As we continue making our way home – currently at anchor at Tumbo / Cabbage Island – I’ll share another highlight from this year’s trip north. Since my last post, we enjoyed an uneventful crossing of the Strait of Georgia … Continue reading →
Butedale, situated along Fraser Reach on Princess Royal Island, was once the site of a successful salmon cannery where hundreds of people lived and worked from 1911 to some time in the 1950s. It’s now a ghost town. Like so many other canneries along the ...
It was a gusty day, early in my sailing career, and I was making good speed along the Willamette, when the wind suddenly dropped to nothing, leaving me dead still in the water. Then, around a bend in the river, I saw it: looming three ...
No, I’m not a baseball player.It has been an amazing season of whale watching this summer. Today, I had two trips… on the first one, we did not see whales. That hasn’t happened much this summer. The guests were understanding: the resident Orcas were too far north or west to get to. There were no […]
Q13 posted this fun video, sent in by a view, of a dolphin leaping and playing near Point Defiance this weekend. It appears to be a White-sided dolphin, according to Q13. It is one of three species we get see from time to time on Puget Sound — and the rarest. More common are the […]
As someone who is about to transit the notoriously shoal and narrow Swinomish Channel, it came as a pleasant item of information to hear that the next round of dredging has been scheduled. Unfortunately, we’re going through it tomorrow, and the dredging isn’t scheduled to start until late next month. Unless we inadvertently stray into […]
We have been leisurely cruising the San Juan Islands, and enjoying sunny weather. Aside from visiting some of our favorite spots from the past – including Spencer Spit and Sucia Island – we explored some new spots. Skull Island in Massacre Bay was a small but very cool island to walk around, and even try a […]
The Navigators Piloting and Charting Reference Card puts the commonly used coastal navigation formulas and symbols on one handy card for easy reference. This card helps prevent mistakes when tired, or when doing your Navigation Class homework. Even with today’s use … Continue reading →
It’s Freebie Friday again and this time around we have a link to a free step-by-step guide to using a sextant for navigation. The browser-based software is presented in chapters with graphics and examples to walk you through the process and ends with a test to see if you understand the information before moving on. […]
Thunderbird Northwest Regional Regatta, August 30 & 31, Port Townsend. Our ever growing T-Bird fleet is hosting the 2014 Northwest Regional Regatta this coming weekend, August 30th & 31st. Racing starts at 11 on Saturday and the last start will be by 3 pm on Sunday. Sounds like an action packed weekend on the Bay. […]
In the past I have repeatedly referenced the Previous Owner with some disdain. In fact I have attributed most of the problems we have dealt with aboard Eolian to the Previous Owner. However, astute readers of my previous post will have noticed something: I whined about the use of silicone rubber as caulking under the […]
This week we hit our six year cruisaversary. On August 21, 2008, friends sailed us out of the entrance to Eagle Harbor, Washington, and on our way to adventures afloat. We did not anticipate that we’d be out this long, not knowing at what ages the children might pine for “normal” land lives, how the life […]