From August 15 to August 18 we traveled to Newport Oregon. Winds were light and often from the south. Therefore, we motor sailed much of the time. Highlights included a pod of 6-12 humpback whales who escorted us down the coast for over an hour. Three days out, we received weather forecasts indicating gale force winds by Monday and Tuesday off Coos Bay and parts south. We decided to come in to Newport and wait for the storm to pass.
Joining us for the trip south:
Elena Leonard, a licensed captain and instructor with Eulalie at Windworks.
Brad Bagshaw, who Eulalie helped sail from Seattle to French Polynesia and back in 200-2009.
By mid afternoon on August 15, we were in off Port Townsend, where we met Discovery, behind us in the fog.
August 16, sunrise entering Neah Bay on the Olympic Peninsula
Discovery entering Neah Bay at sunrise
The fishing fleet at Neah Bay
After topping off our fuel tanks in Neah Bay, we headed out the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Here we are approaching Cape Flattery and the turn south in Pacific
The sealions waved farewell as we headed south into the Pacific
Captain Eulalie honoring Neptune from a special flask
Captain Eulalie fortifying herself from same flask
An important part of our watch was to look out for cargo and other vessels.
Our position off the Washington Coast on the morning of August 17
Our position off the Oregon Coast, the morning of August 18
Sunrise August 18
Fishing fleet off Newport Oregon
The entrance to Newport
Other southbound Seattle vessels are also waiting for more favorable weather off California
Elizabeth Jean in Newport Marina