Sailing the San Juan Islands – Day 3

-By Kimberly

Monday, May 29, 2017 – Mackaye Harbor to Port Townsend

Kayaking around Mackaye Harbor.

The morning started with eggs and waffles for breakfast before we launched the kayaks and explored the harbor a bit.  We tied the kayaks up to the public dock and took a walk on the island.  When we returned to the kayaks, the tide had gone out enough that they weren’t in the water anymore! We tried to carry them into the water, but wound up having to carry them down to a beach that would give us a better launch.  Upon return to the boat, we pulled up the anchor and headed out.

Kimberly at the helm as we crossed the Strait of San Juan de Fuca.

Our plan was to cross the Strait of San Juan De Fuca.  The weather was calling for gale force winds, and fortunately the weather was wrong.  We were

Eric at the helm as we crossed the Strait of San Juan de Fuca.

blessed with beautiful, moderate winds that allowed us to have another amazing day of sailing. At one point, I looked at John and said, “I think we’re heeling too much.”. His response was, “You know what I just heard? That we need to reef the main.” So we did!  It was a good experience to reef under stronger winds than we normally have when racing.



As we approached the Point Wilson light house, Eric was at the helm.  The water got very rough because of the two currents meeting each other at that point.  Eric handled it all great – with a huge smile on his face!

Eric enjoying the challenging sail time.
Eric having fun at the helm.








We reached Port Townsend under heavy winds, and decided it would be worth paying for a slip in the marina that night.  After eating dinner and moving Alethea to a slip, we walked into town.  We stopped at a pub called Sirens to enjoy a beer.  We were tickled by our waitress, Bailey who started singing to us.  We later joked that she was just like a Siren – luring sailors away from their boats with her voice. We stopped at a restored movie theater and got some ice cream before heading back to the Marina for showers and bed time.  Another wonderful day was complete!

Seals on a buoy outside Port Townsend.
Is that the Aflac duck on our boat? Nope – just a winch handle stored in a dorade vent!
Light Blue Track = Approximate Route – Day 3.

2 thoughts on “Sailing the San Juan Islands – Day 3”

  1. WOW! Nice! Obviously I found your site. Sah-weeeeet! Reading the Straits of Juan de Fuca and San Juan Island parts REALLY brought back memories. I hope you keep adding to your blog. Even though it doesn’t seem like folks are reading it, they actually are. Thank you.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Larry! Glad you’re enjoying it so far. We hope you will join us at some point in our journey!

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