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

Pillar Point to Ucluelet. July 2, 2016.

08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Swells in the Pacific Ocean off Bonilla Point.

I braced myself against Osprey’s cockpit combing, trying to get a photo of Bonilla Point lighthouse. But as I clicked the shutter, a wave reared up to starboard, obscuring the lighthouse. Osprey rolled and lurched in the short steep seas. With no wind, we had no sails up to stabilize us and Osprey rolled even more. I wanted this trip to be over.

I’d forgotten how tough it is to get to Barkley Sound. And we’d made this trip even harder by traveling during neap tides instead of spring. Without the long ebbs during the middle of the day, we had been battling adverse currents all the way. To make matters worse, we’d left a day and a half later than we had planned and then spent a day in Port Townsend waiting out 30-40 knot gales. Now for the second day in a row we had no wind but plenty of seas.

With no wind and Steve watching our course, I wedged myself in a corner under the dodger and read an Agatha Christie mystery – one of the best ways I’ve found for passing a rough day at sea.

We passed Pachena Point with its lighthouse and then Cape Beale at the entrance to Barkley Sound came into view: the last lighthouse of the day. Waves crashed on outlying rocks, sending mist into the air. I caught glimpses of the islands beyond in Barkley Sound: green tops and jagged rocks. That was something else I’d forgotten; how wild and beautiful Barkley Sound is. And that, after all, is what makes this trip worth taking.
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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