Voyages North

22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Crossing Dixon Entrance. June 2

06 June 2013 | posted at Ketchikan
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Tree Point Light in Southeast Alaska

In June, the most common question asked at the Prince Rupert Rowing and Yacht Club must surely be, “when will you cross the Dixon Entrance?” We had arrived at the Yacht Club on Saturday, made a quick stop at the Safeway store, gone out for dinner and read our email. With everything closed (even the museum!) there seemed no reason to wait -- except for possibly the weather. “Dixon Entrance west, Northwest 20-30 knots” announced the weather channel of the VHF radio. Just enough to be unpleasant, but not impossible to do. We put off our decision until morning. We had never had a bad northbound crossing of Dixon Entrance and we didn’t want to spoil our record.

“Dixon Entrance West, 20-30 knots; Dixon Entrance East, 10-20 knots,” announced the weather station the next morning. We would be in Dixon Entrance East for most of our crossing. The direction was against us but the strength was good. If we got out there and the seas were rough, we could always duck into Brundridge Inlet on Dundas Island and cross the next day. We decided to go. One powerboat on the dock also left. The rest of the transient boats stayed behind to wait for more favorable winds.

But when we exited Venn Passage into Chatham Sound (we cross Chatham Sound before crossing Dixon Entrance), we found flat seas and calm wind.

We motored all the way to the corner of Dundas Island, where Dixon Entrance starts, before the wind came up. The sky was cloudy bright, the wind brisk but not too cold and the seas were about what we would find in Puget Sound in similar winds. And we could make Tree Point in SE Alaska in one tack.

That evening Osprey swung at anchor in the sunshine in quiet Foggy Bay as an eagle flew overhead and a black bear grazed on sedge grass onshore. We’d had another good crossing of Dixon Entrance.

Comments
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
About:
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
Extra:
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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