Radiance Moves South! (a little), and gets a new neighbor
26 November 2006 | Coos Bay, OR 43'20.79 N 124'19.24 W
We actually moved the boat south!!! Even if it was only 25 nautical miles.
Yesterday, the sun arose on a promising day. NOAA forecasted NW winds at 10 knots, and a decreasing ocean swell of 6 to 8 ft, down from the 15 ft swells of last week. However…and this is a big however… the river bar was still closed to vessels 40' and under; (we're 37).
Steen had driven out to the lighthouse to have a look at the bar himself. He thought it looked pretty good, and wanted me to see it too. We took our coffee, and met our local friend Dan out at the Coast Guard lookout tower. We all hummed and hawed, scratching our chins. Radiance could definitely handle those swells, but we were not willing to go against the Coast Guard. We all agreed it would be foolish to cross unless the vessel restrictions were lifted. Anyway, Radiance was still pretty messy, and our stuff wasn't exactly stowed for a voyage.
We all headed back to the boat and turned on the VHF radio. Bar reports came in about every 20 minutes. "Bar closed to vessels 40' and under..."
Alright, well, big sigh. Looks like we're not going this time. Dan left, saying he'd see us later. We went below to have some lunch. About two bites into our sandwiches, the bar report blares..."bar restricted to all vessels 26' and under..."!
"26 and under? Holy Cow! Throw all the stuff in the v-berth and let's go!
About 30 minutes later we pulled out of our slip, passed a few local fishing boats, and headed for the Umpqua River Bar. Of course, in the excitement, we forgot to take our seasick medication. More on that later…
Until we write the next entry, we are glad to report we are safe and sound in the Charleston Marina near Coos Bay, OR... and we have a lovely new neighbor; a huge soft-eyed sea lion, making it's home on the dock about 3 feet away from our cockpit. You never know what the next day will bring.