I fired up the engines, untied the lines, and we were off at 5:35 this morning. Time to head home. Wind speeds had been 19 knots overnight, but the indicator showed 1.5 knots this morning and everything was calm in Roche Harbor.
We were one of the earlier departures. I saw just one boat leave before us (but got up about five minutes before we left. In the foreground, is It’s all Good, a 1972 50′ Grand Banks Europa. We were in the slip next to her. Wow, that boat is huge inside. The boat has an engine room on each side. One for each engine. That allows for a full length hallway below decks. The boat is huge inside.
We left Roche Harbor through Mosquito Pass and turned south past Lime Kiln Park and headed straight to Point Wilson. The winds averaged 15 knots or so. There was a small craft advisory in effect for the San Juan Islands and vicinity. The tide was on our side and we made 10.5-11.5 knots well past Smith Island. Much of that ride was a bit bumpy. Wind waves from our starboard quarter bounced us a round a little. We had to hang on to something most of the crossing. The tide was turning to flood as we passed Smith Island. As we approached Point Wilson, the waves subsided. once around the point. The seas were calm the remainder of our trip. We were the only boat around for most of the trip. We did see Ave de Paso, a Grand Banks 52′ behind us crossing the strait (they passed us around Point No Point). But we didn’t see any other boats until we approached Point Wilson.
A bit of a bumpy ride across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Here’s an action shot of the chair falling over.
Passing Point Hudson.
We saw a few Orcas as we neared Kingston. It’s unusual to see them there.
And we are back in our slip. 2:15. 8 hours, 35 minutes. Not too bad.
We had a great time on the boat this past week. The weather was fantastic (until the end). The rendezvous was fun. Back to work now.
PS. The water filtration I installed worked great. I still have one tiny leak to address, but that’s it.