09 August 2010 | Port Angeles, WA
30 July 2010 | Port Angeles, WA - still
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10 July 2010 | Port Angeles, WA
08 July 2010 | Port Angeles, Wa (duh)
07 July 2010 | Victoria Harbor
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30 June 2010 | Bedwell Harbor Poet's Cove Resort
28 June 2010 | MBVIBC
27 June 2010 | Maple Bay (still) but headed up to Chemanis
25 June 2010 | Maple Bay

Safeway @ Port Townsend

22 August 2009 | Ray here
Wow! What a ride up to Port Townsend and points north! We're here though, not because it's in the plan, but because this is where we need to be to get some things done. We pushed up from Poulsbo to P.T. took us about 9 hours...arrived just about dark in 45 knots winds!!! Wild ride all the way. Off of "Point-No-Point" we encountered 6 1/2 knot counter currents that kept us hooked in-spot for over two hours as we eeked through it. Normally it takes us 2 hours to go 13 miles ( at 6 knots per hour)....well, we were down to 1 knot -per-hour...which means the same 13 miles would take 13 hours....ah but such is boating!

The Bridge Story...

Once we to to Port Townsend there is a channel between Maristone Island and the Peninsula that has a bridge that is 57ft 7inches tall max!...we are 51 feet plus antennas (55ft total)...but at high tide there is some question about making it...we slid underneath in a 15 foot wide, 13 foot deep channel in 30 knot winds!!! Never again!

Yes we made it only to pop out the other side into the winds from hell @ 40 gusting to 45 knots! We came in, found the entrance at the last minute...chugged on down and ran into the dock trying to dock in the wind. We lost a running light cover just trying to rope the boat down.

Here at last...
So we're here...but it's so bad out on the Straight that we've decided to shut down here for a while and get some work done...maybe even a month or more...depending. We're having to make decisions about fuel tank replacement and some other critical things.

Willow and Jillian have been great to have along! Willow has even had to go up the Mizzen mast and re-secure the wind generator!! What a trooper and seaman (seawoman? seaperson?...deckhand and Jillian (who is quick to remind us that we dropped something when I pulled out and yanked the power box out by the dink! HA!....anyway she has turned out to be quite the little sailor too and managed to entertain herself for two long 10 hour runs! She even piloted the boat for several hours...(and I mean hours! Not bad for a 7 year old!!) Looks like we're going to have some more sail time with them as we may not leave now until later in September.

I'll keep posting as we move along.

Ray
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Vessel Name: Pure Joy
Vessel Make/Model: Islander Freeport 41
Hailing Port: Seattle, Washington USA
Crew: Co-Captains Ray and Sandy
About:
Retired July '09. This is our second sailboat together. Before, Sandy had a Morgan '38 which she sailed from Port Angeles around Puget Sound. Sandy has motored to Mexico in the 70's...and lived and worked on her own boat for 3 years in Alaska. [...]
Extra: We are happy to report we are actually doing exactly what we really really really really really want to do...(short of winning the lottery of couse :)...in any case...it's PURE JOY! HF Contact: KF7IDH
Pure Joy's Photos - Main
Pictures upon arrival in Port Angeles
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Created 8 July 2010
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Created 21 June 2010
Finally getting pictures and albums started...apologize for the delay.
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Created 14 June 2010
1 Photo | 1 Sub-Album
Created 31 May 2009

Sailing the Dream

Who: Co-Captains Ray and Sandy
Port: Seattle, Washington USA