Victoria to Port Townsend

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.

Float planes at the dock waiting for the day’s work to begin.

The Customs dock at Roche Harbour. They clear thousands of boats a year here. Today, not much was going on when we got there. In fact, we were the only boat there.

After we left Roche, we headed south down the west side of San Juan Island. The weather was perfect and the seas just about as calm as could be.

We were slowed for an hour or so on the way down by a large pod of Orcas. They were spread out over a large area and we tried hard not to get in the way.

We arrived at the Point Hudson Marina mid-afternoon and were given a nice slip.

We are spending tomorrow in Port Townsend. Then we are headed south for one night in Poulsbo. We’ll take the time to get everything cleaned up and ship shape before we head back to Seattle.