Broughtons Cruise 2009

25 August 2009 | Tacoma Yacht Club, Tacoma WA
24 August 2009
24 August 2009 | TYC Eagle Harbor outstation, Bainbridge Island
20 August 2009 | Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
19 August 2009 | Deer Harbor, Orcas Island
18 August 2009 | Reid Harbor, Stewart Island
17 August 2009 | Sidney/North Saanich, BC
15 August 2009 | Fulford Harbour, Saltspring Island
14 August 2009 | Otter Bay, North Pender Island
12 August 2009 | Ganges, Saltspring Island
10 August 2009 | Telegraph Harbour, Thetis Island
09 August 2009 | Telegraph Harbour, Thetis Island
08 August 2009 | Clam Bay, Kuper Island
07 August 2009 | Among the Masses
07 August 2009 | Nanaimo, BC
05 August 2009 | Garden Bay, Pender Harbour
04 August 2009 | Lund, BC Mainland
02 August 2009 | Lagoon Cove Marina, East Cracroft Island
01 August 2009 | Waddington Bay, Bonwick Island
31 July 2009 | Laura Cove, Broughton Island

Back in the Hew Hess Hay

18 August 2009 | Reid Harbor, Stewart Island
WX: DAVU, temp 80, wind L/V
After 76 days in Canada, Dreamtime returned to the US of A today. We had to delay departure until about 1230 so we had enough water to get out of the Capital City YC basin. Truthfully, there was probably enough a couple of hours earlier, but stirring up a bunch of mud with the props, then having it all sucked into the cooling system didn't seem like such a smart plan. So we waited.

Haro Strait was glass calm as we came across. We made The Call reporting our arrival to U.S. Customs and humbly beseeching them, in their infinite power and wisdom, to allow us to return to our homeland. After giving it some thought, they relented and let us into the country. It was nice to return to a country not being run by Junior Bush and his cronies. (We heard similar sentiments expressed by not a few Canadians, too.)

Our plan was to head for Reid Harbor to rendezvous with Sidetrack for a night. They were picking up one daughter and host of granddaughters. A call to Gary disclosed that he was sitting in Friday Harbor, waiting for all the women to return from "shopping." He had no idea of an ETA but at least we confirmed the rendezvous. Reid Harbor was, not surprisingly, packed with boats. We may be past the worst of High Season, but there are still plenty of people up here. (A late evening count showed 85 boats at anchor and at the park docks.) Reid, however, is big enough to hold everyone so we had no trouble finding a spot to drop the hook.

Sidetrack arrived about 1600 and we had fun catching up during Happy Hour. Gary and Charlie were able to trade stories about broken belts, starters that wouldn't start and assorted other disasters.

Tomorrow we'll move down to Deer Harbor, hopefully to the TYC outstation dock, though that may be wishful thinking.
Vessel Name: Dreamtime
Vessel Make/Model: Ocean Alexander 40
Hailing Port: Gig Harbor, WA
Crew: Charlie & Diane Long
We are retired teachers who have been sailing in the Northwest for nearly 40 years. Charlie learned sailing and seamanship aboard his parents' Islander 24 back in the 60's. Diane learned out of self-defense when she realized she was marrying a sailor. [...]
The "Dreamtime" is the period in Australian aboriginal mythology known as the "time before time." It was during the Dreamtime that that ancestor spirits "dreamed" the world into existence. People often ask, "Why do you have a SNAKE as your logo?" The Rainbow Serpent, or Waugal, was the [...]

About us...

Who: Charlie & Diane Long
Port: Gig Harbor, WA