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Continuation of Umiak Delivery From Vancouver to Olympia.

Posted in S/V Margo Posts on 19 August 2013 by Capt.JerrySte

Ganges Harbour, Saltspring Island, British Columbia, CanadaDeparted Ganges at 0943 on 21 July 2013. Noticed Jim Wilcox had tied up at the breakwater in S/V Roy. He was having to wait for parts so I wished him well and headed south. As we neared Friday Harbor on the west side of San Juan Island, I got word that Chon and Mikki were leaving for home so I decided to just continue to Port Townsend. we hit some rough water then the fog rolled in…

Fog in the Straits

Fog in the Straits

Once fully engulfed in the fog the RADAR decided to stop working.  We had a tense several hours and narrowly avoided a collision, thanks to AIS, until we finally broke out of the fog around 1700. That was just in time to spot an upside down inflatable dinghy with a 30HP Mercury outboard attached at approx. N48-18.652 W122-56.944. I called the Coast Guard(CG) who asked me to take it in tow which I did but we were unable to turn it right-side up.  The CG were in contact with the owner of the dinghy, Peter Jacobsen, who was staying the night in Port Townsend(PT). We talked on the phone a few times in between talking to the US Customs agent in PT.  Very long story short, we cheated death yet again, cleared Customs with an ass chewing for showing up on Sunday AND very late, turned the dinghy over to Peter and his crew then had a nice belt of single malt before hitting the sack.

22 July 2013 – 0814 departed the fuel dock in PT, Boat Haven Marina where we tied up the previous evening to clear Customs. The marina manager said we could stay there till morning as long as we left early enough.

0747 – listened to a PanPan from the CG regarding an overturned canoe with nine people in the water at location N48-11.281 W122-52.146 outside Point Wilson. It was very foggy and there seemed to be plenty of boats answering the call so we continued east then south heading for Tacoma Yacht Club for the night. I was very disappointed about the unprofessional handling of the overturned canoe incident by the CG. There was a LOT of confusion, even to the pint that somehow word had gotten out that the emergency was cancelled, then it wasn’t… The CG finally deployed a boat to the scene at 0915!! Probably a full two hours after the people went into the water! Maybe transferring the CG to DHS has negatively affected the Coast Guard…  We learned at 1040 that all persons in the water had been rescued.

1729 – Tied up at the Tacoma Yacht Club (TYC) guest dock. Had friends over for wine and snacks.

23 July 2013 – Very foggy and have decided to delay casting off since we were going to pass through the Tacoma Narrows and reluctant to do so in the fog with no RADAR.

1101 – Start engine

1105 – Cast off. Still foggy but using the horn long blast every two minutes.

1131 – Broke out of the fog as we entered the Narrows.

1212 – Passed under the Narrows Bridges.

1534 – Tied up at “F” dock, Swantown Marina, Olympia, WA. Offloaded Umiak, gave away supplies to live-aboards designated by Umiak owners and got a ride to Tacoma for further transfer home.

Posted in Miscellaneous, S/V Margo Posts on 12 July 2012 by Capt.JerrySte

3 July: My son Gregg brought his son Graham to visit for the first time in quite a while. We went sailing (really motoring) to Gig Harbor with some of my crew and SSYC members to watch Music in the Park. We then went up for ice cream at Kelly’s. Everyone had a great time. Graham seemed to really like his first time on the boat.

4 July: We went sailing along Ruston Way and met Silver Breeze with Laura and Bob Crews and some other members of their family aboard. We went home for dinner then back to TYC  to watch the Freedom Fair fireworks from shore. We could see the fireworks from various cities up and down Puget Sound. It was quite a display. We left the girls, Molly and Mocha, home and wished we had brought them with us. They were petty traumatized by the neighborhood fireworks.

5 July: Jane and I went racing with Tom Davis and others from our shared crew in the Mid Sound Summer Social which is a six week charity event which includes sailboat racing, raffles and food. It’s for the benefit of Hospitality House in Burien and eht Des Moines food bank.

6 July: Gregg, Graham, Jane and I went to Seattle for some touristy stuff. Parking was a real pain and expensive. we went to Pike Place Market, the piers, the Locks where we saw a bunch of sockeye in the fish ladder, Shilshole Bay Marina and various other landmarks. We smoked a beautiful Sockeye filet that I got at Northern Fish on Ruston Way. We also smoked some chicken breasts.

7 July: Graham, Jane, Molly, Mocha and I went to Laura and Bob Crews’ home  for dinner where we had salmon and many other wonderful dishes. Best of all was the great company and the kids that Graham thoroughly enjoyed himself playing with. The girls were really tired when they got home.

8 July:  Jane and I went to church then we kind of just hung out much of the day until dinner time. Debbie Elliott came over and we grilled some steaks, had a great salad Debbie brought then some Ice cream that she also brought.

9 July:  Gregg and Graham caught a Frontier Airlines plane home to Denver / Aurora. I dropped them at SeaTac at 0720. I worked some issues on a sailboat I am brokering then went home. We had a SSYC dance and meeting that evening. Signed up several people to go Tuesday for Music in the Park in Gig Harbor. (Elvis impersonator).

26 – 28 June 2012

Posted in Miscellaneous, S/V Margo Posts, Seattle Singles YC (SSYC) on 28 June 2012 by Capt.JerrySte

Gig Harbor Music 26Jun12

Tuesday: Four SSYC members, three crew and two friends enjoyed good food, music and great company at Music in the Park in Gig Harbor, WA.

Wednesday: Spent much of the day working to get a sea trial and survey on a Catalina 30. Then met my crew at Johnny’s Dock for an adult beverage. Also met a new friend who I was going to take sailing. Since my hernia surgery was moved up to 0800 this morning I changed my mind about sailing but hooked him up with friends on a  very competitive race boat named Gardyloo. He’s a new sailor and he enjoyed himself with a bunch of fun-loving, enthusiastic young people.

Thursday: Underwent my hernia surgery this morning. My little 65 lb labradoodle, Mocha, jumped on the site while I was taking a nap. Hurt like heck!! Hope there isn’t any damage.

Three Tree Point Annual Charity Event

Posted in Miscellaneous, S/V Margo Posts on 25 June 2012 by Capt.JerrySte


Yesterday, 24 June 2012, S/V Margo participated in the annual Boats for Beds event hosted by Three Tree Point YC. The weather cooperated, we had really light winds but no rain. There was lots of food and drink, both adult and otherwise and wonderful company. The wind was very light but enough to get everyone around the course within the hour and a half time limit. A few boats did run their engines  but nobody gave them too much grief. After the race there was a great dinner and more camaraderie before heading back to our home marinas. A fun day for all which raised a great deal of money for Hospitality House.

Sailing on Wed 20 Jun 2012

Posted in S/V Margo Posts with tags , on 22 June 2012 by Capt.JerrySte

After my doctor’s appointment, it was too late to go racing so I gathered up Cindy Craig, Jane Montague and Suzette Butler and went sailing on Margo. It was a gorgeous evening. Left the dock around 1930 and sailed over to the race area in front of Tyee Marina just in time to see some of the last finishers. The wind was about 10kts and the sea conditions were just ripples.