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

Rounding Cape Caution. August 20, 2013.

24 August 2013 | posted at Shawl Bay
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: A northbound sailboat off Cape Caution

I dreaded rounding Cape Caution for several days before. Each evening as we planned for our next day, we listened to the weather forecast and heard SE winds. Sometimes it was 15-25, sometimes 20-30. In Fitz Hugh Sound where we were, that wasn't too bad as we were in protected water, but I wasn't looking forward to a bash to windward in the open ocean. Unfortunately, the long term weather forecast was for more of the same and we couldn't wait.

We anchored at Millbrook Cove in Smith Sound, the night before. The weather forecast was SE 10-20. That sounded as good as we could expect: from the wrong direction but light.

As with so many things, the actual trip was almost an anticlimax. The swells were even, if a bit high, but the wind was light as promised. We motored all the way, even taking a side trip into Slingsby Channel, then down Schooner Channel (not to be confused with Schooner Passage farther north), finally anchoring for the night in Skull Cove.
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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