2011-02-19 Port Angeles to Neah Bay
It was a great cruise from Port Angeles to Neah Bay. Lou Reynolds crewed for us and we left early in the morning with clear skies and a slight breeze. During the day, the wind increased and the waves got bigger. As we started getting close to the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, we started feeling the ocean swell which was about 3-4 feet including the wind waves. Saw lots of ships coming into the Puget Sound. The boat handled beautifully in the big waves and we had no problems the entire way.
Unfortunately, Tiramisu was missing when we got to Neah Bay. Shortly after leaving Port Angeles, she ran into the Pilot House from outside and down into the Salon. Never saw her after that. Since she was inside the boat, we know she didn’t fall overboard, so she must be someplace inside the boat; but we can’t find her. There are lots of places for her to hide, but some of them are safe. Not sure what panicked her, but it could be that she didn’t know Lou was on board and freaked out when she saw him. I say that only because I know she’s always afraid of other people and she darted in right after Lou went out on to the back deck. I hope she shows up in the next few days, as I’m heading back to Bothell, by car, on Sunday night.
Following is our log for the trip:
7:54 – Preparing to leave. Completing Departure Checklist
Weather Forecast at 2/20/2011 4:55 PM
Hazardous marine condition(s):
Synopsis…HIGH PRES OVER BRITISH COLUMBIA WILL GIVE NORTHEAST FLOW TODAY. A WEATHER SYSTEM WILL MOVE SOUTH JUST OFFSHORE SUN. A STRONGER WEATHER SYSTEM WILL REACH THE AREA TUE…WITH THE FLOW TURNING ONSHORE AGAIN ON WED.
Today: NNE wind 6 to 11 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt. Sunny. Wind waves 1 ft or less.
Tonight: SW wind 7 to 12 kt. Mostly clear. Wind waves 1 to 2 ft.
0833 Leave Dock
0904 Passed turning pin to Port Angeles
0914 Passed Juan de Fuca Lighted buoy
1139 Pillar Point
1410 Enter Neah Bay
1454 Tied up at the dock