Sunday, May 1, 2016

2016-05 Up Johnstone Strait to Port McNeill

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Johnson Strait forecast for Saturday was 15-25 knots.  We had a nine-hour motor to Port McNeill ahead of us and because our crew needs to fly out Sunday, we needed to be in the Port.

So at 5AM's first light we were off the Blind Channel dock and quickly into the Strait.  We connected with the favorable ebb current and were off the races doing 8's, 9's and 10 knots.  We expected to be overcome by a nasty flood current, but the flood was weak and we scooted into Port McNeill shortly after noon, with no big puffy winds around.  A normally nine-hour run became eight with the favorable currents pushing us along in flat waters.

It was a fine and sunny cruise to end a pretty good weather week.  We always enjoy the Findley's company, especially Virginia's Middle-Eastern delicacies.

A barge of premium logs heading to market down the Strait
We had some great dining this week with the Findleys.
Here Sid, Virginia and Pat pick for crab meat.
Virginia and Pat's grape leaves, tabbouleh and humus.  Yumm!
Crab cakes with tomato and cucumber salad.

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