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9-16-09 Wednesday – Canal Marina, Seattle September 23, 2009

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We anchored last night in an open anchorage, at Polnell Point, from the south with winds expected 10 to 20 from the south the weather report said. In the morning, things were very calm and flat water. Sun came up just as we took off at 6:59am. No wind when we started out. Then soon after we had 20 to 30 knots apparent from the south until we tucked in at Salmon Bay south of Shilshole Bay Marina. Arrived at 2:30pm at Canal Marina. Trip 1882.6 Motor 42.5

Steve and Judy

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Boat is in Bellingham getting a new hard dodger with tempered windows. We’re home finally.

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9-15-09 Tuesday – Polnell Point, Crescent Harbor, near Oak Harbor September 23, 2009

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We took a drive up to Ferndale where our hard dodger is being made. We decided we need to get the dodger on the boat and make some window decisions then, so we’ll have to come back at another date. (Somewhat of a wasted trip to Bellingham.) We motored from Bellingham to Anacortes to get some fuel then thru the Swinomish Channel to near Oak Harbor at Polnell Point. Motor sailed a few times along the way. During the channel the current was supposed to change north of La Conner and get better for us. It didn’t change direction but did get a little better. Trip 1840.1, Motor 36.5

9-14-09 Monday – Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham September 23, 2009

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We checked out an inflatable Hobie kayak with bicycle style fins then headed to Bellingham. Cloud cover is increasing and some sprinkles once in a while. Current with us. We got to Bellingham and it got sunny and blue skies for the rest of the night. A college buddy showed up and we went for a sail in calm conditions so only sailed 2/10ths of a mile despite our perseverance, then motored to explore the bay. Later we had dinner.

Trip 1803.6, Sail .2, motor 30.9.

9-13-09 Sunday – Friday Harbor September 23, 2009

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It took a while to find our crab pot. It was 1/3 of a mile away from where we put it down by GPS. No crab and no bait so the crab got away somehow. I think even with the extra weights the trap tumbled in the current overnight. We headed to Friday Harbor and had a tide current with us of about ½ to 7/10 knots. Passed customs then went to the grocery. Sam picked us up at 5pm for dinner with his wife Kay at their house. We reminisced for our sail trips of the summer and had dinner. Weather was great with sun. Trip 1772.5, motor 18.3

9-12-09 Saturday – Capital City Yacht Club then Sidney Spit September 23, 2009

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There is a YC right next door called Capital City YC so we went there in the morning but they are building a new Yacht club building so no showers or anything so we went to Sidney North Saanich YC via dinghy, showered and used the internet. Then took a walk around to some chandleries and parks in the area. We then headed to Sidney Island and Sidney Spit. Great sunset with oranges and reds. As we were watching the sunset later, some space material or something re-entered and it was like a shooting star but slower and very bright, then it broke up and two objects were doing a re-entry burn. Finally it stopped burning fairly low. We were out to shore trying to pay for the $10 mooring fee, while the park rangers were collecting at the boats. We met them on the dock and found out there is no locked box to drop the payment into like in the US. We paid them at the dock. Most parks you pay in a box like we are used to but not this one. Water is very calm and weather was warm, we set a crab trap. We heard Seattle was heading to 85 F. Trip 1754.2, motor 4.1

9-11-09 Friday – Sidney/North Saanich, Tsehum Harbour September 23, 2009

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Well there is a sailing regatta going on so no space for reciprocal boats. We anchored out in the harbour in 14 feet of water with an eight foot tide going down at 4:30am. That gives us a 1 foot room for the anchor. Trip 1750.1 15.3 sail, 17.7 motor

Pictures from Victoria September 12, 2009

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A few pictures going to Victoria and on the way back to the U.S.

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Steve & Judy getting even closer to home

9-11-09 Friday – Victoria September 11, 2009

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Headed to Sindey North Saanich YC today.   Hope to meet up with Ann C and Terry M. as they are on vacation in the area and a Grady-White rendezvous. Then Friday Harbor on Sunday to meet up with friends, then Bellingham Mon. and Tue. for some decisions on our new hard dodger. Hope to be home for the Swap Meet at Fisheries on Sat. the 19th.

Steve and Judy
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Victoria

9-10-09 Thursday – Victoria September 11, 2009

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Shopped around some, shoes for me, Keen Hybrid Newport 2, as I’ve worn out my tennies, got some tea at Murchies, watch repair at the Bay, then stopped at a ½ dozen places for a 5.5 Apex # 156R. Most had a limited supply of Apex lures but none the right size or color. Sent an email to Hot Spot Fishing & Lures Ltd. which makes Apex and they are in Victoria but they haven’t responded yet and don’t have a phone number to the public. You really feel like you are in a big town with traffic, buildings and such. We went to see Star Trek in Imax. It was great if you haven’t seen it. Our first movie in a while and none around in most of the places we’ve been.

9-9-09 Wednesday – Causeway Floats, Victoria September 11, 2009

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Wednesday the weather changed to drizzle almost rain at times. We hiked to town and the museum. Museum was pretty good but the cottage and lighthouse were closed for tours. We headed back to the boat and motored to Victoria against the current of about a knot. I headed in close to the shore and we did great. Maybe the current changed. We came into the City of Victoria Causeway Floats in front of the Empress Hotel. Ibis a Northern Pacific was almost blocking our slip entrance. They are headed to a Northern Pacific Rendezvous at Pender Island. They gave us their visitor info for the dock that has the codes and such. We stopped by the shower facility. Then headed to the town area. A new place has opened up called The Bard and Banker. A Scottish theme restaurant. We ended up at the The Irish Times with a live Irish group called Black Angus. Had dinner and a pint while listening to the music.