We actually got off the dock just before 9Am, with the tide - yea! With light wind, we motor sailed up to Kingston, where we could begin to sail. What a sweet trip. Steve and Elsie passed us on the way down the Hood Canal. Mike and Sheryl had a windlass problem, and we rafted, drifting till we could get the anchor up. The Coast Guard removed the range marks, and I apologize to all the folks I told to look for them. Soon the boats were coming in, new ones, Serine, San Juander, Lauren Nadine, Shearwater, and old friends we haven't seen in years, like Norwegian Steam, and Flexible Flyer. We had a total of 16 boats at Port Gamble, 3 Coho boats; s/v Manna, s/v Alabama, and s/v Severance. Of course there was a fine potluck meal or two, with lots of good stories, but Bob didn't get to tell his joke. Some folks made it to town, while others worked on boat projects. There were 6 North anchors and 3 South anchors, but not all at the same time, as folks came and left. Vintage visited but didn’t raft, and Flying Circus had electrical issues, needed a dinghy ride for crew (Thanks Curtis) and were invited to join the raft in time for dinner. When the raft broke up late Monday morning, we did a bit of anchor wrangling, and sailed up to Foul Weather Bluff in four tacks! We had a delightful sail back down the sound with the race boats returning from Swiftsure. Off Point No Point, we crossed jibes with Jerry on Dorothy, another PSCC ex-commodore. We spent a sweet sunset evening in Port Madison, and returned Tuesday morning. It sprinkled, but the real rain filled in later- welcome back to Seattle.
What a great PSCC trip! Thanks all! (Click on a image below for a "slide show" - arrow keys work well.)