PMYC Cruise Admiral Kim Esterberg sent out a notice to the cruising group that we’d be leaving at 12:00 on May 16 which created a hard deadline for leaving. For us that was probably good to get us out the door. Some friends came down to the dock to see us off. Brian O’neil appeared at exactly 12:00 and started untying line so it seemed we had to go. Several boats sailed out with us including Tumblehome, Woodwind, Morning Star, and Moore Uffda. Ben and Jenn sailed over from Seattle to “chop” our dock lines. Unfortunately, we couldn’t let Ben take an axe to our relatively new lines. Dan Taylor also escorted us out of the harbor in his cool new power boat.
We were blessed with a nice SE 8 knots for an easy broad reach up to our first destination–Kingston. It was a perfect chance to try using our newly installed wind vane. Putting the rudder on the vane while underway was challenging but the scoop transom made it doable. Once set up, we locked the main rudder and let the vane steer. It worked! Far exceeded our expectations on all points of sail. Much better than the autopilot for not wandering back and forth and for maintaining sail trim and course relative to the wind. Can’t wait to do some more challenging passages with it.
Salish Spirit, Moya, Intuition and Wild Horses also joined us in Kingston along with a whole bunch of sailors who piloted their land yachts up for the evening. It was a really fun event that Kim and Ela put together in typical Port Madison style, kinda laid back and not over planned, just the way we like it. Marlene took charge & commandeered a picnic shelter for the group and the party had a place to gather and spread out the delicious potluck items.
Thanks everyone for coming up to see us off. We had a really great time and will miss this community of sailors. And, this was our last going away party–we promise. From here we’re heading to Port Townsend to complete some electronic installations like the AIS (Automated ship finder) and Pactor modem (for email over the ham radio). Then north.