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|Everyone with pencil and test in front of them.|
|A very attentive audience|
|Officer Jim Specht|
|Preparing for the first day out.|
|Learning to tie bowlines.|
Vince Townrow from Ullman Sails:
Vince came to the dock Friday to consult with the 12 boats that signed up. Tips were given on all sorts of sail trim issues and he checked for sail condition. He also brought a lot of swag that was given out on Saturday night after the Pot Luck
|Map for the 18 hole course at the top of the airport.|
We had a group of 8 out for a round.
There are many course in the Gulf Islands!
|We had a new event which was a sing along|
led by Pam with her Ukulele . Complete with 15 copies of lyrics and about 30 old favorite songs.
It was more fun than any of us remembered. No screen time here. Just having fun and croaking about.
|A fun day to talk about dogs and such on board our boats with veterinarian Dr Wendy Mollat|
|This sign was found near the Sculpture Garden and it applies|
to our decorated tenders!
|First place with decoration, sound system, and era appropriate costumes were Dave and Mari from Elara.|
Theme: Yellow Submarine
(Note the walrus head!)
|The cheering crowd for the Decorated Tender Parade.|
|Washington State Ferry with Monte from Linje Aquavit|
|Westward Ho theme with Hoss from Jah Mon|
|The Good Ship Lollypop|
from Sweet Emocean
|Octopus's Garden in the Sea with Dave from It's About Time.|
|Ragnar the Pillager with Nick from Ursa Minor.|
|Bubble Bath with Val and Barry on Sea Bird|
|Who could ask for better weather?|
|Over view of guest dock from shore.|
|This is Hailey, She came to the|
boats and collected money so we could all enjoy our rendezvous without
traipsing over to the marina office.
|The view from the fuel dock.|
We had 26 boats officially but there were a couple that made cameo appearances by pure karma. Two 35s were there but not officially. one having just bought the boat (a 355) and stopped there for the night and a 350 that was docked down the dock for a couple of nights. They came up for the party fun.
The boats came from both Canada and the USA. An informal poll showed 11 from Canada land and 14 from the USA. We even allowed a 1973 Cal 35, Hadley, to attend as he asked because he explained he had no one else to hang out with.... Good thing he came, as John, from Hadley, was put to work as our official photographer. Most photo credits go to him. He had to scramble to find the appropriate devices to get his photos to a computer and distributed to other attendees but he pulled it off! Hats off to Hadley!
We had boats from 22' to 47' and the size of boat made absolutely no difference to the fun being had. In 2016 we had 22 boats and so we grew the crowd a bit to 26. This was a good size for the group. Too large a crowd might make it difficult to manage but these guys were easy! All were there to relax and explore each other boats and eat too much food! Mission Accomplished!
|Cal 35 ? (Yes that is correct) with John. He was rammed|
in the fog by a 25' fishing boat at 20k on his way here.
Also he was coerced to be our photographer!
See story of ramming below.
|36' Mark and Melanie|
|42 with Captain Sonia and Greg|
|34 with Stu, who just came up the coast from San Francisco!|
|34 with Dave and Mary, so shiny it was tough to look at in the sun!|
It's About Time
|42 Captain Mike and Wendy with brother Monte and his wife Joyce|
and Jeanette in the center.
|34 with Gail and Don|
|42 with Nick and Gail who came up Puget Sound all the way|
|34 with Barry and Val and dog|
|22' with Deb and Kurt (Did they have fun??? YES!!)|
|42 with Bill, Count Ferrari, Lori and Patrick|
|320 with father Wayne and Captain Jeff|
|42 with owners Rick and Bob with two dogs|
and two guests with a fine Schnauzer.
|36 with Les and Trish, the oldest Catalina there at 1983 vintage.|
Very nice! See spinnaker with Vince above.
|Dona and Leo on their 310 all the way down from Campbell River BC|
|28 with Martin, Abby, and Wendy|
|42 with Rob and Kelsey|
Je T'aime II
|30 with Ron and Janice (she wrote the serenade done at|
the pot luck about owning a Catalina)
|47 with Tim and Pam, their first Rendezvous. Pam was our|
ukulele player for the sing along and the serenade
at the pot luck!
