We made it to Friday Harbor and cleared Customs, but here we stay. The weather system that we were trying to keep ahead of has caught up with us. So we’ll stay at least until Thursday. Winds for tomorrow are expected to be 40kts so, even in this sheltered marina I’m using additional lines. The Sea King stove is my favorite toy. After years with my fussy Dickinson the Sea King so simple.
Since leaving Pender Harbor we’ve had a good trip. Crossing the Strait of Georgia was easy and beautiful (even whale sightings) and we when tied up in Nanaimo we met Peter Knowles “Travels with Geordie” and his friend Lloyd. Each of them cruising in their own very unique Trumpy Cruiser.
Next day through Dodd Narrows and on to Pirate Cove where we got to practice anchoring and stern tying of Merva. Different from my sailboat but not difficult. Also we launched the skiff and rowed about. Once again Peter Knowles and his friend Lloyd were there and we had a few beers and talked boats.
Then on to Ladysmith and a reunion with old friends we hadn’t seen in two year. Also met Judy McKay and learned some of Merva’s history from her. I wish I had more time to talk with her but she was off to dinner.
Next day we realized we had to make a run for it. Get to Friday Harbor, clear customs and hope to get across the strait of Juan de Fuca. We got here, in 7 hours from Ladysmith to Friday Harbor. But then the weather deteriorated.
That is about all for now. The wind is really picking up. I hope it passes soon and we can move on.