Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Port Townsend

After a week of preparation in Seattle we finally set sail to Port Townsend, our first stop when we head north. It was calm when we set off in the morning but we were lucky enough to have some wind pipe up in the afternoon. Our new main sail sailed beautifully. Our old sail was extremely worn out and baggy which caused us to heel excessively. The new sail pulled us along at 7.5 knots in just 12 knots of wind with just a bit of heel. We are super happy with its performance.

We anchored just off of downtown in Port Townsend and headed into town for a little exploration and dinner. After dinner we hung out in the cockpit and enjoyed the view of the picturesque Victorian town in the lovely light of the fading sun.

The next morning we hopped into kayaks and paddled two miles around the point to Fort Worden State Park. After walking the beach we headed to the 1902 gun batteries with our flashlights in hand. We spent the afternoon exploring dark nooks, crannies and passageways within the cement bunker. I have a hilarious video I took of the boys that had Jason and I laughing so hard our stomachs hurt. I'll try to get it up here so you can see.

We paddled the two miles back and got back to Marinero in time to pull up anchor to head out across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We had just a wee bit of wind so we ended up motor sailing across. We pulled into Watmough Bay just in time to snag the last mooring ball before diving below to make dinner.

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