A Visit to the National Weather Bureau (NOAA)

This afternoon I went across the street from the marina here in Eureka to the local NOAA  office. These people forcast the weather for this area of the Nation. They are  responsible for the region from Pt. St George (next to Crescent City, Ca) on down to Pt...

Ghosts, Gremlins and Diesel Engines

The wind had dropped to under 5 knots so it was time to turn on the diesel – or on a sailboat, the auxiliary or iron genoa. We’d used the diesel for two days down the Columbia River, from Portland to Astoria, where we refueled adding 40 more gallons to the...
Light winds & wild women

Light winds & wild women

Okay, so we thought we’d be passing Eureka by now, but Cetacean had other ideas. We’re presently moored in Charleston (Oregon, not South Carolina) awaiting the ministrations of the local Yanmar mechanic. We left Newport on Monday, 7/16 for SF, but the iron jenny...
Light winds & wild women

Catching Up

Wednesday, 7/11/12, 6 a.m. Leave Walker Island anchorage for Astoria. The anchorage was certainly idyllic in some respects – cozy, sparkling water, lots of birds and quiet (for a while). A Kestrel or Peregrine falcon was hunting above the water nearby. The wind was...