Monthly Archives: March 2013

A note from the Albatross

At the Mahina Cruising Seminar the Neals mentioned a great organization that is counting sea birds.  Its Facebook page is listed under web blogs as SeaBC.  Check it out.

Constant and Enduring Albatross

Elizabeth Jean albatross

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Mahina Offshore Cruising Seminar


After hearing John and Amanda Neal  speak at the Seattle Boat show several times, we decided to take their full day cruising seminar in Seattle



The Neals are big on check lists for everything and the seminar was well organized and full of useful information


Mon Mechanic, on Amanda’s right, joined the presentation regarding working with your partner to become an effective team.  If you look closely at the slide in the background you will see that it suggests that we address our “fears and doubts.”  As our countdown shortens we remind ourselves of this suggestion regularly

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2012 summer shakedown cruise

We departed Shilshole Marina on July 1 and entered Victoria, British Columbia on July 3.  Enroute we stopped in Penn Cove, Lopez Island and Roche Harbor on San Juan Island.  We stopped at Sooke Harbor and had a long day motoring to Bamfield Inlet.  After exploring the Broken Island Group, we left Elizabeth Jean in Bamfield and traveled by shuttle, ferry and plane to visit our daughters in Manhattan.  Plane, clipper and shuttle returned us to Bamfield.  25-30 knot winds swept us back into the straits and we sought harbor at Sooke to weather the storm.  Sunny skies and a pod of Orca whales greeted us off Cattle Pass on our return to the San Juans.   Eulalie hung out at Friday Harbor and Bellingham while Eric commuted to Seattle for work.  A visit to Lopez Island and our favorite moorage off the Ferron’s house allowed us to clean up.  Finally, at  Port Ludlow, we attended the 2012 Perry Rendezvous, a gathering of vessels designed by Bob Perry.


Porpoise in front of Victoria information center


Orca topiary near the Empress Hotel


Street lamp flowers with Empress Hotel in the background.  Stayed in Victoria until July 9.  Left for Barclay Sound but turned back after passing Race Rocks and running into strong currents; spent the night at Esquimault Harbor

Sooke Harbor 1

July 10, left Esquimault Harbor near Victoria and arrived Sooke Harbor

Sooke Harbor 2

Sooke Harbor marina driftwood salmon


July 12, Bamfield Inlet in Barclay Sound.

Barclay Sound 1

July 13, anchored off Reeks Island

Barclay Sound 2

July 13, anchored off Reeks Island


July 13, sunset over  Big Rock at Reeks Island

Barclay Sound 4

July 14, Elizabeth Jean anchored between Brabant Island and Mense Island, with Schooner (see vessel personalities) in the fore ground

Barclay Sound 3

Rock fish trap on Brabant Island


July 15, Joe’s Bay at Dodd Island

Elizabeth Jean Broken Islands

July 15, anchored in Effingham Bay


Effingham Bay


July 15, sunset in Effingham Bay

Elizabeth Jean Broken Group Wolf Sign

July 16, day hike on Effingham Island


Effingham Island

Elizabeth Jean Shuttle to and from Victoria to Barclay Sound

July 17, traveled by shuttle through logging roads near Bamfield, through Port Renfrew and Sooke Harbor, to end up in Victoria.  We took the Victoria Clipper to Seattle and then flew to New York City.

Elizabeth Jean Near Port Renfrew

Near Port Renfrew.  The shuttle stops here for a break

Eliabeth Jean Statute of Liberty from Staten Island Ferry

Statue of Liberty from Staten Island Ferry during quick trip to visit the real Elizabeth and Jean


Jean and Beth in Central Park

Elizabeth Jean Entering the Straits

July 26, entering the Straits of Juan de Fuca with  25+ knots of wind

Elizabeth Jean Swells In the Straits

Swells in the Straits

Elizabeth Jean Sooke Harbor Return

July 27, Layover in Sooke Harbor waiting out gale force winds in Straits

Elizabeth Jean Sooke Harbor Wind

Wind in Sooke Harbor


July 28, Straits of Juan de Fuca, approaching Cattle Pass between Lopez and San Juan Islands

Elizabeth Jean Friday Harbor

July 28, Friday Harbor on San Juan Island

Elizabeth Jean Friday Harbor 2

Friday Harbor Marina

Elizabeth Jean Friday Harbor Ferry

Friday Harbor ferry from Elizabeth Jean’s cockpit

Elizabeth Jean and Ferron's house

August 4, San Juan Channel On Ferron’s mooring ball

Elizabeth Jean Lopez sun at mast

August 4, San Juan Channel from Ferron’s deck

Elizabeth Jean off Lopez 2

Elizabeth Jean Lopez 3

Elizabeth Jean Lal and Neil

August 5, Day sail with Ferron family


Ferron day sail

Elizabeth Jean Hidden Cove2

August 16-17, Elizabeth Jean in Mystery Bay near Port Townsend, Washington

Elizabeth Jean Hidden Cove Classic Cat

Classic cat in Mystery Cove

Elizabeth Jean Hidden Cove classic wooden boat

Mystery Bay classic

Elizabeth Jean Hidden Cove 1

Another Mystery Bay Classic

Elizabeth Jean Port Ludlow Perry Rendezvous

August 18, Port Ludlow sunset before Perry Rendezvous.  The Rendezvous provided an opportunity to meet other Passport 40 and Perry design owners and was a great way to conclude our summer shakedown.  We returned to Shilshole Marina in Seattle on August 20.

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