The Sailing Vessel Apropos
San Juan Islands Trip
August 8-16, 2009
Destination: San Juan Islands
Crew: Jim, Karen, Jacintha, Brady, Amanda
Took the boat through the locks on Friday evening so we could get an early start on Saturday. Departed at hight tide (7:30am) with positive current all the way up to Admiralty Inlet. Reached Port Townsend at noon so decided to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca with light southerly winds. Sailed, motor-sailed, then motored to arrive at Cypress Island at 7pm. After tying to a mooring ball, went ashore and hiked around. Jacintha had fun running to keep up with Brady and Amanda.
Day 2: Cypress Island to Sucia Island (19nm)
Day 3: Sucia Island to Lopez Island (21nm)
Day 4: Lopez Island to Jones Island (10nm)
Day 5: Jones Island to Stuart Island (21nm)
Had another great sail under sunny skies. Decided to go around Stuart Island counterclockwise before going into Reid Harbor and had good wind sailing down Haro Strait. Didn't spot any whales this time, just lots of dolphins. Anchored in Reid Harbor, then took the inflatable to shore for a hike to the old schoolhouse, something we do every time we are on Stuart Island. The kids had fun with the rope swing along the way. We checked out the library at the old schoolhouse. Brady carried Jacintha when she was too tired to walk on the way back to the boat. Ate ribs and corn for dinner. Later Cap'n 'Deadliest Catch' took his single crab trap in the dinghy and motored away from all the boats to drop the trap in about 50' of water for an overnight soak.
Day 6: Stuart Island to San Juan Island (4nm)
Day 7: San Juan Island to Shaw Island (13nm)
Left the dock at 1pm and motored to where the crab pot was placed the night before. With Karen at the helm, we drifted slowly towards the float and used the boat hook to snag the float and pull the trap up and onto the deck--2more crabs! We motored then sailed to Blind Bay at the north end of Shaw Island under sunny skies and light winds. We hooked a mooring buoy and took the dinghy over to Blind Island, which is a small (about 1 acre) rocky island with tall grass, blackberries, and a single crab apple tree on the top. The kids had a blast running around the island playing hide and seek. Back at the boat we had a nice crab dinner with garlic mashed potatoes. After dinner, we dropped the crab pot in 30' of water, used the solar shower on deck, and had a relaxing evening.
Day 8: Shaw Island to Port Ludlow (45nm)
Woke up at 6am to get an early start for the long passage down Georgia Strait, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and down Admiralty Inlet to Port Ludlow. The crab pot had a single Red Rock Crab. Hit turbulent water going into Juan de Fuca (aka Wanna Puka) and Jacintha got seasick. Motored across the strait, which eventually flattened out, then put up the sails going down Admiralty Inlet under sunny skies. Stayed on the dock at Port Ludlow and walked to a sandy beach where the kids had fun exploring. Amanda was fascinated with a dead crab! Back at the boat we had a spaghetti dinner and toasted marshmallows for smores for dessert. Karen cooked the Red Rock crab for tomorrow. Watched Kung Fu Panda before going to bed.
Day 9: Port Ludlow to Lake Union (27nm)
With a short sail ahead of us, we had a relaxing morning. Outside of Port Ludlow we hit a nice north-westerly which made for some great sailing above deck. Below deck was a different story with the boat healed over 20 degrees! Made good time crossing Puget Sound and reached the Ballard Locks by 4pm. Motored the rest of the way through the canal and into Lake Union to complete a 9-day cruise with a family of 5 aboard s/v Apropos.
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