Tuesday - July 28 - All Dressed Up But Nowhere to Go (2 NM)

The Pacific Northwest is in an actual good ole fashioned heat wave. Every year we normally get a few weeks in the low to mid 80's. We complain and cry a lot. But this year, as the saying goes, we were given something to cry about. This week the Seattle airport broke the all time record of 103 degrees. And even worse we may have broken the high mark for our low temperature. That is important since without humidity we usuall cool way down at night.

Even on Lopez, where we are surrounded by 50 to 60 degree water, our high temperatures have reached 90. So we decide to try to go sailing to beat the heat. Nothing like a nice sail to cool things off pretty quick.

Except for one thing, there wasn't any wind. But we were so desperate that we tried anyway. We were this desperate.

It will come as no surprise that we never made it out of the bay. In fact we barely made it past the Islands Marine Center dock. Eventually we rowed and sailed back towards our mooring where a very small breeze came up. So we decide to practice sailing Bolero up to the dock.

There was only enough, barely, wind for one attempt and it went pretty well. The most risk was not have enough wind to actually reach the dock. We learned a thing or two and rowed back to the mooring and put Bolero to bed.

We did have a new transient neighbor. A very nice Ericson 41.

July 28 Tides - Friday Harbor

July 28 GPS Track

2009 Sailing Summary
Sailing Days-26 / 84 (30%)
Blissful Hours of Hand Steering - 2:25 hours today & 83:31 hours for the season
Total Miles Under Sailed this Season - 307 NM