Mother Nature seems to have flipped the switch that starts the transition from Summer to Fall. There is that 'feeling' in the air that says cooler and wetter days are coming. SWALLOW, Dave and Momma Kitty have returned to the US and are now in the San Juan Islands. Coming through customs was a non-event … Continue reading The weather change
Went to Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, and was able to sail most of the trip. Departed Annette Inlet, Prevost Island, expecting to have a good strong northerly. Nope, it was a light northerly. Was able to sail a good distance and as the wind fell to nothing had a great lift along the Saltspring Island shore. … Continue reading Some sailing
A few days ago I didn't feel as if the anchor set well - just a feeling on how SWALLOW moved while backing down on the anchor. I watched her swing and checked the GPS to see if she was staying put. She was. For few hours yesterday mid-afternoon it blew in the low to … Continue reading Anchor sets
The weather remains non-typical: mostly southerly and strong for the season. This isn't a bad thing as there has been more rain (than last year), average temperatures (cooler than last year) and fewer forest fires. I've been able to sail quite a bit - which is kinda' the point of having a sailboat as a … Continue reading Different wind
Came across an interesting article about food on the old tall ships: The Grim Food Served on 17th-Century Sea Voyages Wasn’t All Bad - https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ship-food-research-recreation-beer https://assets.atlasobscura.com/article_images/48327/image.jpg I believe that the food prepared on SWALLOW is more appetizing! Dinner: oysters, broccoli and a beer.
Wonderful sail yesterday going from Port Browning, North Pender Island BC, to Annette Inlet, Prevost Island BC. Wind blowing 5-15kts and gusting maybe 18kts at times. Leaving P. Browning the unsettled wind was 10-12kts gusting 15kts channeled east into the Browning and Plumper Sound over South Pender Island. I raised the main with one reef … Continue reading Momma Kitty can’t take pictures
So far 2019, in my opinion, has had cooler and windier days than normal. Most definitely compared to last year; which was dryer and hotter than normal. More wind means more sailing, so that is nice. Last night a good blow came through the central Gulf Islands. At times SWALLOW was heeled over enough to … Continue reading Wind