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They were forecasting that here too, at one point I saw a catkin in the tree in the garden move. How they can get it quite so wrong I don't know.
Anyway, I take it you didn't take advantage of a nice breeze and move her then?
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BigWaveDave ia a handy site for Sandheads weather and local forecasts.
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It's the 25th and there's been a good NW breeze blowing today. Sandheads Light station has been reporting NW winds of 29, gusting to 35 knots all day today!
Yes... today (yesterday) would have been interesting.. we had serious whitecaps on the river out front. The tides were good, the breeze perhaps a bit too much of a good thing, esp on an untried boat.

So it wouldn't have happened anyhow. The good news here, though, is that the forecast was pretty well spot on.

Paul, you must have been 'between' pushes.. it was blowing over 30 at Race Rocks all day too, but Saturna and Discovery were lighter.

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We seem to be often calm here, with 30+ to the north and south of us. It can get quite frustrating when looking at the forecasts, seeing a fun weekend, then it turns out to be nothing. Perhaps next year the boat fun will have enough in it for a gennaker.

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Welcome to Captains Cove, It's a great place to sail out of If you like the southern Gulf Islands, San Juans etc. You will need to plan your arrivals and departures though.

I've sailed out of Captains Cove for three years I would add a few things:

The river can be very busy with commercial traffic so you want to stay out of the shipping lane as much as possible (Keep a good watch behind you). There is enough water south of the red buoys all the way to Steveston then cut across and hug the north side until you see the Marina entrance mark.

Plan to be at Sand heads at least two hours after low tide for the best push up the river.

You need to Know that there there is a somewhat tricky bar at the entrance to the marina that that is only passable this time of year for me with more than around an 8' tide ( I draw 6.5'). For maximum depth You need to keep half way between the mark on your right and the exposed snag on your left when you enter.
Once past the light head directly for the fuel dock jetty (keep right).
You will always be entering on a rising tide so if you cut it too close it's not the end of the world, there is a soft sandy bottom and you will be off in short order. (don't ask me how I know this).

Leave yourself lots of daylight. At night it is very difficult to discern river traffic from all the onshore lights.

Finally, I've been in and out close to a hundred times in the past three years
and I've never seen seen conditions that gave cause for concern for a well found sail boat. That is not to say it can't happen, but it gives you some perspective.

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If you're still looking for crew I'd be happy to help out, schedule permitting. I haven't been up the river but I've been past it a few times. My boat is probably not too different from yours.

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