After a hearty breakfast at the Blue Moon Cafe in Port Townsend the captain and crew said farewell to fellow crew member and new friend Byron Shirley of Denison Yachts and cast off lines for the Strait of Juan de Fuca. After reentering the northbound shipping lane the Swift Trawler 47 accelerated smoothly to 20kts and settled in for the run up to Neah Bay. As the early morning fog lifted to reveal a bluebird day the miles rolled by under sunny skies and moderate seas.
After pulling into the fuel dock at Neah Bay the crew topped off the tanks under the austere watch of a pair of bald eagles.
The mood on the boat was anticipatory as ST47 headed into the open swell of the Pacific and the rounding of Cape Flattery. With 10-12’ rollers on the nose the Swift Trawler unflinchingly climbed and descended with the interval until rounding the lateral mark and starting the downhill run.
As sun began to set the crew was treated on several occasions by grey whales breaching within 100 yards of the vessel and then spy hopping to get a second look as the Swift breezed by.
As the sun dropped below the horizon the crew prepared for night operations and set the watch schedule. Current route plan has us scheduled to cross the Newport bar on the flood tide Monday late morning.
-- Captain Jackson Willett