Saturday, September 14, 2013

#2013-74 Coos Bay to Crescent City

Our 5:30 am exit from Coos was fine.  Visibility in fog was 1/4 mile.  The ocean is 2-3 feet well=spaced swells from the West and at 7:30 we have 8 knots from the North.  Ran into about 10 fishing boats off Bandon and the visibility improved to .4  miles.
Troller off Bandon in .4 mile visibility
12 pm Update:  We have a very accommodating ocean today. Slight swell and slight wind waves from the SW.  An easy ride and the fog has lifted for now. Looking to be in Crescent City tonight around 7 pm.

Oregon's Cape Sebastian and Crook Point from our
position off the Rogue River delta.
3 pm Update:  We now have some 10 knots of wind here near the California - Oregon coast border, but nothing like the 23 knots that cancelled the 2nd race of the Americas Cup in San Francisco today. Of course we watched it on TV. Good to see the Oracle Team got a win.  The sea ride is still pretty good and we are still on schedule for a 7 pm arrival in port.

Mack Arch rock located about 12 miles north of the California border.
7 pm: Yes we arrived at Crescent City harbor but not before the wind peaked at 17 knots from the south! This was totally not foretasted and generated 2 - 3 foot chop on top of the small westerly swell.  It made for a wet boat but not much more.

The Harbor is a construction zone as new fortified breakwater and new docks are under construction -- as we speak! The constructions continues around the clock here tonight and it's a good thing Dick and Alex had a full bottle of Pinot Noir to insure we sleep in the midst of the roar of construction.  Good night.

A 15-knot southerly invalidated the 5-10 knot westerlies forecast
by NOAA causing spray aboard.
Battery Point Light was one of the first lighthouses on the California coast.  In 1855, Congress appropriated $15,000 for the construction of a lighthouse on the tiny islet, which is connected to Battery Point by an isthmus which is visible, and can be traversed on foot, at low tide.  The fourth-order Fresnel lens was lit in 1856. The lighthouse was automated in 1953, and a modern 14.8-inch (375 mm) lens replaced the fourth-order Fresnel lens.The 1964 Alaska earthquake, the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the northern hemisphere, caused a tsunami. The lighthouse survived. In the following year, the modern beacon that replaced the Fresnel lens in the tower was switched off.
Work continues 24 - 7 to improve the Crescent City Harbor.

Rebuilding Crescent City Marina

Wild Blue moored at brand new docks.

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