Non Sequitur

24 August 2013 | Alameda
23 August 2013 | 119 NM NW of the Golden Gate Bridge
22 August 2013 | 11 miles NW of Cape Blanco
21 August 2013 | 11 miles NW of Cape Blanco
19 August 2013 | Coos Bay, Or
18 August 2013 | 37 miles NW Coos Bay
17 August 2013 | South Beach Marina Newport, Oregon
16 August 2013 | 45 miles from Newport Oregon
15 August 2013 | West entrance Strait of Juan de Fuca
15 August 2013 | Pacific Ocean southwest of Neah Bay
14 August 2013 | Neah Bay
05 August 2013 | Mackaye Harbor
05 August 2013 | Bedwell Harbour
04 August 2013 | Poet's Cove, Bedwell Harbour
29 July 2013 | Squirrel Cove
26 July 2013 | Waddington Harbour, Bute Inlet, BC
25 July 2013 | Waddington Harbour, Bute Inlet
24 July 2013 | Big Bay, Stuart Island, BC
23 July 2013 | Teakerne Arm
22 July 2013 | Teakerne Arm

36 Miles of Fantastic Sailing

25 July 2013 | Waddington Harbour, Bute Inlet
Knowing that we couldn't leave Big Bay until 1pm at the earliest due to the timing of the slack tides at Arran Rapids, which can run up to 9 kts, we had a lazy morning. After waking up at 9:30, enjoying coffee in the cockpit with the wonderful views that Big Bay provides, we filled water, topped up the engine coolant level in the reservoir (damned thing!) and motored out to catch the 1:03p slack. We arrived just in time for the dying ebb and the beginning of the flood, which pushed us into Bute Inlet with 2 kts of current. Another sailboat was heading north from Calm Channel into the entrance of Bute Inlet with a south wind (the daily inflow up Bute Inlet) under spinnaker. The gauntlet was thrown. Up went our sails, off went the engine, and the race was on! The wind built to a steady 15-20 which made for a fantastic spinnaker run until the pole downhaul bridle parted during a jibe. I scrambled around the foredeck and with Rachelle at the helm and running spin sheets and halyards in the cockpit we quickly had the kite down, the pole stowed, and the genoa out to replace it. We lost a few kts of boat speed, but our adversary quickly wiped out during an accidental jibe from a 25kt williwaw, which convinced them it was too gusty and fluky to have the spinnaker up anyway, so they doused their spinnaker and pulled out their jib as well. We quickly pulled out front, made a covering jibe, and crossed ahead of them putting them behind us for the rest of the 36 mile sail up Bute Inlet.

Bute Inlet is a wild and uninhabited fjord with the exception of a few seasonally operated logging camps, where 6,000 ft snow capped granite peaks drop suddenly into the 2,000 ft deep waters, with glacial melt providing dramatic waterfalls and a chalky, teal (cucumber for my friends at Swedish) green coloring to the water that makes one believe that you are in an alpine lake, not at sea level. Amazingly beautiful and wild. We hope to see grizzly and have been told that you can often hear wolves. Unfortunately, there is no protected anchorages and we have heard a wide variation of reports from a strong inflow creating a very choppy anchorage all day, calming during the night with a strong and bitterly cold outflow in the mornings causing temperatures to drop into the 40's, to no wind whatsoever. Given our days current sailing, I'm guessing it will be the former.

We arrived at the head of the Inlet at about 6:pm and motored around for an hour to find the best anchoring, and found a "bay" of 50 ft depth mud bottom in the N corner of the Waddington Harbour. Rachelle had been prepping a wonderful dinner of herb roasted chicken and vegetables with a mushroom and white wine gravy that she pulled out of the oven and served as soon as the anchor was down. Between the view of Waddington Harbour at sunset and the fantastic food and wine, I give this restaurant 5 stars.
Vessel Name: Non Sequitur
Vessel Make/Model: CS 34
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA, USA
Extra: SV Non Sequitur is a 1991, fiberglass constructed 34' sailboat made in Ontario, Canada. Originally a sloop rig, during our recent refit, we added a cutter stay and running backstays primarily for the storm-jib.
Non Sequitur's Photos - Main
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Created 5 August 2013
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Our photos of the race on Hooked.
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Our 10 day sprint to Desolation Sound and back to Seattle
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Created 19 November 2009