Voyages North

22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Juneau to Funter Bay. June 30, 2011

18 July 2011 | posted at Sitka
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Refuge Cove in Funter Bay

The waters of Lynn Canal darkened as a fresh breeze roughened the water. Did we finally have enough wind to sail? We had left Juneau that morning with friends Karen and Dave aboard, first motoring south down Gastineau Channel against a light headwind, then sailing north up Stephens Passage with the wind behind, then motoring around Point Retreat before heading south down Lynn Canal as the wind died to nothing. Now we had wind but would it last? “Is this normal?” asked Karen as she helped roll out the jib for what must have been the tenth time that day. “Yes,” I had to answer.

But soon we were reefing the main and partially furling the jib as almost 30 knots of cold wind sent Osprey heeling and water washing across the deck. We were all tired after a long day of sailing and now it seemed like it was taking forever to reach the entrance to Funter Bay as we first tacked east, then west, then east again. But finally we cleared the Kitten Islands, let out the sails and flew into Funter Bay.

The dock in Refuge Cove was full so we anchored off. Sunlight bounced off the water as the wind died once again to nothing. We sat in the cockpit enjoying the peace with our wine and cheese. Then, just as I was thinking it was time to go below and make dinner, a complete half-circle of a rainbow appeared in the sky over Admiralty Island.

I went to bed that night thinking we were in a quiet anchorage. I woke up at 2 am with the wind howling in the rigging and first swinging us one way then another. We’d have a brisk sail tomorrow I thought.

In the morning the wind was still howling. We raised anchor, then hoisted sail, scudding out the bay.

“That’s odd,” I said, pointing at the water ahead. Light colored streaks told me it was calm in Lynn Canal even as the wind still blew in Funter Bay. We’d just experienced the williwaws of Funter Bay.
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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