A long way from home
There's a harbour that's something special, we've heard it said. A small jewel just across the Straits not too far from this rather dismal Anacortes Private Marina where we're killing time right now, tied alongside fancy powerboats and their owners who don't know the sea. They call it Port Townsend and we've heard about it before, sometimes from a long way away. We've listened to good things, rumours about traditional wooden-crafted sailing boats and the Yankee hardcore free-spirit we know does exist, that professional grit and determination we've found in so many American sailors all over the Pacific. They sail in their strange double-ended sailboats, those canoe-sterned vessels that always seem to ride the biggest seas with amazing ease. We've usually got to know them well, adventurous die-hard nut-heads who tell unbelievable tales and who have yellowy crooked teeth that have not been straightened and whitened in the American way. They have that familiar far-off look in their eyes, that same strange misty gaze we've seen in mad-head Germans and arrogant Scandinavians, those stylishly weird French and wonderfully intrepid Italians... real sailors who don't care much for the wealthy owners of powerboats you find in places like Anacortes where rich boys rarely leave harbour. We know Morning Star
is over there so we're heading for Port Townsend to see what's about.
There, we're told, we'll find real sailors who bow to the wind, sailing vessels that can cross the sea...
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