|42 with Sally and Warren, recently returned to the life|
|42 with Ken, Rylan, Madison and Rita, they haven't missed one yet.|
Tough boating with two little ones, coupled with finding
a rock on the way home! Not too bad of damage.
|30 with Craig and Patti, Patti saved our collective reputation|
by turning in the only 100% correct Customs and Border
|320 with Casey and Betty, They never stopped smiling!|
|42 with John and Anne, veteran rendezvousists.|
Note: IF you are planning a rendezvous, the most important thing you need to know is to contact your fleet on a near monthly basis. I started in September so owners can get their calendar set up, prepare yachts, get a dog sitter or whatever is needed.
Getting an agenda together is pretty easy if you ask your fleet for ideas. I would say you don't need a lot of structure but the social gatherings like our 'Appy Hour' is a seriously good idea. The Potluck is easy to set up too, provided you have a good gathering spot for all. Roche Harbor is the best place I have found for Rendezvous support. They provide it all for no extra cost which is a good thing for all cruisers.
A funny thing (odd) happened on the journey to the Rendezvous:
Roche Harbor cruise and Fog experience (not to mention a ramming!)…
Our cruise adventure began the morning of Thursday May 4, 2017. Reveille was at 0315 all excited to begin the adventure. Sail plan called for getting underway about 0430 following the ebb current out of Everett, around Possession Point and through Admiralty Inlet and across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to San Juan Island and Roche Harbor. Les on Mahalo made the departure time, Hadley followed about 15 minutes later.
During preparation of coffee there was one major challenge discovered for our cruise, fog right down to the deck. We had varying degrees of visibility ranging from 1/4 mile to 100 yards. Departed Everett Marina under power then turning to port down the Snohomish River towards the river entrance trying to find the green channel marker. Heavy fog made it difficult to make out Mahalo as well as the shapes of the Navy ships on the piers 150 yards away, they drifted in and out of view.
The GPS tracking on my iSailor phone app and the chart plotter were useful tools providing confidence that I was in the river channel and would find our rendezvous up ahead. Suddenly Mahalo appeared next to the Green buoy at the end of the Navy piers.
We made contact and headed out in tandem, Hadley in the lead and Mahalo to Port as escort at about 5 knots. Mahalo fired up the radar, while Hadley monitored the AIS and chart track.
We made good time and crossed the ferry route for the Mukilteo Ferry without incident. Never saw the ferries. We heard them on the VHF. We monitored them on AIS and radar but not even their lights were visible in the fog; uncomfortable to say the least.
We could hear several boaters on the VHF discussing their fishing plans and fog conditions. Even though the sky began to turn from fuzzy black to grey the fog continued, unabated, in our face. We were cruising about 4.5 knots through the water but making about 5.8 over the ground thanks to the favorable ebb current. Our sail plan met our planned waypoint track and CG navigation markers giving us all a good feeling helping to boost our navigation confidence.
We rounded Possession Point about 0700 while observing the first towing tug on AIS heading northwest approaching from our stern. Seeing it moving at about eight knots made it a priority to watch. As the fog began to lift visibility improved allowing us to increase speed to 2300 RPMs to make up time following the ebb along the southern coast of Whidbey Island. Near Useless Bay the sun finally appeared through the clouds and visibility increased from 200 yards to five miles. We basked in the morning sun warming our backs. The autopilot was a great crew. It maintained course spot on, easily handling the minor tidal currents that tried to push Hadley onto a different heading. Time for breakfast a cup of morning joe and some oatmeal to recharge my spirits.
When approaching Double Bluff there was a Kodak moment of seals sunning on the green channel buoy. At 0746, outside the Coast Guard controlled shipping lanes, the sun invited a promise of cruising Puget Sound’s marvelous venue. Sitting on the port side of the cockpit it was easy to chat about our progress with Mahalo. Sun, breakfast and cruising it doesn’t get much better. I stood, stretched, and scanned the course ahead. Out about a mile the fog was hanging low trying to obscure out progress to Roche Harbor.
