Wilparina - Go With the Wind

Sailing the Salish Sea

08 July 2014 | Orcas Island, Washington
21 June 2014 | On Dry Land
14 June 2014 | West Sound, Orcas Island
13 June 2014 | West Sound, Orcas Island, Washington
08 June 2014 | Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington
06 June 2014 | Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington
03 June 2014 | Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington
22 May 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
17 May 2014 | St. Helens, Oregon
28 April 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
09 March 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
04 April 2012 | In the Marina
08 March 2012 | Same ol' Marina
12 February 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
05 February 2012 | Same ol' Marina
17 January 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
08 January 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
02 January 2012 | Same ol' Marina
30 November 2011 | Slip 40
29 November 2011 | Slip 40

Return To Portland

21 June 2014 | On Dry Land
Kathleen and I drove home to Portland yesterday. I'd spent over three weeks away. As we drove south on I-5, passing some of the stretches of the Columbia River that we'd navigated back on May 28th, it seemed like a year ago. My biggest concern then was getting across the Columbia Bar. That turned out to be a relatively easy part of the journey; it was the next 40 hours that were challenging as we battled 20+ knot head winds and six-foot swells. Not that the Bar isn't dangerous. I just read this morning that a 26 foot fishing boat capsized yesterday. Sadly, one died, but six were rescued by another boat that was following them into port.

I woke up this morning, and for a brief moment, I thought I was back on Wilparina. I even had a dream about her last night. I still have that lingering feeling of the slight rocking of a boat on calm waters. I realize that I kind of miss being there. Waking up here in Portland is nice, and the luxuries of being home are comforting. We have some birds singing out our window; and in the background I can hear the white-noise hum of the I-5 freeway a quarter mile away. Waking on the boat in Orcas however - even in our marina - I hear what to my unaccustomed ear seems like an endless assortment of birds, and the only traffic I hear is the occasional car or truck passing along the road that skirts the White Beach Bay, in West Sound on Orcas.

On the road trip south, I towed a large, empty sailboat trailer for one of the owners of the West Sound Marina. Delivered it without any problems.

I'll be returning to Orcas on July 4th or 5th, and will continue with some maintenance, including a haul-out later in the month to get new bottom paint and replace the anodes. Will also have a few friends visiting, so there will be some new adventures ahead.
Vessel Name: Wilparina
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 37 Cutter
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon
Crew: Doug and Kathleen Verigin
Kathleen and Doug bought Wilparina in April of 2011 with a vision of accomplishing some long-distance cruising. It's taken over three years, and the project was almost abandoned, but at last, the boat is sailing again. Here's a journal of our adventures. [...]

Wilparina Sailing Again

Who: Doug and Kathleen Verigin
Port: Portland, Oregon