04/28/2011, Cutting the Docklines Party
At our party in Des Moines, Darci let us know that she had something to read to us. So, when Dave took a break from playing music, she had written a poem to eagle, and her crew and read it to us. It was so awesome, we needed to share it here on the blog.
The voyage of the Eagle(or plundering the world through a haze of grog)
There's something I'd like to recite to ye people,
Tis a story about Jeanne, Tom and the Eagle.
The tale begins in the pacific northwest,
Where they all began a very long quest.
The lads had decided to take to the wheel,
Raise their sails and see how it might feel.
As nimble as a seabird top a tumbling white ocean,
The eagle plowed south with plenty of motion.
They at once became citizens of a landless nation,
Where this motion and bad weather can be taxes of patrons.
Where vaster stretches can't be found on earth,
Which was just what they wanted rather than be planted in dirt.
Much fun awaited they knew on this trip,
The best part of all it wouldn't be quick.
When 'twas asked, "How long will ye be?"
They'd answer, "Who knows, I guess we'll just see.
Their friend and mates thought with envy,
as they imagined the Eagle having adventures aplenty.
The wannabe pirates began talking as such,
and knew how to have fun with out being gruff.
Each morning Jeanne would yell, "Tumble up Tom, fall onto your feet!"
And Tom would react with out missing a beat: "Woman bring me my grog!. (before your prince turns into a frog).
They'd laugh and make whoopie from dawn until dusk,
Unless of course, trimming the sails was a must.
They'd drink plenty of wine, and eat plenty of fare,
Only stopping to see if the boat needed care.
Their life was too perfect, just them and the sea,
they knew something was missing, though what could it be?
The Eagle was beautiful, the voyage a delight,
The sun out all day, not vanishing 'till night.
The bins were well stocked, the spirits packed tightly,
The sails billowing, the engine purring lightly.
As they stared at each other from the bow to the stern,
What could it be that they still yearned?
The answer was clear, "How could we miss?"
It's just plain and simple as this:
The thing we need most, is to call home to our mates,
Then proclaim to all, invites and dates!
The friends came from afar, relatives too,
They came with out shame, from Timbucktoo!
All wanted to share in the Eagle's adventures,
but the Islander wasn't big enough for all this pressure.
To all aboard, it became clear,
This voyage wasn't meant for friends, no matter how dear.
Tom glanced at Jeanne and smiled with a gleam,
They'd continue their journey, their triumph, their dream.
"On we must sail, to the next port of call,
Whether it be Fiji, Tahiti, or the small isles of Palau."
"We'll blog, we'll e-mail, share all that we do,
We'll recite our adventures and leave out some too!"
New friendships awaited, new oceans for the Eagle,
Tom cast off the lines, Jeanne fired up the diesel.
They were seen clinking gasses of a frosty grog,
The Eagle's wings were out, sailing away from the fog.
The last we heard told of the crew of the Islander,
was that music was heard on the sands of New Southlander.
So we say this to you as only loyal friends can:
May a good life await you with winds that are steady,
Just remember, give a call, we are waiting and ready.
Love Darcie and Jim
04/27/2011, Liberty Bay, Poulsbo
Jeanne and I had a very nice sail from Shileshole Marina, thru Port Madison, thru Agate Passage to Liberty Bay. This is a moderately small harbor that contains Poulsbo, both the town and the marina. Liberty Bay is for the most part a shallow, mud bottom bay that provide good anchoring. We have put down our new anchor for the first time, in a shelter spot between the Poulsbo marina and the Poulsbo Yacht Club Marina.
We had a nice 5-6 knot beam reach until we reached the other side of the sound, with a bright blue sunny sky. Then just as our wind died, and we were getting ready to motor thru the Agate Pass, we got a pretty good rain storm. Once we cleared the other side of the pass,the sun came back out a but there was still very little wind so we motor sailed the rest of the way.
We will be here until Friday morning when we plan on leaving early, stopping at Kingston for fuel, and then off to Port Ludlow of the weekend.
Late addition...so last night was our first night on the hook, with our new Rocna anchor. When we set it I was impressed with the way it grabbed the bottom fast and hard!! Jeanne backed the boat down to make sure it was set, and we were! Good thing because through the night we have 10-15 knot winds with gusts over 20 knots. We still did not have a perfect sleep, as I check our position several time trough out the night, but it was nice to know that we never moved!
The Marvin report: light winds, calm seas with a few rain squalls on the passage.
I have posted a bunch of great pictures from the Party weekend. They are not really in any order..sorry, my fault so i guess you will just have to sort thru them to see what happened. I can assure you with was an epic party. the pictures are in the Photo gallery on the right side of our blog page.
04/26/2011, Shileshole Marina
We will leaving Shileshole Marina at about 2:30 this afternoon to be able to ride an ebb tide over to Poulsbo. We will require an ebb tide for Eagle to pass through Agate Pass, as the pass narrows and has a lot of strong current that we need to be traveling with rather than against.
We will post more as our internet access allows.
04/25/2011, hidden on board the boat
Our beautiful sailing vessel Eagle, has been infected with a man made virus! Now that I know who there perpetrator was, I know that this "Bug" was placed on the boat during our going away party. We were lucky to have found this before it was able to spread through out the entire boat, as I really don't know what the cure for a fully infected area with a virus of this magnitude!! Sunday morning, Jeanne was looking for a bottle of cleaner under the galley sink. And there it was...secretly stashed there in the darkness. Oregon State University beer cups!! Some pathetic "Beaver Believer" hid them amongst our cleaning supplies. Not only do we know who did it...but we now know that it was part of an attempt to convert several of my friends, true and loyal University of Oregon fans over to the dark side. Many of them were seen at our Going Away party using these abominable orange glasses to drink the free beer that we supplied. It there no moral compass in the world any more? Fortunately Jeanne was able to spot this effected area soon enough and with liberal amounts of pure Clorox the area was decontaminated.
Nice try Jim, and you know that your dog Petey was much happier with his "Ducks" collar on than the funky orange and black thing you subject him to!! LOL
Jim, Faith and Petey...we will miss you and the whole Portland gang terribly!! Please stay in touch!
04/25/2011, On Eagle!!
Much like Travelocity has their Roaming Nome, we have Squirt! This totally cool dude, a young sea turtle last seen cruising the EHC currents off of Australia in the movie "Finding Nemo", Squirt has joined us to help document our adventures. Here you you will see him lounging around with Lief Ericson, in the Shileshole Marina north of Seattle. Watch for the further adventures of Jeanne, Tom and Squirt, as we travel on our adventure, and try our best to avoid the "Jellies"