We just finished two weeks in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. We’ve been going there for a number of years. We try to visit old favorites and make some new discoveries each time we visit. This year, the weather was fantastic. Some years are sunny, some are wet, some a combination (this is most common). We had sun, warm, and flat seas almost the entire time. It clouded up one afternoon, rained in the evening and through the night, and was clear and sunny the next morning. Perfect!
We slipped out of the Poulsbo marina this morning at 5:30 under cover of darkness and wound our way through the anchored boats in Liberty Bay. Surprisingly, only about half the anchored boats seemed to be sporting the required anchor light. We could see the boats on radar, but occasionally had a hard time finding them visually. Once past the anchored boats, it was smooth sailing.
We left Point Hudson early this morning and headed south through the bay, past Indian Island, and through the Port Townsend Canal. Here we are approaching the canal. The bridge links Indian Island to the mainland.
We met Mel and Eileen yesterday. I tried to help him with a computer/GPS problem he was having, but he figured it out before I did. They have a wonderful 1983 Grand Banks 42 Motor Yacht, Mei Lee. The Motor Yacht version of the 42 uses the same hull as us, but pushes the aft stateroom out to the sides of the hull. While it eliminates the ability to walk completely around the deck, it gives the interior the feeling of a much larger boat. We kept asking them … are you sure this only 42 feet long? They purchased the boat new in 1983. They were very nice and gave us a tour of their boat. Here they are leaving the marina on their way back to Olympia.
Departure this morning was at 6:30 am. We slipped out quietly without disturbing the neighbors. We had hoped to go directly to Port Townsend, but were unable to make an appointment with Customs. Soooo … we had to back track a bit and go to Roche Harbor in the San Juan Islands to clear Customs before heading south across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. That detour was worth about three extra hours.