I hailed Mahalo, to warn of the fog ahead and to keep a port watch while I watch to starboard. Within a few minutes we were again socked in to 50 yards visibility and back to our routine. Checking the AIS no targets in our one half nautical mile alarm circle. As I sat down I saw ahead in the fog four bright lights coming at me. Looked like the high beams on a car, four beady eyes heading for my starboard mid-ships. I had a very bad feeling. Immediately I flipped off the autopilot, turned hard over to port and advance the throttle to maximum power. I shouted fishing boat as the blurry shape took form, coming fast. I grabbed my air horn delivering five quick blasts to warn of an impeding collision. The fishing boat continued to slice through the water at high speed out of the fog towards me and Hadley. I blasted the air horn again, then suddenly the fishing boat swerved towards me, not away. We're going to hit! I again blasted the horn, grabbed the binnacle guard to brace for impending impact, then at the last second the fishing boat veered away, but too late. The fishing boat slammed into my starboard quarter about six feet from the stern.
The impact threw me towards the port side hitting the wheel and binnacle guard, bruising my right arm and middle back. Immediately I got to my feet shut down the engine then sat down in the cockpit to regain my composure. The fishing boat continued on for about another 35 to 50 yards. His excessive speed and glancing blow made it difficult for him to stop. Mahalo circled back to the fishing boat while taking photos of the fishing boat. The skipper asked if he had hit Mahalo, Les said no, you hit the boat behind you. The skipper pulled his boat up along side and we exchanged information. Driver’s licenses, boat registration number. The crew were not responsive to my questions while their skipper looked for his Driver’s license, one of them volunteered they were trying to get to the shrimp fishing grounds. The skipper was from Port Townsend and said he had gone near Whidbey Island to avoid the commercial traffic.
We separated and I examined my boats damage. The hull looked sound, it was still seaworthy. No leaks but some damage to the rub rail and fiberglass on the starboard quarter above the waterline. The aluminum trim on the stern was ripped away and hanging in the air, but all looked ok. Mahalo came by. We discussed the situation and I said let’s continue to Roche Harbor.
When we arrived at Roche Harbor, I met with the local Border Patrol. After discussing the event, the Agent recommended I call the Coast Guard 13th District Investigative Office. The Petty Officer on watch asked that I submit an incident report to their office.
Tuesday morning the 9th I got a message back that they considered it a local issue. This incident needs to be reported to the State using the State Boating Accident Form. Reports must be submitted to the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction where the accident occurred. If you are not sure what agency has the authority, contact the Washington State Boating Program by email or call 360-902-8555.
TAKE PHOTOS of everything and person. Cell phone cameras are great. Having a friend and sailing partner wingman, PRICELESS!
The Fishing boat Captain did not know who he hit nor slow down when I blew the horn warning. The way the boat came through the fog it looked like no one was at the wheel. Possibly they were operating the boat via autopilot. The speed of the boat in such severe fog conditions made it impossible for the unattended helm to respond to the impending collision. The speed factored into no reaction time from awareness to contact.
Damage to the Fishing boat seemed limited to one of the four led running lights on the starboard bow.
What could I have done differently? Not much. We were sounding our fog horn, scanning the water ahead, monitoring our navigation aids, (AIS, radar, electronic and printed charts) and had an air horn in the cockpit ready to be used. We knew where we were and the location of our escort boat. We were progressing at moderate rate of speed consistent with the conditions. Crew was on watch and able to act to save the boat and life.
Turning the boat hard over to port gave the best chance of avoiding a collision. Regulations state that when two boats are heading towards each other, they should alter course to starboard passing port to port.
That maneuver, however, would have resulted in a head on collision. With the fishing boat already on my starboard side, the only possible alternative was to alter course hard over to port. Should you be unfortunate enough to experience a similar incident it is important that you collect as much evidence as possible including pictures and exchanging personal information about the skipper and their vessel.
The agenda for 2017:
Points to note:
It will include:
Suggestions for the contents of a good first aid kit; and how to use it.
Some travel medicine and a list of medications that should be on board.
The talk will be practical ,interactive, and might include some humor.
|Jah Mon's entry. Viking theme with Patrick cruising for pillaging.|