Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ucluelet to HOME!

photo                               WINGS coming home

After 2 nights in Ucluelet resting, eating out, doing laundry and getting fuel, we motored across Barkley Sound to Bamfield, where we tied up at an outside slip for a quick getaway the next morning. We planned on making a 88 mile trip to Sooke Harbor, a long day for us. We did manage to leave early the next day, but looking at the wx forecast, we saw a gale warning farther up the strait, beginning at Sooke. Not wanting to try the somewhat difficult entrance to an uncertain marina as the day slipped away and the wind blew, we opted to stop at Port Renfrew, about 20 miles short of Sooke, anchoring just offshore. After an uneventful  night (we like that!) we once again headed for Sooke, where, upon arriving, we found we were making 8 to 9 knots up the strait with an incoming tide, so we just pushed on the 15 miles to Victoria. We tied up to the dock and waited for several of our home town yacht club members to show up. The yacht club had reserved an area right in front of the Empress Hotel, one of our favorite places, for a concert on Sunday night. Unfortunately, we had made plans to be in Anacortes on Sunday PM, so we had to leave the party early to arrive home on time.  The trip to Anacortes was windless, as so often happens here, so we motored the final 33 miles home. On the way, we raised all the courtesy flags we have collected around the world, which promptly go tangled in the rigging and I had to go up the mast  to sort it all out. A small crowd greeted our arrival, Champagne was served, and it was over! 10 years long, about 50,000 miles sailed, adventures too many to count, wonderful friends made. Memories to last a lifetime. The best part is that were glad to be home! Anacortes has always been our choice for  home, and all through the trip, that has not changed.  Cheers! Terry & Deb

Monday, July 30, 2012

WINGS has arrived in Ucluelet, B C


Yesterday morning, as I settled in on deck for the last watch of the passage, there was a long, dark fog bank to the south. The moon was peeking over the edge. The water was oily smooth, there was no wind, and we had been motoring for 2 days. Several dolphins made passes under the boat, leaving glowing trails of phosphorous water behind. Simply beautiful! I wondered if I would miss these long passages. Nah! Well, sorta, maybe.
We had the mountains of Vancouver Island in sight since the day before, at well over a 100 miles out. Now we were only 5 miles out, and details on shore were coming into sharp focus. The light house  at the point west of  the harbor passed by, we went by dense forest with with a few homes snugly tucked into the forest along the rocky shore, then the harbor entrance came into sight.  As we turned up the harbor, the water calmed -- the passage ended.  We motored slowly up the harbor, looking for the customs dock. We found what might be the dock and tied up. A local said we should proceed to the police station. That we did, but no one was home. Using a phone on the wall, the dispatcher gave us a number to call customs direct, which we did. We were a little worried about this, as we have way too many bottles of wine for Canada’s liking, not to mention all the other stuff. However Deb charmed them into letting us stay, and we were in! After tying up at a slip, we wandered up town for breakfast. And after that we had a long nap. Then we put the boat back in some kind of order, went out to dinner, then had a wonderful, uninterrupted whole nights sleep. This morning will be dedicated to boat chores, a wash, laundry, and all those other little things we need to do.

Tomorrow, we plan on moving the boat 14 miles to Bamfield via the fuel dock for a night, then we will head for Victoria with another overnight stop on the way, for 2 nights. We plan on arriving in Anacortes on Sunday the 5th of August. 
Cheers! Terry & Deb

Saturday, July 28, 2012

One more night!

We are still motoring. The seas are flat calm, there is some blue in the sky. This morning, I put the last of the 60 gallons of fuel stored on deck into the tank. This will easily get us into Ucluelet early tomorrow (Sunday) morning, about 8 AM. Then we will see just how well customs likes getting called at that hour! Looking forward to our arrival! I've been told that were going out for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Cheeres! Terry & Deb

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Friday, July 27, 2012

38 hours to go to Ucluelet, BC

The last several days have been overcast, with visibility ranging frome 1/2 to 20 miles. Generally, it has been just cold and damp, and we are getting anxious. This morning it dawned mostly cloudy, with some patches of blue sky. This afternoon, it is most all blue sky. Thats better! With the change in weather, the wind moved aft and dropped. We are now motoring. We have the fuel to go the remaining 200 miles, but we'd rather be sailing. In any case, were looking forward to our arrival in Ucluelet, BC for a good nights sleep, some maintenance, (oil change) and some heat. After Ucluelet, we can day sail home! Cheers! Terry & Deb

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

650 Miles to go to Ucluelet, BC

The last 2 days have had us wondering why, on earth, did we ever leave the southern latitudes! 2 weeks ago, we were bitching about the heat, now, the cabin is 61 degrees inside, with no real heat except the generator when it is running and the battery charger while charging. Outside, it has been foggy, sometimes very foggy, other times not so, but always with an overcast. Everything outside is wet with dew and it is cold. It is also very nice sailing. Smooth waters, steady wind, but not too much, is pushing us along at almost 6 kts. If we can maintain 6 knots, we will arrive in Ucluelet, BC, in about 4.5 days. We are definitely looking forward to being tied to a dock, where we can plug in to elec, run our little space heater, and get a whole nights uninterrupted sleep. We plan on spending a day in Ucluelet getting the boat in order, then moving over to Bamfield for a night, on to Sooke Harbor for another night, then Victoria for another, then finally (!) home. Yea! We just hope it really is summer there. At this point, were a little suspicious!

Can i say "Aloha" when its this cold? Terry & Deb

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Around the high! Finally!

Friday, the 20th, position 46 46N; 156 23W.

Yesterday we finally made it around the high! For the last several days the wind has been moving more and more aft as we move north, finally going around towards the SW. When that happened, we were able to put some east into our heading and start moving more towards the US west coast. Late yesterday afternoon, we poled the Genoa out to windward, let the main sail way out to leeward, tied em down, and have been heading NE ever since. Now, when I finish this, we will jibe the main, as we are still headed too far north. We want to reach 49degrees North, but not quite so soon! Ucluelet, our planned rest spot, is at about 49N. The entrance to the strait of San Juan de Fuca is at about 48 30N, or about 30 miles south.

Ever since we rounded the high, we have had fog in various densities, our visibility has been from 1 to 5 miles. It is not a thick fog, we can see and feel the sun, but at night it is wet. Yesterday, a 967ft container ship came up on our AIS. It was to pass 2 miles north of us. He was doing 18 knots! I called him on the VHF radio, he said he saw our AIS signal and he would make sure he didn't get any closer. With the fog we never saw him pass! AIS paid for itself again!

1245 miles to go! (MTG) Aloha! Terry & Deb

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day 8 N40 36; W159 46

As much as I would like to complain about all the hardships we are going through, I cannot. Running out of patience is something I can address, though! We are still running straight north. Our latitude is just south of Crecent City, CA. Good news. Of course we are 1500 west of same. Bad news. That high that I keep going on about is still a little north and east of us, and it might be several days more of going north before we get on the north side of it. When that happens, we will also get winds on our back, and have a downhill ride all the way to the coast. And I want that to happen now! I'm ready!
All that said, we are having a great sail. The wind is about 15 kts, just behind the beam, the seas relatively calm, the boat holding together, and were making good speed. Not much to complain about. Just have to work on that patience! Aloha, Terry & Deb

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