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Old 30-05-2013, 10:09   #31
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Re: Seattle to portland in July singlehanded.

That makes it sound like it is hell out there. Well it isn't, at least some of the time. It helps to have salt in your veins and pay attention to the weather- I mean really pay attention because your life may depend on it. I love the bank because my ego gets handed to me on a silver platter all the time. But it is an acquired taste.
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Old 30-05-2013, 10:16   #32
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Re: Seattle to portland in July singlehanded.

On the positive side, there is a rally going down in Aug. It's the Coho Ho Ho, which actually extends to San Diego.

BUT, your boat/crew does not qualify to enter as a member. But it would be a the best time to be out there knowing that there will be lots of other boats. You can monitor the radio conversations to know conditions. I hope to be part of the rally this year.

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Old 30-05-2013, 23:09   #33
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Re: Seattle to portland in July singlehanded.

I will keep practicing and entering further and further out this summer and see where I'm at later. It would t be a bad idea to get some experience crewin on someone else's boat. I just need some wind. I'm having in and learning alot but there's no wind up here.
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Old 31-05-2013, 08:47   #34
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Re: Seattle to portland in July singlehanded.

Good plan, NOB... the more miles and experience you get out the in the straits, the more skills you develop and the more confidence you will have in yourself and your boat. That's how we all learned and you are doing it in a picturesque and varied marine enviroment.
Keep at it and you will do fine... cheers, Phil
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Re: Seattle to portland in July singlehanded.

I would also recommend (if you think your skills are good enough) heading out into the sound when there small craft advisories to get an idea of how your boat handles when its blowing like crazy. Heave to, tacking, chicken gybing, getting around on deck and equipment testing.
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Re: Seattle to portland in July singlehanded.

I think NOB got the message, he started a thread on how to heave too. Another young sailor heading out in the right direction
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Re: Seattle to portland in July singlehanded.

Newt..+1... A few overnighters out to Neah Bay and sticking his nose out across to Cape Beale and maybe Barclay Sound would be a good warm up for him. Cape Flattery can be pretty rough at any time of the year. Even leaving the boat in Neah Bay and hiking out to the Cape to observe what is going on isn't a bad idea if weather is clear. Forgot to mention that cutting inside of Tatoosh Island is not recommended although I've trolled in that area around the kelp beds. Phil
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Re: Seattle to portland in July singlehanded.

Good point Capt. If your trying to round Cape Flattery on sail, I always go North of Tatoosh, the currents and wind changes there are bad juju. I just follow the nav aids- got to figure they were put there by someone smarter than me.
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I would also recommend (if you think your skills are good enough) heading out into the sound when there small craft advisories to get an idea of how your boat handles when its blowing like crazy. Heave to, tacking, chicken gybing, getting around on deck and equipment testing.
Did exactly that two days ago. Didn't look To be too strong either but they I'd hve a small craft out for all of Juan de Fuca. Wind was blowing all night and morning. Then I left. 0. No I take that back. Maybe 1. I spent all day motoring.
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Re: Seattle to portland in July singlehanded.

Ya gotta go at night No wait, learn how to heave too in your boat first.>
Don't worry, the wind is there, its just waiting til your not looking....
I took the weather at its face value one night- Small craft advisory with near gale, subsiding after midnight. Well I hit the strait from Rosario at 0100 thinking how smart I was, and had whitewater over the bow and sick crew until morning. Thank goodness my boat can claw off a lee shore, otherwise whitby shores would have been our new berth. I wanted to kiss the shores of Port Townsend and hug the docks that sheltered the bay...
So don't worry, the monster is there. He's just scoping you out right now.
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Did exactly that two days ago. Didn't look To be too strong either but they I'd hve a small craft out for all of Juan de Fuca. Wind was blowing all night and morning. Then I left. 0. No I take that back. Maybe 1. I spent all day motoring.
Shouda been out there today.
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Re: Seattle to portland in July singlehanded.

NOB, in case you are interested; we (2 crew and myself) are planning to leave Port Townsend on Sept. 2 for San Francisco. Granted, we will take the outside route and will stay out until we reach SF. We could use a 4th crew.
BTW, the boat is a Wauquez Pretorien, 35ft.
PM me if you're interested.
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