important?  Well, because tomorrow morning, beginning at 09:00, channel 4 will broadcast the Indy 500.


Anonymous said...

I used to live in Poulsbo when I was stationed at Bangor. We sailed the bay in our little Catalina that we pulled across the country from Norfolk VA when we transferred.

You get those crystal clear (even warmish) mornings in May, seemingly more so than June.

Beautiful boat. I enjoyed the photos you posted of her.


bob said...

Rick -

Catalina makes some nice boats. And I understand the trailer-sailor thing... we towed our O'Day 25 over to the Chesapeake and back due to requirements of the job...
(I miss the warm water of the Chesapeake)


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