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post #11 of 16 Old 11-26-2007
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"Rainy sailing is still great sailing right? :P"

Amen, Tenuki - that's why we have a pilothouse up here! And thanks for the sailflow link. I've never seen it before, but it's bookmarked now. Here's a page I frequent, as the Kelp Reefs weather buoy (between San Juan and Vancouver Island) is only a few miles from where our boat is moored on Mitchell Bay, just up from Snug Harbor.

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sew/newsea.php

Couple weeks ago I saw sustained winds of 58 there...


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I went sailing Thanksgiving afternoon on a bright, sunny day in 5 - 8 knots of wind.... Had two Orcas pass less than 50 feet from my stern about 1/4 mile off the Edmonds breakwater.

Magnificent!

I called up my lazy family, (who didn't want to go sailing in the cold), on the cell phone and taunted them mercilessly about what they were missing...

We all went sailing on Friday.

No Orcas

At any rate, Welcome!

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David,

You're doing better than me with orcas off of the marina. I have yet to see them in the sound, altho did see a large pack in Haro channel coming back from pender harbor last summer! I have seen a pack or school of porpoise out there a few times, including one that I believe was about 20 or so large.

I wanted to get out last weekend, but was in PA at inlaws until late friday, then sat and sunday was putting out some 3000-5000 lights in the yard, with more to go!
maybe this weekend if sno crummy does not have enough snow to ski on!


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Saw a pod of Dall's Porpoises (source: AMERICAN CETACEAN SOCIETY) every time I went out sailing this summer but one. They seemed to be headed the same direction every day about 4pm or so, north of the ferry terminal in the center of the sound, only about 3-4 of em. Pretty sure on the markings, one time they were only about 20 feet from the stern. The people I was sailing with always thought they were orcas, but you can tell because the orca's of course are bigger and have a much larger dorsal fin. Pretty sure, saw some Dalls up real close in Alaksa this year, as in a couple of feet away surfing the bow of the large whalewatching boat I was on.



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Yes, rainy weather is definitely sailing weather up here, unless ya caught pneumonia like I did the last time. You can bet I'll be back out there as soon as it's gone though.
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Had a pod of Dall Porpoises running with us for a couple of minutes at night last summer. Freaked out our 14-year old initially, as the sounds of them breathing a few feet off the deck in pitch black unnerved her. Until I walked forward and we peered over the lifelines - we could see the phosphorescent trails they were leaving 2-3 feet from the hull. She thought is was pretty awesome after that!

Saw the orcas about a third of the time out last summer in Haro Strait, but we see Dalls everytime. I count myself extremely fortunate to live and sail here in these islands...


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