Wednesday, July 10, 2013

2013 - New Northbound Journeys Aboard Jarana

We spent the 2012-2013 winter living ashore in Seattle in a cozy and convenient apartment belonging to my cousin Joanne.  In March, Bill started boat projects in earnest:  he re-insulated part of the refrigerator, then hauled and painted the boat and replaced the standing rigging.  This was followed up with engine work including new motor mounts, rebuilt injectors, new oil cooler, and a general cleanup.  It was a big, expensive project.  KaChing!!!!

But Bill also had good times sailing on Double Take on Round the County, Puget Sound races and Swiftsure, Neptune's Car on the Oregon Offshore and Night Runner on part of the VanIsle race.

In May, we gave up the apartment and moved back aboard.  After a few nice  weekends with friends at Port Madison, Winslow and Port Blakely. Jarana left Seattle for points north on June 26th.  Some highlights were: 

Friday Harbor with friends Werners
Henry Island (heavenly)
Victoria, with cruiser friends Marchants and Ellsays
Sidney with Seth Seigal and Mary Doherty

After a quick stopover at Nanaimo, we're now cruising the Broughton Islands and further north into British Columbia (BC) with Roger & Lynne Werne.   We visited Tribune Bay, Cortes Island, Shoal Bay, Forward Inlet, Harvey Bay, and Potts Lagoon.  Tonight we're at Sointula, a pleasant village on Malcolm Island.  They marina provides bright pink bicycles, so we took a ride.

A couple days ago, we had a great sail up Johnstone Strait with a pod of porpoises.  The winds have been mainly northerly, and mainly sunny skies... no rain so far!  Amazing!
Today, we saw a small whale we couldn't identify and eagles fishing near Alert Bay.

Bill chills in Johnstone Strait
Sorry no dolphin photos.  Only Bill would hold still enough.

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