2011-02-19 Neah Bay

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):


Small Craft Advisory


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.

Crew:

Rick Andrews
Aihua Andrews
Lou Reynolds

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

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Still in Port Angeles

We are still sitting in Port Angeles waiting for good weather.  Unfortunately, we were surprised with good weather today, but not ready to go.  Looking like Saturday to finish our cruise to Neah Bay.

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2011-02-13 – Leave Oak Harbor, Try 2

0627 2011-02-13 – Leave Oak Harbor

Here we go again. Planning to leave the dock at 0700. Weather is much better. Here’s this morning’s forecast from NOAA:

Weather forecast at 0710 2011-02-13

Hazardous marine condition(s):


Small Craft Advisory


Synopsis…A WEAK SURFACE RIDGE WILL BUILD BRIEFLY OVER W WA TODAY. EAST TO SOUTHEAST FLOW WILL INCREASE TONIGHT AS A WARM FRONT MOVES N ACROSS THE AREA. A SURFACE LOW WILL MOVE NORTHWARD OFFSHORE MONDAY…FOLLOWING THE WARM FRONT…AND MAY GENERATE GALES OVER THE COASTAL AND NORTH INLAND WATERS. A SECOND SURFACE LOW WILL AFFECT THE AREA MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY.


Today…S wind 5 to 15 kt…rising to 10 to 20 kt in the afternoon. wind waves 1 to 3 ft. Chance of rain.
Tonight…SE wind 10 to 20 kt rising to 20 to 30 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft building to 3 to 5 ft. Chance of rain.
Mon…SE wind 25 to 35 kt. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft. Chance of rain in the morning…then rain in the afternoon.
Mon Night…S wind 20 to 30 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft.
Tue…S wind 15 to 25 kt…becoming E 10 to 20 kt in the evening. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.
Wed…S wind 10 to 20 kt after midnight…becoming S 10 kt…then becoming W in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft…subsiding to 1 ft.
Thu…Light wind becoming NW 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 ft or less.

Winds look good all day today

Slack Tide at Deception Pass will be at 0956 Sunday Morning. We need to leave Oak Harbor at 0700 at the latest to get there in time.

Crew Aboard:
Rick Andrews, Skipper
Aihua Andrews, First Mate
Aida (our dog), Foredeck doo-ty
Tiramisu (our cat), Cabin doo-ty

0705 = Left dock

0730 – Turning Pin

0815 – strawberry Point

0854 – La Conner Turning Pin

0933 – Reached Cornet Bay, floating as we wait for slack tide at Deception Pass
Check transmission coupler. All bolts are tight and in place

0953 – Deception Pass

10:19 AM – out in the strait. Small waves but we are doing a lot of rolling.

1109 – Passed Smith Island. Waves are getting bigger. Looks like 2 feet now. Some waves are rolling us pretty good causing things to slide and fall

1241 – Off shore from Sequim. The water is a lot smoother on this side of the Strait. 1 foot waves with little wind. We are about 4 miles from land, heading to Port Angeles. Aihua is quite sea sick, so we are going to put in to port at Port Angeles. It’s frustrating because I can see Cape Flattery, 60 miles to the west, but it would take us 7 hours to get there, but the next storm

1253 – Passed a tanker ship that was heading into Puget Sound. Weather is really nice. Sun is out and visibility is great, although we can see storm clouds to the SW. Can see Victoria clearly to the North. Pretty warm too; Aihua complained about being cold less than 100 times. Practically a heat wave. J The thermometer says it’s 51 degrees outside and 76 degrees inside, and we don’t have any heat turned on.

1257 – Took picture of the Dungeness spit.

1306 – Took picture of Victoria, but I think it was too far away for our camera.

1309 – Hit 10kts. Helps with a 1.3kt current going our way J

1328 – Less than 8nm to Port Angeles. Can see buildings and harbor entrance. Should be there in about 45 minutes, thanks to the current.

1401 – about 2nm to Port Angeles. Starting to feel some sea swell coming in from the Pacific.

1512 – Docked and tied up in Port Angeles. Nice docks, but there were no signs telling us where to go when we approached the marina and there didn’t appear to be much room to manuerver. Once we got inside, though, we found a long stretch of guest docks that were practically empty.

