We enjoyed our stay at Port Angeles, even though it was short and we didn’t make it to town. We used the time to work on a little boat cleanup and relax. We left Port Angeles on Monday, August 18th at 7 am. Even though we will no longer have river bars to cross, the timing of our trips are just as important because the tides and currents in this area rule everything. We left when we could go with the current and round Point Wilson at slack water (that is when the current = 0 knots). Going with the current added a knot or two to our normal speed, sort of like walking on those moving walkways at the airport.
We had a beautiful day for our trip and we got to sail a little bit. It was a short trip compared to our others, and we rounded Point Wilson at about 11:00 am. We enjoyed the absence of rolling and pitching! We were watching the vessel traffic on the radar because this area can be congested with large vessels going to and from Seattle as well as passenger ferries and all kinds of pleasure craft, but we had no problem other than competing with a passenger ferry that was on it’s way to Port Townsend. The ferry won.
Port Townsend is a mecca for boat builders and enthusiasts and it’s fun to be in this environment. The marina is comfortable and the downtown area is only about a mile away. We took a walk down there the other evening and went out for dinner – it’s such a cute town! We have a great fish market and a grocery store right here – also, a brewery! Port Townsend Brewery is right in the marina area and the IPA is very good.
We are planning to leave here Sunday or Monday and head north – not sure where yet! We are very excited to be here and hope to see a lot of places in the next several weeks. I got the laptop working again, and I posted a video with some footage from a few voyages for you.
Link to video: http://youtu.be/ByBIyJ3gGVY