where is the wind?
06 July 2012 | Off Washington Coast
Here we sit with the White Peaks of the Olympic Mountains 3 points off the port bow. This is not where we were hoping to be today but agree the company we're keeping and occasional visits from wildlife are pleasant enough for us to withstand the drifting. We have a pet shark who has been following us for some time and Laurence, Mark and Bill saw a whale breach five times earlier this morning only a few boat lengths away.
Yesterday was the start of the Vic-Maui Race, an event that has brought Radiance three additional crew members including Benjamin (Laurence's brother), me Becky (friend of the family), and Bill Barnes (longtime friend of Mark's). It was a beautiful day of sailing with the wind on the nose through the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Ballymack (one of our competitors) seems to have motored through most, or all, of the Strait but we managed to keep ours to less than 2 hours. For every hour we motor we add 2.5 hours to our overall time.
At Cape Flattery the breeze completely died and we are sitting in an unusual high pressure system stalled off the coast of Washington. We're waiting for a northwest breeze to fill in and hoping to make up for some lost time today. Mark is at the helm, Benjamin is filling out the log book, Bill is trying to catch some shut eye, and Laurence and I will start our watch together shortly. It seems everyone is finally decompressing from the flurry of activity leading up to our departure and the drifting has sparked some serious giggling.
If you want to check our course, you can find a link to Yacht Tracker on www.vicmaui.org