Crossing the Juan deFuca Straight

Crossing the Juan deFuca Straight
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Hunter Bay proved to be a peaceful place for the work week. Well sheltered, our boat barely moved all week no matter what the wind was doing just outside the bay, but we were ready to move on. Saturday was advertised as no-wind and drizzle, while Sunday was partly cloudy with good wind speed and direction. So we decided to do our crossing of the Juan deFuca Straight on Sunday, following a rare ‘do nothing’ day. In fact, with the forecast 15-20 knots of westerly wind and damn perfect timing with the tidal currents, we expected to sail at record speeds over our 30 mile route.

Navigating Lopez Pass starts our day of sailing

Green: planned route. Red: actual route

The wind in the Puget Sound, however, likes to play games. If there is one guarantee in a sailor’s day here, it is that the wind will do that one exact thing that you were hoping it would not, no matter the forecast. This day would be no different. As we motored out of Lopez Pass and int.... Continue Reading at Road To The Sea

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