One of the things we always do before we leave Friday Harbor is to walk the docks. There are some boats that have been there so long and are so unkept that it is a wonder they are still floating. Then there are those that are obviously owned by people who love their boats, with their glistening varnish, polished metal, etc. It is also fun to see the names of some of the boats which are generally a reflection of the owners. I take this time to look for detail photos of nautical things. Here is one of the images I captured this morning showing a dock line tied up to a cleat.
It’s time to get ready to leave, so let’s see…. Bag of of ice… check. Ice cream cone… check. I think we’re ready to leave.
The wind teased a bit today, but not enough to make much headway to our destination of Hunter Bay on Lopez Island. I wonder where the winds are that they spoke of on the radio yesterday?
The closer we got to Hunter Bay the stronger the winds became. The last couple of miles were actually a pretty nice sail and we got the boat speed up to over 5 knots. Our boat was a bit slow for its size, but it was fun nonetheless. Here one of the boats that was close by as we approached Hunter Bay.
There were probably about 20 boats in the bay when we arrived and being in close made me a bit nervous when strong winds expected, so I chose to downwind edge of the anchored fleet to drop our anchor. The bottom of the bay is quite muddy and has very good holding properties, but as the sun went down the winds came up and it left me a bit concerned about where we would end up if the anchor dragged. Needless to say, it was a very sleepless night for me. I kept an eye on the GPS map every half hour or so to make sure we were not dragging. I also kept my eye outside to look at all of the anchored boats around me to make sure they were staying put as well.
All night long the wind whistled through the standing rigging of our sailboat, but when morning finally arrived it started to subside just a bit which made me a bit more comfortable. An interesting night to say the least.