ESCAPE FROM NEWPORT

Early this morning Truce and I dropped down the Yaquina River from Toledo to Newport on the ebb tide.  Upon arrival at Newport I found the Coastguard had closed the Yaquina River the bar to vessels less than forty feet length.  As Truce is thirty-six feet long we couldn’t depart Newport.  Very frustrating, the weather … Continue reading ESCAPE FROM NEWPORT

RUDDER FIXED

It’s been a full-on sort of day and I feel tired at the end of it – but importantly ‘we got the job done’.  The rudder is good. At midday Truce was lifted out the water and half an hour later I had the rudder unshipped and hung off.  The bottom bushing was worn and … Continue reading RUDDER FIXED

RUDDER INSPECTION AND SUNSHINE

Heaps of rain last night and this morning and then the sun came out.  Wonderful to feel the suns warmth and the solar cells are charging the batteries again. The diver turned up this morning, a very helpful guy called Carson.  He had a good look at the rudder and made a video.  All the … Continue reading RUDDER INSPECTION AND SUNSHINE

SUSPECT RUDDER

It looks like I may linger longer in Newport after all.  As I was preparing the boat for departure today and running through my checks I noticed that the rudder has excessive play in the pintles.  I fear that something may have let go but can’t see any obvious cause.  Anyway, I don’t feel comfortable … Continue reading SUSPECT RUDDER

SIDE TRIP TO NEWPORT, OREGON

Last night I plugged on in poor sailing conditions, by midnight the mainsail came down and Truce was reduced to staysail only.  Wind was gusting thirty five knots from the South with rain squalls.  The midnight forecast predicted another two days of southerly winds – I was quite disheartened by this news. Not being able … Continue reading SIDE TRIP TO NEWPORT, OREGON

A NASTY DAY OFF OREGON

Last night I was becalmed for the third time since leaving Neah Bay.  I drifted until nine this morning when a wind filled in from the south.  At seven I wrote in the log “ barometer falling and no wind – something will happen soon’.  It did! At ten I had all sail set and … Continue reading A NASTY DAY OFF OREGON

BECALMED, A 3% CHANCE

Last night at sunset the wind started to decrease.  First I had to bring down the main, it couldn’t hold the wind and was flogging about as if to self-destruct.  Shortly after the staysail came down.  I carried on until one in the morning with the jib, but the wind disappeared and the jib finally … Continue reading BECALMED, A 3% CHANCE

CAPE FLATTERY TO SAN FRANCISCO

It’s a month today since I arrived in BC from Auckland, seems less, the time has flown by.  It’s taken a long time to get ready to go south, the weather hasn’t helped, things just seem to go slow when it’s wet and cold. I picked the anchor up at six this morning, a beautiful … Continue reading CAPE FLATTERY TO SAN FRANCISCO

HALF WAY UP JUAN DE FUCA

Just before eleven this morning I let go from the Port Townsend Marina to catch the ebb tide up the Juan de Fuca strait.  Wind was forecast but only arrived for seven minutes sailing, then it was motoring all the way in flat calm conditions.  Quite a bit of marine life about, seals, ducks, porpoise … Continue reading HALF WAY UP JUAN DE FUCA

READY TO SAIL

The last two days have been quite busy and working around the weather to get the final jobs completed for the trip down to San Francisco.  I am berthed in Port Townsend, a place that seems to generate its own wind and rain patterns.  The town of Port Townsend is an interesting place, one of … Continue reading READY TO SAIL