Cruising the Pacific Northwest 2021

Fully vaccinated, we look forward to getting back into cruising the Pacific Northwest as COVID dies down.

16 June 2021
02 June 2021 | Portland, Oregon
24 March 2020 | Portland, Oregon
29 August 2019 | Astoria, Oregon
10 June 2019 | Friday Harbor, WA
06 June 2019 | Nanaimo, BC, Canada
20 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
19 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
18 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
14 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
10 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
07 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
04 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
02 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
23 April 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
23 April 2019 | Pt. Burica, Costa Rica
22 April 2019 | Pt. Burica, Costa Rica
18 April 2019 | Puerto Armuelles, Panama
16 April 2019 | Isla Coliba, Panama

Offshore Hazards at Punta Guiones

07 February 2018 | Central Costa Rica
George Stonecliffe
The easterly winds were strong, so we were staying close to shore to reduce the fetch or build-up of waves. And we were having a great day of sailing in 20-25 knot winds on the beam, with reefed jib, main and mizzen, sometimes doing 'hull speed' of 8.3 knots. Looking at the Navionics chartplotter, Sue noticed an 'x' a couple miles off Punta Guiones, entitled 'BREAKERS'. When we were close to this spot, we saw a long stretch of calm sea with white horses (rough water) on either side of the calm area. We were between the shallows of the shoreline, and this long calm stretch. But we thought we could skirt the problem on the shoreline side. As we continued on south, we realized this calm stretch was 1-2 miles long, and that it was getting closer to shore. Oh, and there was no current which surprised us, because we had been experiencing current through the day. So we approached the calm area in 200+ feet of depth. But in 10 seconds, we went from 200+ to 19 feet before making a sharp turn retreating into the rougher water inside. It was obvious we needed to do a '180', head north, get outside this calm area and then turn south again much further offshore. A mega yacht was approaching the area, and I raised them on VHF radio, letting them know about the danger. Much obliged they turned out, and we went south about 3.3 miles off the point in a northerly current of 1.5-2.0 knots against us. There was some underwater structure that had built up over time around the point. This structure had not been charted. But it was controlling the current around the point. We were grateful to have dealt with this navigation hazard, and were relieved to be on our way safely south.
Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Summer 2021 finds us buddy-boating with Ken and Ruth on sv Misty Blue in the San Juan Islands, WA and Puget Sound. Vaccinated, we are waiting expectantly for COVID to subside, and Canada to open their Border to boaters once again. Cheers to all!
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