Sucia Island Adventure Concluded

Wednesday morning, as my husband and son were eating breakfast at their campsite in Ewing Cove, they could see that a storm from the southwest, a cloud mass rising over Orcas Island, would soon be upon them. Not wanting to wait an unknown period of time for the storm to pass, they quickly rolled up their sleeping bags, took down their tent and stowed everything back in the little Pelican sailboat.

Rick told me the wind was about 15 miles per hour from the southeast. Needing to travel northeast, and not wanting to be pushed over by the driving wind, they used only their little jib sheet to sail rapidly across the Strait of Georgia. Seth was impressed by the waves, which were perhaps seven feet high from trough to crest. This return trip, with the driving wind, took only two hours, as compared with the three hour trip on the way over.

Once the guys approached Whitehorn Point, right before Birch Bay, they had to put up their main sheet in order to point into the wind and reach their desired destination. This took lots of diligence, and was successfully done.

I could tell you more about the continuing adventure of getting the sailboat back up on land during low tide on a rocky beach, but, suffice it to say, the guys returned home safe and sound, thoroughly wet, sandy, and pleased with their sailing trip.

All of the photos following are from the calmer trip over. The water was too rough and the guys were too busy to take any pictures on the way back.



Here is the view the guys had of Mt. Baker from the water.



Approaching Sucia Island


Seth on the beach at Ewing Cove



6 Responses to “Sucia Island Adventure Concluded”

  1. T says:

    This is so cool! I’m amazed they didn’t tip the boat over or something. 😉 Now I want to go on a sailing trip!!

  2. Sarah says:

    Hi Joyce!

    Wow, I haven’t been over to visit for awhile. Sorry I missed all your updates and sorry you were ill. I hope you are feeling all better and that you didn’t lose too much momentum, yet took the time to rest and relax!

    I love the pictures of the trip. That sounds like an amazing adventure. I am sure they will remember it for years to come.

    What an opportunity. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us. I could sail on the water by our house, but it would take all of about 3 minutes to make it across the slightly enlarged puddle. 🙂

  3. Vivian says:

    This looks like fun….but for me very scary…I love the water but the ocean is so big. I could see by the look on your sons face, he had a great time. The time with Dad will be a wonderful memory for him…..PRICELESS…..
    I love the pictures…