Saturday, July 1, 2017

Arrival, Sacrifice, Change of Plan


The trek from homeport to Sucia island was rather uneventful. We took the route along the east side of Guemes and Sinclair Island to avoid currents in Rosario and Bellingham Channel. As we rounded over the top of Sinclair, we were able to sail, a nice reach in 15 knot winds, on realtively flat water, nearly the entire way to Sucia. The boat did a reasonable 6-7 knots under sail with some significant weather helm, which is pretty good for this boat. Transit time was about five hours.

Sacrifice (to King Neptune)

We entered Shallow Bay on Sucia Island, our planned stop. While not quite "full", all buoys were occupied and a few boats were anchored. We proceeded to survey the bottom and found a nice spot in ten feet of water. The first set of the anchor seemed normal when, as we were backing down, the anchor was felt to "pop" from its set. No matter, happens all the time. But successive attempts found the anchor not wanting to bite. Pulling up the anchor revealed the problem: anchor gone! Turns out the stainless swivel added connecting the chain to the anchor had been corroding and ultimately broke under the stressof the pull. We have a spare Danforth, but I was not wanting to start the weekend havng to repair things. We left Shallow Bay in search of  mooring buoy.

Change Of Plan

We rounded over the top of Sucia Island to drop down into Ewing Cove, which now has four mooring buoys (years ago there had been only two). Turns out there were two buoys unoccupied, another boat was already heading for one, so we engaged pursuit of the second. We felt this spot ideal as, we have need been to Ewing Cove and, it is far away from the weekend crowds adjacent in Echo Bay (which would be our next option).

With that we were set in for the night. Schooner, the new crewdog, did well. Time to give thoughts on the next anchor.

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