Helios Aweigh

Sailing in the Salish Sea of Washington and British Columbia

21 July 2018 | North Harbor Diesel
13 July 2018 | Des Moines Marina
10 June 2018 | North Tacoma
29 July 2016 | Turtle Bay, Inner Broken Islands group, Barkley Sound, British Columbia
04 January 2016 | Wollochet Bay outstation
12 October 2015 | TYC Wollochet Outstation
26 March 2015 | Tacoma
09 August 2014 | Pender Harbour
30 June 2014 | TYC Wollochet Outstation
22 June 2014 | Tacoma
16 June 2014 | Public dock Gig Harbor
11 June 2014 | Tacoma & Bainbridge Island
11 June 2014 | Breakwater Marina
20 April 2014 | TYC Wollochet Outstation
08 April 2014 | Poulsbo
07 April 2014 | Poulsbo, WA
29 March 2014 | Tacoma, WA

A Wollochet Weekend

20 April 2014 | TYC Wollochet Outstation
Bruce Kilen - Sun-Rain-Sun
We decided to run away from home for the weekend. I took Helios over to the TYC outstation at Wollochet. I left around noon on Friday and Linda was driving over later. There wasn’t any wind and there was 4 knot ebb current against me, so I used all the tricks to limit its effect and transited the 9.2 miles in 90 minutes. There were no boats at the dock, now that Lester and Linda have moved to Delin docks in Tacoma. There was a minus 1.5 ft tide for the next couple of days, so I tied up on the inside at the end of the dock, which has enough room for Helios under those conditions. I got out the hose and washed down Helios, and the dock. The birds have taken over without someone there all of the time. John and Carol Dorsey arrived at the same time as Linda, and we got them tied up opposite Helios. John told me that there was going to be a gathering of past commodores that were in office around Don Patterson. Don has cancer and wanted a get together. By the early afternoon on Saturday they had all arrived, Don & Stella, Steve & Deanna Keller, Roger & Sue Williams, Alan & Becky Rencowski, Walt & Leslie Burton (drove over). A new member, Jon Jones and his wife Laura also decided to spend the weekend at Wollochet. Saturday was pretty much of a rainout, but Sunday had a beautiful sunrise, and sun most of the day. Linda helped untied Helios and I headed out around 2. I was about 1 mile from Breakwater when the U.S. Coast Guard pulled alongside for an inspection. Everything was in order and I’m good for the next 6 months. Linda came down to help tie Helios up in her slip and we were home by 4:30.
Vessel Name: Helios
Vessel Make/Model: 2008 Manta MkIV 42' catamaran
Hailing Port: Tacoma, WA
Crew: Bruce & Linda Kilen
About: We were born and raised in the State of Washington, and worked in the banking field. Bruce bought his first sailboat in the early 80's and is currently sailing his 4th. He has a 50 ton Captain's License. They met in 1997, married in 1999. They had Helios built as their retirement boat.
Extra: We sail in Washington and British Columbia. In a couple of years we will sail to Alaska and continue to explore British Columbia north of Vancouver Island www.heliosaweigh.com (our website)
Helios's Photos - Main
4 Photos
Created 14 June 2018
Wollochet Outstation
2 Photos
Created 17 January 2016
At Citadel Marine in Tacoma for bottom paint and repairs.
7 Photos
Created 26 June 2014
Paxton (grandson) & Vern with Grandpa in Poulsbo
5 Photos
Created 26 June 2014
Sailing Rally from TYC to Wollochet Outstation
2 Photos
Created 21 June 2014