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First day on the boat
Rain,Rain, Rain, Raining hard.
05/22/2013, Cathlamet Washington !!

Hi everyone it's Freddi and Flo or Flo and Freddi !
We are right now in Dave and Mary's boat in Washington state for the first time. Freddi had so much fun today getting wet and Flo had so much fun staying dry. We have been eating Oreos since breakfast so sorry to all our host families but Dave and Mary are the best host family we found ! ( Just Kidding, or not ?). We had a lot of rain today, like a lot ! Which Freddi was pretty happy about at first. Because it was raining we already watched two movies, Overboard and Captain Ron, with which we have been promoted to Swabs. Dave promised us to become mate by the end of the trip if we behave well ! Dave initiate us to Jimmy Buffett especially to the song Margaritaville.
Aufwiedersehen or Au revoir !

2013 1st Annual Exchange Student Cruise - Freddi and Flo
Rotary Exchange Student Cruise
Mari Latimer / Forecast rain
05/22/2013, St. Helens to Astoria

We are off on our first adventure of the season on a downriver cruise to Astoria. We are joined by two Rotary Exchange students, Freddi (from Germany) and Flo (from France). Also joining us, on his Grand Banks 42, is Andy Jordan (aka President Andy) and two friends, John Ralston and Leslie Hara Schick. Unfortunately the forecast is RAIN, but we're determined to make the best of it.

2013 1st Annual Exchange Student Cruise - Freddi and Flo
Elara at rest for the winter
Dave
11/20/2012, St. Helens, OR

Elara is safely at home at St. Helens Marina, resting for the winter after an active summer of cruising the lower Columbia River. We were blessed by over three months of nearly continuous sunshine beginning in early July, which made for an awesome summer sailing season, with 20-25 knot winds nearly every day blasting down the Columbia River valley in the vicinity of St. Helens. Predominantly northwest winds and a north-south river orientation provided for extended close reaches down to Kalama, and long runs back with just the genoa flying. With lower river levels in the later summer and early fall, flood tidal currents of up to 2 knots in combination with 20 knot tail winds made docking into our upriver slip more than interesting. Highlight of the summer was a 10 day downriver cruise to Ilwaco, Astoria, and Cathlamet.

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