Monday, June 9, 2014

Desolation Sound

About two weeks ago, Belle Starr hit the water in Olympia, WA, and she and I immediately sailed one hundred miles north, on the Salish Sea, to Marrowstone Island and Mystery Bay. She sits quietly on anchor at this moment, waiting patiently for her skipper, while he returns home to crew on a delivery, on the not so calm Pacific Ocean.

I'll be joining Chuck Gottfried and Jamie Orr, on Baggywrinkle, Chuck's Bristol Channel Cutter, for the trip from Newport, Oregon to Port Townsend, Washington, where we'll pick up Belle Starr and head north.

The trip this summer will be to Desolation Sound. Once in Canada, we'll meet Jamie's Chebacco, Wayward Lass, in Victoria,BC, then finally stop off in Cowachin Bay, on Vancouver Island, BC. This is the home of Paul Miller and his Friendship Sloop, Friendship.

These four boats (and possibly more) will comprise the Desolation Sound fleet on a voyage scheduled to last three to four weeks, viewing some of the most majestic scenery in the world. And sailing some of the most challenging waters in the world. Many of you have visited this area, and I'll bet anyone who has, would go back. For one, I can hardly contain my excitement. It can't help but be simply wonderful - beautiful scenery, great comradery, worthy sailing vessels... who could ask for more?

Sorry to say, there will be no updates while underway. But I promise you all a detailed account when we get back. If any of you readers happen to be in the area and see our flotilla, please stop by for a visit.


Michael said...

Hello Doryman,

I am a follower of your website, and also the Master of the Comox to Powell River ferry. I will keep an eye out for you.

JP said...

Looks like an amazing place to sail

Brandon Ford said...

Virginia said: "I wonder why we haven't hear from Doryman. I bet it's a woman."

Me: "Yah. Her name's Belle Starr."

Have a great trip! Where are you leaving from? Maybe I'll see you off.

Bursledon Blogger said...

Sounds fantastic have a great trip, look forward to hearing all about it.

doryman said...

Thank you all... just got back and will be filling in the details soon.
(By the way, Michael - we stopped in at Powell River twice, but didn't know the protocol for hailing the ferry. We waved hello and good-by, though).