06 August 2007
Today we set out from Zeballos at 0800 in order to take advantage of the ebb. There was no wind at all for the first hour. Then we rounded a corner, and there was a nice, easy 10 knots. We practiced tacking for a couple of hours because, of course, we were sailing to windward going back down the inlet. It was fun, though, and even Märzen the downwind sailor dog seemed to enjoy it. We got pretty good at getting the jib across the inner forestay on our tacks. John had already mastered the technique with gibes on the way up the inlet. Even with the tacking - and a stop to try to catch a fish for lunch - we made good time and got back to Queen Cove about noon.
The crab pot made up for the failure to catch a fish. It had a Dungeness and a large rock crab. We had hotdogs for lunch, but we're having crab for dinner tomorrow night, even if John does catch a halibut on the way to Friendly Cove.
I've named the route for tomorrow "Friendly Cove," but we may anchor in Burdwood Cove instead. Friendly Cove sounds like a bit of a rip off. The Indians charge you to come ashore there, and the dock doesn't look like it's in the best shape. I guess the friendliness has a price these days.
Queen Cove is filling up with sailboats. Kansei came in a couple of hours ago, Jaga showed up about a half hour ago, and there's another one (Water Lily) coming in now. We haven't met Water Lily, but for awhile it was a Kyuquot reunion.