 

 

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2011-02-12 – Leave Oak Harbor

2011-02-12 – Leave Oak Harbor

Weather forecast at 2100 2011-02-11

INLAND WATERS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON AND THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL WASHINGTON COASTAL WATERS
Synopsis…SE FLOW WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING AHEAD OF A FRONTAL SYSTEM THAT WAS STILL WELL OFF TO THE NW. THIS FRONT WILL SWEEP ACROSS THE REGION SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING… RESULTING IN THE POTENTIAL FOR GALE FORCE WINDS ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA. THIS TIMING WAS SLOWER THAN PREVIOUSLY EXPECTED. ANTICIPATE THE FLOW TO BECOME LIGHT OFFSHORE ON SUNDAY AHEAD OF THE NEXT FRONTAL SYSTEM…WITH SE FLOW INCREASING ON MON.
Tonight…Light wind…becoming E 15 to 25 kt after midnight. Wind waves building to 2 to 4 ft. Rain likely.
Sat…SE wind rising to 25 to 35 kt…then becoming S late in the afternoon. Wind waves building to 4 to 6 ft. Rain…mainly in the afternoon.
Sat Night…S wind 15 to 25 kt…becoming W by midnight. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. Evening rain…then showers likely.
Sun…SW wind 5 to 15 kt…becoming SE in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less.
Sun Night…SE wind 10 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 2 ft.
Mon…SE wind 20 to 30 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft.
Tue…S wind 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft.
Wed…W wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.

Slack Tide at Deception Pass will be at 0845 Saturday Morning. We need to leave Oak Harbor at 0545 at the latest.

0957 2011-02-12: Change of plans. When we got up at 5am this morning, we discovered that the storm came in early. We had been planning to be past Strawberry Point before the winds kicked up over 20, but I was measuring gusts over 30 this morning. We would have been fine if we could have gotten through Deception Pass before the winds got strong, but navigating out of the Marina and Oak Harbor in darkness with strong winds would have been too risky, so we are staying in Oak Harbor for the day.

Fortunately, last night we moved the boat from our normal berth over to the North side of the marina (where Frank normally has his boat). With the winds blowing S, SE, the boat is being blown away from the dock, whereas, in our normal berth, we would have been blown against the dock and would never be able to get out, even in 10 kt winds. The boats are packed in pretty tight there to make room for the dredging currently going on. In our temporary location, we have clear shot out of the marina.

The wind is supposed to lighten up tonight and early tomorrow, so are plans are to try again tomorrow (or possibly later tonight) and get to Cornet Bay, just before Deception Pass.

Sunday’s slack tide at Deception Pass is at 0953. Current weather forecast looks good for us departing Sunday morning around 0700.

Here are the wind maps for today at 1000 and tomorrow at 0700. The graph at the top of each map tells you the wind speed based on color. Clearly, tomorrow looks a lot better than today:

Today at 10am (Now). Notice yellow where we are

Tomorrow at 7am

Current Weather map from NOAA is shown below:

Here is the weather forecast as of 1000 this morning. Notice it now says “Hazardous marine conditions.”

Hazardous marine condition(s):
Gale Warning
Small Craft Advisory


Synopsis…A STRONG COLD FRONT ABOUT 245 NM OFFSHORE WILL MOVE ACROSS THE COASTAL WATERS LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND THE INLAND WATERS EARLY THIS EVENING…RESULTING IN GALE FORCE WINDS ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA. EXPECT ANOTHER STRONG FRONT TO AFFECT THE REGION ON MON FOR A PERIOD OF GALE FORCE WINDS ACROSS PARTS OF THE AREA.
Today…SE wind rising to 25 to 35 kt…then becoming S in the afternoon. Wind waves building to 4 to 6 ft. Rain likely.
Tonight…S wind 25 to 35 kt…becoming W 20 to 30 kt by midnight. wind easing and becoming SW after midnight. Wind waves 3 to 6 ft… Subsiding. Evening rain…then a chance of showers.
Sun…S wind 5 to 15 kt…becoming SE in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. A chance of showers.
Sun Night…SE wind rising to 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves building to 2 to 4 ft.
Mon…SE wind 25 to 35 kt. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft.
Tue…SW wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.
Wed…W wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.

1852 2011-02-12: Looks like we may get lucky tomorrow. The latest weather forecast shows an improvement.

7am – When we leave Oak Harbor

10am – Wind picks up some

1pm – Wind dies down again

4pm – Looks good to Port Angeles

The rain forecast is also better for tomorrow. J

I will check the weather again in the morning.

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