The Sailing Vessel Apropos
San Juan Islands Trip
August 17-26, 2007
Destination: San Juan Islands
Crew: Jim, Karen, Jacintha
Day 1: Lake Union to Edmonds Marina (14nm)
Departed Lake Union after work and motored to the locks with Doug as crew. Karen decided to drive to Edmonds with Jacintha and meet us at the marina. Everything went well getting through the locks but then the trouble began. A train was using the trestle so we had to wait outside the locks until the trestle opened up. The trestle opened just as the lock was releasing which created an outrush current. Before we could react, the current swept Apropos towards a piling, scraping the port side for about 4 feet until Captain 'Oh *$%#*' was able to motor away. The scrape broke thru the gelcoat, not a good way to begin a trip! We sailed north to Edmonds, met Karen and Jacintha, then went to Doug's house for pizza.
Day 2: Edmonds to Lopez Island (51nm)
Day 3: Lopez Island to Sucia Island (27nm)
Day 4: Sucia Island
Day 5: Sucia Island to Jones Island (20nm)
We woke up to rain and fog. It was relaxing sleeping in with the sound of the rain hitting the teak decks. By the time we finished breakfast, the rain had stopped so we up-anchored and motored out of the bay. Saw this huge yawl as well as some dolphins on the way to Jones Island. The sun finally broke out after we anchored, so we kayaked to shore and hiked the island loop. Jacintha seemed to enjoy the nature which is quite a contrast from the usual city environment. Ate lamb chops and corn for dinner and watched a movie with popcorn after Jacintha went to sleep.
Day 6: Jones Island to San Juan Island (22nm)
Day 7: San Juan Island to Stewart Island (14nm)
Today we were joined by Anna Marie, a friend from Seattle, for some sailing, kayaking, and hiking. The wind picked up so we had a nice sail before going to Stewart Island, where we dropped anchor in Reid Harbor. Jacintha is just starting to crepe but not yet craw, so she can be placed on the cockpit cushions without much trouble. We relaxed during the afternoon, had spaghetti and meatballs with a bottle of syrah for dinner, then played "pass the pigs"--a fun game Anna Marie gave us.
Day 8: Stewart Island to San Juan Island (6nm)
Since there were 3 adults and a baby, we made 2 trips in the kayak to get everyone to shore. Last year we hiked to the schoolhouse and this year we decided to go further to the lighthouse located on the northwest corner of the island. We stopped at along the way at a tree swing. As we neared Turn Point lighthouse, the views out into Haro Strait were spectacular. The hike was 4 miles one way so we brought snacks and lunch. Along the way there is an old graveyard and an airstrip field, as well as the schoolhouse that's no longer being used due to the declining number of children living on the island. We returned to the boat and motored the short distance back to Roche Harbor to drop off Anna Marie. Dropped anchor in the harbor and got the steaks out to cook on the grill. Captain 'clumsy' dropped one in the water as he was flipping it onto the grill, which is mounted on the cockpit stanchion rail. To make up for it, he caught 2 crabs that evening.
With a long sail ahead of us, we got an early start leaving Roche Harbor. There was a strong southerly wind with choppy seas in Haro Strait and Karen stayed below deck with Jacintha. When we reached the Strait of Juan de Fuca (sometimes known as Wanna Puka), there was a westerly wind and opposing tide, making for rough seas with whitecaps. Karen was trying to rest in the vberth and got very seasick since the bow was pounding up and down the waves. After about 2 hours of this, the seas calmed and we had a pleasant spinnaker sail to Admiralty Inlet and most of the way to Port Ludlow. We took turns taking naps with Jacintha along the way. The winds began to calm as the sun was setting on the horizon. We anchored out in Port Ludlow and boiled the crabs caught the previous day.
Day 10: Port Ludlow to Lake Union (28nm)
Up-anchored and left Port Ludlow in the morning. Motor-sailed most of the way to Shilshole, went through the Ballard locks, under 2 drawbridges, and arrived at our Lake Union moorage at 4pm.