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05-08-2009 12:04 AM
jrd22 Harry- LOL, at least you were laughing! Victoria is a great place to visit, almost like going to a foreign country . Every time we go to Canada we talk about moving there. I've yet to get my Juan de Fuca shakeup, every time has been great, but I know it's coming.
05-07-2009 04:22 PM
CharlieCobra I've had trips like that....
05-07-2009 03:11 PM
Harryeod I've done that trip out of Port Townsend a couple of times on a 27 foot Cheoy Lee. Three out of 4 legs of the two trips were great, the one that sucked was going there against 25 kt winds. It was comedy of errors; when the wind and waves picked up, I was on the bow bringing down the headsail when the autotiller failed, the boat started going in circles, the sail was dragging in the water, my safety line got stuck on something and when I was on my hands and knees trying to drag in the sail, my lifevest inflation handle got hooked on the anchor chain and it inflated. Now I was choking, being bounced all over the place, on my stomach, laughing maniaclly like the gofer in caddy shack. By the time I got to Victoria; did I mention I also pissed all over myself steering the boat with my knees going in an empty vitamin water bottle? But anyone, by the time I got to Victoria I was ready to place a hefty C-4 charge on the boat and sink it!

But, the other legs of the two trips were beautiful and Victoria is a nice little city. When you go to customs pier and call, bring a pen and paper and the boat's registration number, both times I was there they wanted the number and they gave me a number to display in the window; they never came out to the boat.

A little more advice; if you need reading glasses to see the combination of the lock that is on the boat, store an extra pair and a flashlight in the cockpit so you alleviate the necessity of walking around the pier in a towel looking for someone to open the boat for you because your only pair of reading glasses fell into the water off the pier while you were bending over to snug up the stern line.
05-02-2009 09:41 PM
CharlieCobra Yeah, I can tell ya about sailing the other direction when a clear air gale came up against an ebb. Not fun at all...
05-02-2009 08:17 PM
jrd22 It can be a beautiful sail, usually a reach as mentioned above. Strong winds out of the West against an ebb should be avoided of course. I think it's about 18nm so figure 3-4 hours. You can check the buoy reports for winds, that gives a pretty good idea of what's coming. Have fun.
NDBC - Northwest Straits/Puget Sound Recent Marine Data
05-02-2009 03:50 PM
dabnis Gary,

Just saw this, pretty much already been said. I have made this trip many times over the years on the MV Coho, a 340 foot ferry, sometimes it was dead flat calm, many others with a short high sea. Hard to tell from a large ship but I would estimate at least 10 to 15 feet as mentioned earlier. Glad I wasn't in a small boat. Suggest you watch the weather and tides carefully.
I would guess a flood tide would be the best time to cross? Be carefull!!!

04-14-2009 10:27 PM
jackdale Once at Victoria you must obey Harbour Regulations with respect to the seaplane aerodrome.

Contact the Victoria Harbour Authority on VHF 66A from a slip assignment.

You might want to avoid Memorial Day Weekend as many of the slips will be occupied by boats racing in the Swiftsure.

04-14-2009 08:58 PM
DwayneSpeer The winds usually build in the afternoon, especially in the warm months. This is due to the adiabatic phenomenon where the land warms and pulls in air from the cool water. I've started out from Neah Bay in a dead calm in the early morning and been in 30 knot winds by the time I reached Port Angeles several times.
04-14-2009 12:15 PM
Faster I've motored across in flat calm, and had standing waves wash the deck on another day.... As mentioned, watch the weather and the tides, the tide can be sneaky, and if you don't pay attention when your track will be much different than your heading... lookout!
04-14-2009 12:10 PM
erps The currents out there are suprisingly strong. We've seen 5 knots at Trial Island on spring tides. Currents against wind waves equals no fun. Plan accordingly.
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