I have always been a fan of taking a cruise
in November. The admiral gave me an opening for a trip down to Seattle
for a dinner out with friends so I jumped on it. I re-arranged all of Idora's onboard gear
for cold weather
and we headed out to give it a try. The weather forecast
was tracking okay so we elected to anchor
out the first night in Kingston. There were slips available in the marina but all have pilings or the power box in a position that would interfere with Idora's bow sprit. All others were too short. It got down to 38F that night and the wind
got up to 25kts during frontal passage
. In the morning I enjoyed watching the nylon shock line on the anchor rode
stretching a good 3 to 4 inches as the waves passed by.
Not much sleep that night due to anchor watch but morning coffee was a treat. We lumped our way across to Shilshole and ended up with a great slip on the new guest dock
. Did the dishes and this one had a nap. Dinner out was at an excellent Greek place and all were pleased.
The trip home was a accompanied by a nice ebb and lovely low clouds and mist. Lots of sport salmon fishing
going on so the radar
was a great help.
Stiff and sore (in front of the fire) as I write this but what a welcome change from being house bound as winter closes in.
I saw quite a few other sailing vessels doing the same as us. Anyone else get out?