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):
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.
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.