North American Tour 2017-2019

From Portland, OR through Panama Canal to East Coast of USA and back via Caribbean, Panama Canal, and Hawaii

18 July 2017 | Friday Harbor, WA
11 July 2017 | Crescent City (CA)
09 July 2017 | Crescent City. CA
08 July 2017 | Brookings, Oregon
06 July 2017 | Coos Bay, Oregon
05 July 2017 | Newport, Oregon
04 July 2017 | Newporr, Oregon
03 July 2017 | Off Cape Lookout, Oregon
02 July 2017 | Tongue Point, Astoria, Oregon
29 July 2016 | Off the Washington State Coast
29 July 2016 | Off the Washington State Coast
26 July 2016 | Refuge Island, Vancouver Island
24 July 2016 | Ucluelet, Vancouver Island
22 July 2016 | Ucluelet, Vancouver Island
22 July 2016 | Effingham Bay, Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island, CA
21 July 2016 | Effingham Bay, Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island, CA
18 July 2016 | Off Obstruction Island, WA coast
17 July 2016 | Tongue Point, Astoria, OR
16 July 2016 | Tongue Point, Astoria, OR

Friday Harbor Diversion

18 July 2017 | Friday Harbor, WA
George Stonecliffe
Meanwhile we have headed up to our condo in Friday Harbor. The summer weather is delightfully sunny and warm unless sitting in the shade. We rented bikes, and enjoyed riding, and of course listening and looking for birds. Our bird watching list is up over 30 species since we have arrived. The oyster catchers were a surprise!

Change of Plans!

11 July 2017 | Crescent City (CA)
George Stonecliffe
A big change in plans has been made :( George's left hip has worsened dramatically, making walking and overall ease of movement very difficult, awkward, and painful. Cape Blanco showed how important ease of movement around the boat was critical for our safety. So we phoned and made an appointment to see the surgeon that replaced George's right hip (which is feeling great). We intend to have the left hip replaced, and then continue on with our Dream Journey.
In the mean time we will leave the boat in Crescent City, fly to Portland, drive to Friday Harbor, stay in our Condo for the summer, have the left hip replaced, and after a quick rehabilitation, head back to 'Julia Max' maybe in time to join the Baja Ha-ha out of San Diego at the end of October. :)

Brookings (OR) to Crescent City (CA)

09 July 2017 | Crescent City. CA
George Stonecliffe
The LongBottom Coffee Shop provided a morning pick-me-up with mochas, oatmeal and scones. A 'Local' called a fishing friend in Crescent City for us, and we learned about an inner safe passage through St. George Channel that would reduce our transit time, and keep us out of heavier weather. The sun was out, and blue skies above gave us a wonderful reprieve from yesterday's winds.
We made our way into the Crescent City harbor which has been rebuilt since the Japanese tsunami that they experienced a few years back.

Cape Blanco Nemesis

08 July 2017 | Brookings, Oregon
George Stonecliffe
In 2008, rounding Cape Blanco (OR) proved to be the most difficult passage of our Journey. This time it was even more difficult! The forecasted winds were from the North 20-25, and would be through the night, a very manageable situation. However, actual winds increased through the day and night from the North 35-45. We were 15-20 miles offshore, and sometimes stronger winds build that far offshore. We were using our jib reefed down to just a "handkerchief". The boat was going 7-8 knots which was much too fast. So by reducing sail, we were able to keep the boat going 5.5-6 knots, a much more controlled pace. The waves were the problem. They were big and close together. Our steering wind vane handled the conditions fabulously, but on occasion a big wave would push the boat off course, and before the steering could regain the course, another wave would push the boat further off into the troughs of the waves, a very dangerous place to be. Quick manual steering assisted getting the boat back on course thankfully.
By 10:30 pm we called the Coast Guard, mentioning the conditions, and asked if the winds were less in towards shore. The Brookings (OR) weather buoy reported 10 knots, and the Crescent City (CA) weather buoy also was showing 10 knots. We immediately turned towards Brookings. At 8 miles offshore the winds were N25 knots, at 5 miles offshore N15, and at 3 miles offshore they were at N10. Also the seas were reducing in height and ferocity. At 1:40 am we were tied up to the dock in the Brookings, and soon fast asleep in our bunks in our safe harbor.

Fog, Limited Visibility and Overcast

06 July 2017 | Coos Bay, Oregon
George Stonecliffe
Depth in a Marina shouldn't be taken for granted. The tidal sequence in Newport included a 7' swing. At low tide, we sat on the bottom in 6' of water. That meant we couldn't leave until the tide started rolling back in. When we left at 8 am, it was pea soup fog. We crept past the Yaquina Dredge at the tips of the jetties, and headed out to sea by engine. The wind was single digit, and sea state was light. 13 hours to Charleston (the port at Coos Bay) made arrival just before dark. We stayed only 6-8 miles off shore, on the way down, so we were in cell range, talking to our son Ted who was in Montana, our friends Ivan and Cheryl in Grants Pass, and texting our daughter in California. Isn't communication grand! Oh yes, and breakfast on board with Careen's gift of strawberry jam. Yum!

4th of July in Newport

05 July 2017 | Newport, Oregon
George Stonecliffe
The day was filled with people dressed in red-white-and-blue; well-wishers saying 'Have a Great 4th!; people in festival mode looking forward to the fireworks after dark. When dark came you could see and hear the resounding explosions of fireworks all through the Bay area. Although the day was windy and cold, smiles warmed everyone through and through. Happy 4th everyone!
Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Float Plan: July 1, 2017 Leave Portland, OR; head south along US West Coast; leave San Diego 10/29/17 with Baja Ha-ha Rally; go through Panama Canal 3/2018; Florida 6/2018; NYC and Rhode Island 7/2018; Chesapeake Bay 9/2018; Caribbean 11/2018; Panama Canal 3/2019; Hawaii 7/2019; home 10/2019
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