BANG!

17 June ’18 – I was completely asleep and all I know is I woke up and BANG. Something had hit SWEET PEA and I was up with my head out of the cabin in a second. I see a large sailboat heading away and a guy saying, ‘I’M SORRY! I’M SORRY! OH WOW! OH … More BANG!

To the islands!

15 June 1018 – I’m wanting to get to the San Juan Islands. This means going north. I could cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca or go the ‘back way’ going up Saratoga Passage on the east side of Whidbey Island and then take Swinomish Channel passing through LaConner. I’ve never taken the latter … More To the islands!

South to Edmonds

7 June 2018 – I cast off the Hope Island State Park buoy at 7am and motor with the tide to Strawberry Point with 5kt wind on the nose the entire way. The Skagit Bay channel heading south along Whidbey Island is narrow and busy with boats and crab pots for (easy) short tacking. The … More South to Edmonds

Saratoga Passage

After securing SWEET PEA for sea I depart the Port of Edmonds berth at 9:30am. Before leaving the marina there is a quick stop at the gas dock for fuel. Leaving the port entrance I turn to starboard heading up Possession Sound. A very light-to-no-wind that is blowing on the nose, along with a slight adverse current; so the motor runs until 1pm when I’m near Langly and the winds picks up from the NW 5-10 knots. Two hours later I clear East Point and an hour later pass by Baby Island heading south into Holmes Harbor. … More Saratoga Passage

One month

After a nice couple of days at Liberty Bay and Poulsbo it was time to head to Edmonds to meet up with my family and celebrate my sister’s birthday. This trip involved transiting Agate Passage and then crossing the main channel of Puget Sound. There is a strong afternoon and evening wind forecast for Admiralty … More One month

Some catching up

It has been some time since I’ve posted about SWEET PEA’s Salish Sea adventure. I’ve been busy on my new boat/home SWALLOW and posting on this BLOG what I hope are helpful information on semi-generic trailerable sailboat things before the information disappears into the dead portions of the Internet. So here begins again the tale … More Some catching up

Keeping a ship’s log

Besides the joy of going down memory lane and reading old entries, information noted about how the boat sailed, anchorages, weather patterns, etc. are great resources for future voyages. Keeping track of items needing attention when back home is also helpful … this was especially helpful after the first sea trails conducted on AIR BORN in the San Juan and Gulf Islands. … More Keeping a ship’s log