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Old 08-08-2009, 18:00   #91
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Hey Geoff,

How was the sail from gulf islands to Neah Bay? Rough beat as always? How long did it take ya?
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Old 08-08-2009, 19:09   #92
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Hey Eric,good to hear from you.We did a loop up to Hornby,back to False Creek to pick up new main(love the new North sail),and down to Victoria,good winds,really hot,motor also got some use.Across the Juan De Fuca was a little bumpy out of Vic.,then smoothed out into Port Angeles.Today we motored all the way to Neah Bay in complete calm,some fog and drizzle.Nice to have radar,many small boats catching many jumping salmon.Looks like mid week winds will be suitable to head out.Will keep in touch,enjoy your Hughes;Geoff& Fiona
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:54   #93
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In Neah Bay

We also motored to Neah Bay yesterday. Got in late last night. Couldn't resist the coho jumping off Race Rocks so caught two salmon and had dolphins swimming off the bow on two occasions. Juan de Fuca didn't live up to its reputation.
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Right behind you waterdog,we are pulling out in the morning.
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Made it to Port Orford,nonstop from Neah Bay,dense fog at Cape Flattery,mostly motoring.Gale whipped up today,got into Nellies Bay(really nice),good shelter from NW winds.Only problem was a temporary Raymarine seatalk (sea confusion)crash between autopilot,and C(crash!) 80 plotter(possibly caused by similtaneous running ais garmin gps conflict?)course over ground and groundspeed readings (16 knots!,30 degrees out)way out of wack after using "go to" function.Not sure what happened,3 nights with very little sleep added to confusion.Lesson learned:don't use "go to "for autopilot.Gotta love long distance wifi.
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Congrats, folx! Just got back from the north end, and playing catch up. Best of luck on the coast run!
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Good to hear from you High Seas. Hope all is well for the rest of the trip. If a surmountable problem with your GPS and autopilot communicaton is all that you get then you are going to have a fabulous trip.
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The boat "Mariposa" from Port Townsend , just pulled in to the anchorage.They left the day after us,must have got hammered today.Will go see how they made out.Looks like winds let up by tuesday.Cape Blanco landfall was not a good place to have nav. issues,noticed problem just before we were to head inshore at 6 a.m.
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Pretty harsh out there today,hope other southbound sailors are safe.
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What kind of winds have you experienced off the coast so far? Seas? How far offshore have you been saying?

Great job so far! Pretty sweet that you can keep us updated via wifi!!
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Hi guy,all is well down here,75 degrees and sunny,really scenic coastline.Huge winds outside the shelter of the point we are anchored behind.(30 to 40 knots).Waiting till mid week to go further.Got in just after winds blew up.Not alot of wind till now,boat is working well.Stayed about 40 miles out,some fog.Paying close attention to latest forecasts is vital to survival out there.More later.
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Oh yeah,never held the steering wheel till the last 2 hours,autopilot was a dream!
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Looks good for transiting Juan De Fuca next week,not so good for southbound down coast.I'm sure things will change by then though,if not will be waiting at Neah Bay.
I'll be at Neah Bay waiting next week too (21st/22nd).

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Just remember you can't count on forecast beyond 3 to 4 days,things can change from worse to disasterous in a hurry out here!Today winds reached 45knots in the shelter of Port Orford,just imagine sea conditions at those windspeeds.We are departing for San Fran. on tuesday,with perfect conditions for transiting the ill famed Cape Mendocino,then hopefully into friendlier waters.Kind of wondering what happened to other two boats heading south we were in touch with last week.
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Takes time, and wondering...

Who knows, Highseas, maybe the two boats tucked in further down the coast, or carried on under shortened sail and will be waiting with cold drinks in CA.

But I've been wondering why everyone stops in Neah Bay to wait out the weather. It seems to me that Tofino or Uclulet have more to offer while waiting for a favourable weather window - grocers, restaurants, pubs, etc. Generally quicker out to open water, too. Well, maybe not Tofino...
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