Trip Start Jul 23, 2013
52Trip End May 31, 2014
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After 4 days we finally left Bandon yesterday. We rolled into town and across the bar as we had every place so far in that there was nothing to suggest the existence of a river bar as we entered the channel between the rock jetties. Four days later we have seen what an angry bar looks like. It's really something.
As we always do before setting out we looked at and listened to several different weather forecasts. Weather-wise things hadn't changed much overnight so early the next morning, before sunup, we lit up the engines and headed out
Rick says he's willing to bet serious money nobody has ever snapped a one hundred eighty degree turn in a 36 foot sailboat in that channel that fast EVER. We headed back to the marina and tied up in the slips we had just left. A few minutes later both of those charter boats came back in and tied up as well. This time they followed our lead.
We finally left the marina at 3:30 in the afternoon yesterday. We left late because that was when high slack tide occurred. High slack is the best time to cross the bar in terms of flat water
We have been able to hop from harbor to harbor during the days so far on this trip. That was always our plan. We are entering a fun race that goes from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas in late October. For that race we will have to run all night. Sooner or later we needed to give it a try. Last night was the night.
We had a delicious and simple one pot boat dinner and since Rick is an early to crash early to rise type, Patti took the first watch. She prefers staying up late and sleeping in. (You know what they say about opposites attracting.) Anyway Rick hit the sack at 8:00 with the idea she was gonna get him up at midnight or so. At 3 AM he woke up to find her still driving! He asked her why she didn't wake him earlier. Patti responded "I was having a ball and was gonna get you up at 4:00." Talk about a shipmate!
Imagine a night as black as black can be. Then imagine sitting inside your boat, your home, your world in a comfy seat with only the dim green glow of the radar, chart plotter, compass, etc
Morning came as it always does although it seems to take longer on night watch. A bit later we entered the boat harbor at Crescent City. There was construction equipment everywhere. As you might recall Crescent City was hit by a tsunami in 2011 and the boat harbor was wiped out. Turns out the same thing happened in 1964. This time they are building a "tsunami proof" marina. Check the pictures to see the size and numbers of pilings they're installing.