Destination Gig Harbor attained
06 October 2013 | Gig Harbor, WA
My morning departure from Kingston was greeted by some nice wind out on Apple Tree Cove, so up went the mizzen, main, and genny. What I’d hoped would be a sail hard on the wind straight toward Shilshole wasn’t to be, but I did have a nice sail in generally that direction for a couple of hours.
I often disappoint myself in my stick-to-it-iveness for sailing, feeling guilt every time I give up on the wind and start up the iron genny. My opinion, since you ask, of the difference between power boaters and sailors is that power boaters like "being there", ...sailors like to "going there." Although both enjoy the social life at the dock or in the anchorage, a sailor is much more willing to swap a cocktail for a couple of hours on the water.
Fact is, it just seems pointless to drift along at anything less than 2 knots towards my destination. Maybe that’s something I’m feeling now because I do have places I want to see and things I want to do, even though the last month and a half have been without much in the way of schedule priorities. Also, since I’m single-handing, I use the excuse that can’t really afford to let a four or six hour transit turn into an overnight drift because there’s no one to spell me at the wheel. I will have to learn more patience, though, when faced with a long, slow ocean crossing. Fuel will be precious and time, water and provisions allowing, will be plentiful.
Anyway, I wanted to be in Gig Harbor on Monday to go to the Yeadon-Jones’ kick-off party for the new Puget Sound edition of their Dreamspeaker cruising guides, so I started the engine and motored the rest of the way across Elliott Bay, past Blake Island, and down Colvos Passage, turning the corner around the spit into Gig Harbor around 5pm. I dropped the hook near the head of the bay and settled in for what turned out to be a slightly blustery night.