Our Memorial Day Weekend cruise did not turn out as we had planned, but that is the beauty of cruising. Three of us were anxious to get an early start on the long journey to Tacoma, so Salish Spirit and Moya spent Friday night at Blake Island. Woodwind and Pelican spent the night in Blakely Harbor. Saturday morning we got up to overcast skies and a building southerly. As Woodwind rounded Restoration Point and headed into the heavy seas and wind on her nose, it was time for a call to our fellow sailors on Blake Island. Our plan would change, and our new destination would be Edmonds, which gave us a good long downhill ride in 15 to 25 knots.
Woodwind sailed on jib and mizzen and that was all she needed, as we slid off wave after wave. We got our sails down and lost the mizzen halyard as we were going into Edmonds, but fortunately there was good space at the Edmonds Yacht Club reciprocal moorage, and room for both Moya and Salish Spirit as well. They came in shortly after we arrived.
Right away we realized there was nearby company, with a big sea lion, nearly asleep on the dock. We took a walk around and saw some very interesting craft, before we sent Thomas up to the top of Woodwind's mizzen to re-thread the halyard. This young lad has been cruising with us almost his whole life, and we appreciated his help.
Back aboard Salish Spirit, we gathered for another meal of delicious spot prawns from our Shakedown cruise. On Sunday Lubica joined us and we had a great party aboard Salish Spirit, while the Witty's pet looked on.
Monday the wind was light out of the north and we made a leisurely run back to Port Madison, with everything up, on a bright sunny day. It had been quite an adventure for just a few days away.
Your Cruise Admiral, Kim