Monthly: July 2009

16 Jul

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Out Your Backdoor

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If you haven’t been to this site, you might like it. There’s a bit on boating stuff and a lot that isn’t, but they share our "less is more" philosophy. Their slogan is "Cheap Adventure, Thrifty Culture."—Eds

 

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01 Jul

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The Log of “Dauntless” Entry 15

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Saturday morning the sun rose over Blakely Island to a beautiful, but calm, morning. The only sound when I awoke were the sprinkler heads watering the spectacularly manicured hillside next to the marina. Today’s trip would close the loop and bring us back to Anacortes and Cap Sante Boat Haven where the whole trip began some two weeks and somewhere around 200 miles ago. As always when sailing in the San Juans or Gulf Islands, the currents dictated our departure time. The previous evening’s review of the charts, current atlas and tide tables said 8:00am would give us the  best overall timing to get to our destination. The folks at Blakely took pity on us coffee drinkers and opened the store early for us so we could get our "fix" before we set off. It was greatly appreciated!
 
0800 and all seven boats motored into Peavine Pass heading for the Rosario Straight. As soon as the straight came into view it was obvious that there was some wind there. Larry looked over from the cockpit of Corndog with a big grin on his face and pumped his fist a few times in excitement knowing that we’d at least get to do some sailing on our last day. I could relate, totally. Crews scrambled to get the canvass up and within minutes not an outboard was heard. Crossing Rosario was good sailing, as it has been the three other times I have had the opportunity. Mother Rosario must have a soft spot for Montys! As soon as we reached the other side…..calm settled in again. Ugh! I’ll admit I was the first to drop the outboard and fire it up. Unfortunately, our upcoming road trip home demanded that we keep making time towards Anacortes. One thing I am known far and wide for is taking a long time to get our boat road ready and we needed to get on the road and get some miles behind us before the day was done. So, we motored on.  Once again  between Cypress and Sinclair Islands the breeze freshened, right on the nose. We silenced the 9.9 and enjoyed a half hour of upwind sailing until we reached the Bellingham Channel. That was it. Calm again. This time when the YammerHammer thumped to life, it was for the duration. As we motored around the top of Guemes Island, ‘Jo and I decided to get a jump on the de-rigging process. While she handled the tiller I scrambled around the boat removing and storing everything I could without dropping the rig on top of us. By the time we reached the Cap Sante breakwater we had a pretty good head start on process.
 
One by one all the boats arrived. A couple got slips for the night and decided to get hauled out the next day. The rest began the process of getting ready for the hoist trip to the trailer.
 
We were out of the water by mid afternoon. Handshakes, hugs, goodbyes, and "see ya laters" were exchanged. We tried to express to Larry Yake our appreciation of all the work that he put into creating this gettogether and his skill "herding the cats." He’s the greatest and it is a privilege to know him and have sailed with him. Thanks Larry!!!
 
We made it past Snoqualamie Pass the first night and spent the evening in the camper at beautiful rest area. The next day got us to Twin Falls, Idaho, and last night we crashed (not literally) at a small campground in Leed’s Utah (right near Zion). We arrived home in Lake Havasu, AZ around 2pm this afternoon to a cool 112 degrees….(but it’s a dry heat! yeah right!).

Somewhere beautiful on the 1500 mile trip home

Our trip is over. What a great three weeks. Thanks to Josh and the crew at SCA for letting us blog it here. I know that all three people that read it ( Jo’s mom, brother, and sister) enjoyed it! hahaha.
 
If you haven’t taken advantage of your trailersailer’s ability to cover miles at 60mph to get to new cruising grounds, we’d recommend it. You’ll see beautiful places and meet some of the nicest people you can ever imagine.
 
Fair winds from the crew of Dauntless, from here in Lake Havasu City, AZ.
 
Casting off,

Sean, ‘Jo, and yes, of course, Bosun   :-)

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(over the next couple of weeks we’ll put a lot more pictures and description of the two week trip on our website at www.havasumontgomerys.piczo.com

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