An Afternoon on Possession Sound

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Possession Sound

Possession Sound is the body of water bounded by Whidbey Island to the west and the shore of Snohomish county to the east.  It was claimed by George Vancouver for England during his exploration of the area on June 3, 1792.  The Tulalip people were the local residents.  The Snohomish river flows into the sound on the east and the sound opens to the Puget Sound basin to the south around Mukilteo.  Along the eastern shore of Whidbey Island is the Saratoga passage bounded on the east by Camano Island.  This passage provides an opening to the Straits of San Juan da Fuca via Deception Pass.  Transiting this area requires tide timing since the current my reach 6 kts at times.

On Thursday with a forecast of 10-15kts from the south east the crew of S/V Duck Soup slipped the lines of Duck Soup and we ghosted out of the marina for an afternoon of pleasure, conversation, & friendship.  It was what I’ve come to regard as ideal fall sailing weather.  Gray, chilly, rainy and good winds.  If I come wearing my foulies and rubber boots, a sun break is a bonus surprise!

Scott Selby & Wayne Porter

Scott Selby & Wayne Porter

With Scott as the skipper, in his cheerful yellow foulies,  we headed out of the channel and south west toward Hat Island.  The smiles reflect the quality of the day for the crew.   Cold, rainy, good winds!  The perfect day.

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Hat Island

With Hat Island off the starboard we turned south west towards Puget Sound.

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Mukilteo Clinton Ferry

As we zipped along on an autumnal breeze with Whidbey to our right and Mukilteo off the port we passed astern the ferry.

Mukilteo Ferry

With the knowledge that the ebb was coming and the light waining we came about and started our  return north to the marina.

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Port of Everett

A quintessential afternoon that brought smiles, good conversations, and friendship.  Below is a brief video of segments from the day.  Click on the link below to view the smiles.   Be well….

Blakely Rock Chili Race

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Last Sunday was the annual Blakely Rock Chili Race hosted by the Seattle Sailing Club.  Start time was around 09:45 hrs with boats finishing from 12:10 hrs to about 15:00 hrs.  There were five boats each about 35 feet in length that completed the 12 nm trip to Blakely Rock and back to Shilshole marina.  There were two parts to the event.  Who would finish first in the return to Shilshole with cooked chili from the boat galley.   The chili needed to be still in the pot.  All crews manage to yell down to the cook prior to jibing or tacking.

At 09:45 the fleet left and headed for Blakely Rock with 10 to 15 kts coming down from the NE.  S/V Avalanche, a J105, took off flying a spinnaker followed by S/V Totoro, La Dolce  Vita, Astrea, and Otava.

DSCN0316_edited-1After we got ourselves organized on Dolce Vita we  started coming up on the stbd side of  Totoro as we both headed downwind at 7-8kts towards West Point. Avalanche was further downwind flying her kite & ripping along.

DSCN0340_edited-1Avalanche could be seen up in the distance approaching Blakely Rock.  We were about a mile behind them as we approached the southern tip of Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Island ferry to SeattleWe kept an eye on the Seattle/Bainbridge ferry as it came out but were safely ahead and on our way to rounding Blakely Rock.

DSCN0345_edited-1The boat rounding the rock may have been one of ours.   I’m not certain since we were starting a stbd jib to round the rock.

DSCN0347 We rounded into the wind pointing at Magnolia bluff and heading home for West Point and then Shilshole marina.  We crossed the finish line at about 12:20 hrs.

DSCN0323 Our happy crew of Michael Good, Judy, and I were led by David Jade.

David Jade on S/V Dolce Vita That would be David at the helm.   Great job David!

After the race everyone gathered at the office for beer, soft drinks, water, chili, chips & COOKIES!  Margaret P was voted best chili.   A cold day but great sun, wind and fellow sailors.   A lovely time.