Booking on Down To Brookings

The Newport marina holds about 500 boats. I think 400 of them left the dock on Wed. morning, same time as us. The TUNA ARE IN. Literally in, just off the Newport jetty. Very unusual. Any one with a skiff and a pole was out there dragging them in. It was also foggy so leaving without running over one of them was a challenge. Really wished we could join them. A little sushi sounds pretty good.
We fortunately had a nice calm day, unfortunately, we had a nice calm day/night/day. All motor, no sail. We tried 1 hour watches. one on, two off. The hour went fast, but 2 hours was too short to nap. Next one we’ll do 2 on, 4 off.
During the night, the moon was nearly full and bright. Absolutely beautiful. Off Cape Blanco the Yacht America showing up on AIS overtaking us. Just the two of us out there “night fighting”–a replica of the original America’s Cup. In the end, they were able to get by us (not my watch). I was going to request some Grey Poupon. Oh well, we’ll have another Chance in San Diego-home base.
WHALES, HOLY CRAP, THEY”RE UNDER US. Righty after the moon went down, I was below-not sleeping-when I felt the boat shudder about the same time I heard my dad swear loudly. He was startled by a (grey we think) whale blowing directly behind the boat at the same time he saw one on the surface 20 ‘ to the side. Yikes!! I think we either brushed one or the turbulence from a swift tail kick caused the boat to shudder. But either way that is way too close for comfort. I checked the bilge for water right away–none, thank our lucky stars, I think that funny shaped keel of ours is just too attractive to marine mammals,. Dolphins fine, but hold the whales please.
We arrived at Brookings at 10:00 in the morning, crossed the bar, pulled right up the the gas dock and were immediately boarded by the Coast Guard. We passed believe it or not. I think this is going to happen a lot because all these coastal harbors have Coast Guard stations and, in this nice weather, not enough to do. Oh well, they’re always very courteous unlike many of our Customs Officials–especially Bob’s “buddy” from Bedwell Harbor.
Spent 3 days really getting to know Brookings. Probably 45 minutes would have sufficed but we wanted to really “drill-down”. Actually, the “Big Storm” kept us there as well. Getting around Cape Blanco got us out of the main path, we saw only 20 knots of wind. Back up at Newport they were seeing 50.
Brookings is a great place and harbor, physically, but the port is unbelievably poorly run and looks very shabby. Too bad, it could be so much more. But there are a ton of places to eat and drink right by the marina. And at $25 a night, you can afford to eat out a bit. We were paying double or even triple that last summer up north.

This taken just before the moon set off Cape Blanco and the whales gave us a close encounter

This taken just before the moon set off Cape Blanco and the whales introduced  us to a close encounter of the sphincter clenching kind.

The Brookings bar on our arrival at 10:00 AM, all smooth.

The Brookings bar on our arrival at 10:00 AM, all smooth.

The Brookings bar with marina on the left. Easy bar in most conditions

The Brookings bar with marina on the left. Easy bar in most conditions

Now here's a tropical scene. The Blue Water diner, our new favorite restaurant.

Now here’s a tropical scene. The Blue Water diner, our new favorite restaurant.

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