Damn it is cold for this time of year! A year ago I was doing touch-up paint and varnish on SWALLOW. This year it has been overcast, chilly-to-cold, and rainy. This unseasonably chilly and wet pattern starting in the late spring and really never changed. Yes it was warmer in August but not the usual … Continue reading Bundled up
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
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
Just spending time on the hook. Relearning how to just relax and be in the moment. After the months spent in the boat yard, with each day having multiple tasks to be done, it is a transition to just taking it easy. After a couple of days at Hunter Bay sailed north a few miles … Continue reading Enjoying the quiet
I, Momma Kitty and SWALLOW have cut the docklines at Port Townsend and are again cruising the Salish Sea! The Honda outboard received a new carburator after it was determined the idle jet had clogged. All fuel on SWALLOW is fresh, the limiting factor being how fresh the has is at marinas, there is a … Continue reading Out and about
Another one of those amazing things that happens when spending time on the water - whale spotting! I saw this humpback whale feeding near Tolvia Shoal south of Tacoma Narrows. It is rare to find humpbacks this far south in Puget Sound. It was inspiring to watch this giant creature calmly swimming through these inland … Continue reading Whale!
I experienced something that I didn't expect in Puget Sound - dolphins swimming in SWALLOW'S bow wave. YES! Dolphins in Puget Sound. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpk8DyTjWwu/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=7pygoiw52lg8 It seems there is a small group of Long-beaked Common Dolphins in South Puget Sound. Details - Unusual marine mammal sighting: long-beaked common dolphins This group is significantly out of the species … Continue reading Amazing day