Friday, June 2, 2017 – Bowman Bay to Deer Harbor
We left Bowman Bay with a South wind behind us. It gave us the opportunity to sail at a run and with only the Jib hoisted (no main). Eventually we lost the wind and started motoring with sail assist.
In Lopez channel, we saw what looked like a piece of wood, but as we got closer, we realized it was a seal that seemed injured or stuck on something. At the same time, a Ferry was heading right toward it, so we started circling the seal to protect it from the Ferry.
After quite a while, it suddenly dove back under the water. We still aren’t sure what happened. It might have just been sunbathing.
We continued motoring and I took over the helm as we approached Harney Strait, with Shaw Island at our Port. I looked down and noticed the RPM gauge said zero and the engine temperature was quickly rising. We shut the engine down, and sailed slowly through the strait while John investigated and fixed the wire that had broken and tightened the alternator arm. Before starting the motor again, we decided to take the opportunity to practice controlled jibes before finishing our trip to Deer Harbor.
On the way into the Harbor, we saw sea planes taking off and landing. Once we reached the harbor, we had the chance to practice docking and we learned how to pump out the holding tank. Then we moved to a temporary slip while we went for a walk and took showers. Before our walk, John bought us ice cream cones. I had peanut butter cup and Eric had salted caramel. It was delicious! We walked along the island up to a point where we watched a seal feasting on a school of fish. We also stopped to help a goat who was tangled in a net at a boat yard. We walked back to the marina and took long (7-minute) showers at their very nice shower facilities. We cut up all the left-over veggies and made spring rolls and sweet potato fries for dinner before going to bead early.
Deer Harbor was the most peaceful anchorage we had – until about 2am when the bilge alarm went off and ripped us out of our sleep. John came to our cabin and helped fix the problem. We went back to sleep and not an hour later, the alarm went off again! This time, John tacked the bilge pump out of the water so that it wouldn’t go off the rest of the night. Eric and I giggled to each other, as we realize that this is the reality of living on a boat. Things happen, and you deal with them. After that excitement, we slept peacefully.
Saturday, June 3, 2017 – Deer Harbor to Friday Harbor
We slept until 8am and woke to Coffee and Oatmeal with cinnamon and nuts. We hoisted anchor and I was at the helm as we motored back to Friday Harbor.
What an amazing journey! We drove to town with hopes of Paiea at Saturday Market, but sadly the Paiea vendor wasn’t there that day. We enjoyed sandwiches and chips before taking a walk back to Alethea. We sadly gathered our belongings and headed back to town. We had enough time to enjoy one last pint before catching the Ferry back to Anacortes.
We had such an incredible adventure in the San Juan Islands and would definitely recommend the San Juan Cruise & Learn with John and Kathleen to anyone who wants to have an educational liveaboard sailing experience! Be sure to subscribe to our blog to read more about what we’ve been doing since last May. Thanks for following our journey from landlubbers to cruisers!!