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    I just finished packing my last drybags to get ready for tomorrow's launch, so it's time to end the complete media blackout that Yeadon kept insisting on for some reason. Going to be putting in at the southernmost end of the glorious Salish Sea* tomorrow evening for the journey northbound to get up to the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival by Thursday afternoon.

    See you at the Festival, boys and girls!

    *it's this watery stuff here:

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    One step backward, two forward!

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    It looks like a great trip! Have fun and take lots of pictures.

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    Oh yeah? Well we're leaving from Shelton, slacker.

    It's true however that I'm not quite done packing.

    Last edited by Yeadon; 08-30-2013 at 11:33 AM.
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    Lucky bastards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    Oh yeah? Well we're leaving from Shelton, slacker.

    It's true however that I'm not quite done packing.

    If you were really serious, you'd leave from Mud Bay... on the nether side of 101... slackers <G>

    Seriously... I'm quite envious. Have a great triip!
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    It's a 5 hour tour ..... with Bingo.

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    Indeed. Lucky bastids.
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    I hope you have a driver to get your towing rig back north, or else it will be a chore going all the way back south after the show.

    Y'all have a good sail now, hear?
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    We know nice girls who have driver's licenses.
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    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    Sounds great. That you're only allowing the time you are shows the advantage of sail and oar over just sail. I had a boat years ago that did not have an auxiliary motor and was too big to row. In the fickle winds of the San Juan Islands, I sometimes spend days getting places. My record was 2 1/2 days from Blind Bay on Shaw Island to Bellingham. Of course when you're 20 and have no responsibilities, time is not of the essence.

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    Distances and key points to consider.

    Olympia, Mile 0 -->

    --> Eagle Island 12 miles

    --> Fox Island 20-ish
    --> Gig Harbor 25
    --> Blake Island 41.5
    --> Eagle Harbor 46
    --> Port Madison 55-ish
    --> Appletree 60
    --> Pt. No Point 69
    --> Hansville 74
    --> Mats Mats 77
    -->Port Townsend Canal 82
    --> Port Hadlock 86-ish
    --> PT 90-ish

    These distances do not including tacking back and forth a thousand times.
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    Y'all have a wonderful boating environment (envy).
    Enjoy the trip and the meet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BBSebens View Post
    Lucky bastards.
    yes indeed!!!
    Have a great trip guys !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    Distances and key points to consider.

    Olympia, Mile 0 -->

    --> Eagle Island 12 miles

    --> Fox Island 20-ish
    --> Gig Harbor 25
    --> Blake Island 41.5
    --> Eagle Harbor 46
    --> Port Madison 55-ish
    --> Appletree 60
    --> Pt. No Point 69
    --> Hansville 74
    --> Mats Mats 77
    -->Port Townsend Canal 82
    --> Port Hadlock 86-ish
    --> PT 90-ish

    These distances do not including tacking back and forth a thousand times.
    Then add in time spent waiting for the tide to start running in your favor, this is going to be quite a navigational feat. Please feel free to torment the rest of us with pictures.

    See you in PT on Thursday.
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    Well, you're on your way already if all has gone well, but have yourselves a nice trip and enjoy the show.

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    Alarm is set for 4:30 a.m. each morning. Departure is set for just before sunrise. We'll ride the ebb north each day early afternoon. Then siesta as the flood arrives. We'll have a few more hours of evening sailing on the ebb before sunset. All in all, I'm estimating 11 or 12 hours on the water each day.

    If we have southerly winds, it'll be like we're on a people mover. I'll probably get some reading done if this is the case. West winds are good too. Lots of reaching. Active and mindful sailing. North winds will be a fistfight and a half, tack after tack after tack. All sound great to me.
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    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    If we have southerly winds, it'll be like we're on a people mover. I'll probably get some reading done if this is the case. West winds are good too. Lots of reaching. Active and mindful sailing. North winds will be a fistfight and a half, tack after tack after tack. All sound great to me.
    Yes, but I'm lazy enough that some of them sound less great than others. Enjoy!

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    Looks like a nice day to be out on the Salish Sea. Unfortunate for the dynamic duo, it is also blowing 12-16 knots from the north.
    Steve

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    No problem Steve- The James will command the wind to change direction JayInOz

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    They're going to need some rowing chanteys.

    1. "Acres of Clams", the old Puget Sound anthem.

    2. The nutty "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" one that scared me when I was a kid.

    3. "Du Hast", Rowan's theme song, which, ok, loses something without the guitar.

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    Just saw the weather forecast. OK tomorrow, then blaugh Thursday and Friday. Saturday and Sunday though look good as of this writing.

    We had a spanking breeze in from the West/ Southwest this afternoon in Everett. i hope they caught some of that. By sundown it was pretty calm.
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    Ok it's Thursday.....Did you make it? Millions around the globe are waiting for any sign of life!

    Oh, I need a photo of a beer for me please.

    Neil

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    James,

    We're going to be in Anacortes before heading to the show Friday afternoon, if you forgot something and need it taken to the show.
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    Yup, we made it.

    Saturday: Boston Harbor to Gig Harbor
    Sunday: Gig Harbor to Eagle Harbor
    Monday: Eagle Harbor to Appletree Cove
    Tuesday: Appletree Cove to Mats Mats
    Wednesday: Mats Mats to Mystery Bay
    Thursday: Mystery Bay to PT Festival

    We're all here on the linear dock on the east side of the marina. Come say hi. Bring beer.
    Quote Originally Posted by James McMullen View Post
    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    Yes, beer. And pizza.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    Yup, we made it.

    Saturday: Boston Harbor to Gig Harbor
    Sunday: Gig Harbor to Eagle Harbor
    Monday: Eagle Harbor to Appletree Cove
    Tuesday: Appletree Cove to Mats Mats
    Wednesday: Mats Mats to Mystery Bay
    Thursday: Mystery Bay to PT Festival

    We're all here on the linear dock on the east side of the marina. Come say hi. Bring beer.
    That's it??? Five days by sail and oar- in twenty five words or less? And you think you've earned a beer??? Try again- and this time with feeling (and pictures) JayInOz

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    Keep your heads down guys, we're getting a pretty good thunder and lighting event here in Oak Harbor, my guess is it's "interesting" out on the linear dock in Port Townsend tonight!

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    Thank you very kindly for the offer, Brian, but I think I'm all set. See you at the show.

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    Dave Lesser brought me a beer! And I drank it. Thanks Dave.

    (The rest of ya'll need to step it up a bit.)
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    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    Lightening at SeaTac. Impressive ride in tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    Dave Lesser brought me a beer! And I drank it. Thanks Dave.

    (The rest of ya'll need to step it up a bit.)
    Set up a PayPal account or something fancy like that and I'll buy you one, too. Otherwise it'll be hard to pull off from here. Pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    Pictures?

    Tom
    You sure you want to see pictures of this whole sordid affair? Even the ones where Yeadon plumbed the very depths of depravity by going "full brigantine" on us?



    Well, the properly sanitized, organized and edited Official Version of events will have to wait until I have something more than an iPhone to hand, but you're welcome to look up my Flickr feed and YouTube channel to see the raw footage if you just can't wait.

    Currently sitting snug under my boom tent listening to a gentle morning rain. Thunder and lightning last night was intense! No leaks or problems, I'm happy to report--at least not from inside here.

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    What's up with that sail? I've never seen anything that crazy lookin'. Wait a minute, I take that back. He does get extra style points for creativity.

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    You know I have an old fashioned skate sail that could be set like that for down wind work. Hmmmm.....
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