New Year's Cruise 2005
We had a wonderful trip in the San Juans. Friday night Jesper and I arrived via ferry to Friday Harbor and everyone was ready to party. Lasagna was eaten and cocktails were drunken.
ABBA sang "Happy New Year."
When we all finally were in bed, it rained and snowed, but when we got up, the wet was gone. We went out to breakfast. Had a late start leaving port - around 2 PM.
It was slow going to the first point. The sun went down and tetemperature dropped. Passed the point (sorry I don't have the names of places) and we hit a howling wind. Lot's of navigation in the dark, picking out lights and markers and matching them to the chart. I was sterring for a while, surfing waves downwind in something like 30 knots of wind. It was pretty intense, especially when we were ready to reduce sails and I had to maintain course without an accidental jibe which I was afraid I might knock Maurice of the bow with. Jesper pointed out the phosphorescence
in the water on the tops of the waves where the boat disturbed the water. It looked florescent green/yellow/white. Also it was lightly SNOWING! We finally anchored to a mooring ball that Chris from Ariadne arranged for us. His boat rafted up. We had fajitas for dinner - Yum.
The crew from Ariadne cam over and we had 9 people aboard Rowena. The party went late. Sleep came eventually.
Set off around 10 or 11 AM. Sailed to Port Townsend. The mountains looked great with the snow. Lots of fresh air. Rebecca made potaoto soup which I must try at home - it looks so simple. For dinner we had a nice indian dish with chicken and rice. I finished the black sock I was working on and fixed a gaping hole in Jespers knit sweater. So SOME knitting was had on this trip. I think I needed fingerless gloves if I were to knit more. A good night's sleep was had, we all had our eyes closed as Maurice was trying to do the dishes.
More blue sky. Left at an earlier hour that previous days. It was even colder too. Jesper & I made yummy omelets for the crew and finally made it up to deck. I was impressed that I didn't get sea sick. Maybe it has something to do with waking up while sailing. Your body accepts the conditions more. Of course I took a motion sickness pill every day too... After I ate - I didn't feel so hot and had to rush to deck to get fresh air. Later in the day I didn't feel super, I was really cold to for most of the time. By dinnertime, I helped Rebecca a little with our snack and then went on deck to enjoy the sunset and stayed there bunded up in a blanket all cozy.
Finally we made it to Shilshole Marina to pump out and then easily we went through the locks and 3 bridges to Rebecca's spot in Lake Union.