Voyages North

03 June 2018
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

Whitewater Bay, Chathan Strait. July 22, 2011.

03 August 2011 | Sitka, posted at Metlakatla
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Whitewater Bay, Admiralty Island.

With two reefs in the main and our new roller furling jib rolled in to the second green dot, Osprey heeled sharply as spray flew over our bow.

We were tacking south down Chatham Straits, hoping to make it to Warm Springs Bay. The weather forecast had called for 15 knots; we had 35 knots. Then the wind increased to 40. Although the boat and sails were doing fine, our dinghy behind us was not. It first slewed to one side, then the other. And we knew it could flip at those wind speeds.

We looked at the chart. We were heading across Chatham Strait right for a bay none of us had ever heard of: Whitewater Bay on Admiralty Island. But the chart promised an easy entrance, protection from SE winds, water shallow enough for anchoring and a river to explore.

We anchored off a broad marsh surrounded by mountains. We soon had the outboard on the dinghy and were motoring up river on a rising tide. The river widened into a lagoon. Seals dove around us. A family of Mergansers paddled by. Then a fish jumped, and another and another. I looked over the side to see a whole school of salmon swimming under the dinghy.

We’d discovered a beautiful anchorage because of a bad weather forecast.

The next morning the wind was flat calm and we motored all the way to Warm Springs 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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