Today we will be heading out to Blake Island. This will be Josh, Krista and Olivers trip on the boat away from the dock. Kind of a trial run prior to them joining us in Alaska for the summer.
Today is a bitter sweet day. Prior to leaving Tacoma Yacht Club I launched my Olson 30 Dire Straits for the last time. The new owner was taking delivery of the Olson today, and delivering it to Lake Union, its new home.
We finally pull out of the yacht club at 10:30 am. Off in the distance we see the sailboats of the Islands Race sailing up Colvos Passage, sailing north under spinnaker. It is a great day. No rain.
We chase the racers up Colvos. We are having a tough time catching them since they have enough wind to sail as fast or faster than we are motoring. We finally catch the fleet about the time we reach the north end of the Vashon Island. We motor through the fleet as I remember the many years I sailed in the same event in our Olson, or the numerous other race boats I have had over the last 30 years.
We arrive at Blake Island to find the docks in park totally full. It appeared that a number of sailing clubs were having a cruise to Blake Island. With the docks full we headed to the northwest side of the island and dropped the hook in about 30 feet of water.
While we settle in on the anchor, Josh and I pump up the inflatable dinghy and throw it over the side. Once I was satisfied that we were anchored we all headed for the shore.
It was Oliver’s first time trying out the lifejacket for real. He was a little fussy, but eventually got use to it. After hitting the beach we walked across the island to the Tillicum Village and marina. The walk across the island seemed longer than normal. You also had to be careful were you walked to avoid the puddles and mud along the trail.
When we got to the village the building was closed. They don’t open until April. No worries, since I really wasn’t planning on a salmon dinner anyway. We wondered around the village, looking at the boats. Josh even ran into one of his grooms men, Will coming up the dock. He and his girl friend came over to the park for the day. They were able to find a spot for their 25 foot boat.
Once we had walked around the park and along the beach that faced Seattle, we headed back over the trail back to our dinghy. It didn’t seem as far going back. We all loaded back up in the dinghy. I took my shoes off so I could help push out the boat. The water was extremely cold. They almost froze before I was able to lift them out. Next time I need to bring my rubber boots.
Once back on the boat I lit the diesel stove to heat up the boat. When I lit the stove the temperature in the boat was only 60 degrees. After an hour or so the boat started to get warmer. Not sure we ever got it up to 70 degrees, but at least it was comfortable.
After dinner and getting Oliver to bed we decided to play a game. Josh had brought Rumnikub onboard. So we played a couple of rounds of Rummikub. I never won a hand, and always seem to have multiple tiles left when someone else went out. Eventually we put Rummikub away and then played Donkey a couple of time before retiring for the evening.
The next morning we got up and had pancakes for breakfast. Heather, Josh and I then went to shore. We walk around rummaging through the debris along the high tide line to see if anything interesting floated in with the tide. Lots of driftwood but no treasure worth much had floated up. After touring the beach for a 1/2 hour so we headed back out to the boat.
Once back at the boat we lifted the dingy up on to the deck, and then fired up the motor. With the motor going we raised the anchor and headed south. We motored down Colvos Passage heading back to Tacoma. There was no wind out as motored south. It was an uneventful motor, and we arrive safely back at TYC.
It was a joy to have Josh, Krista and Oliver on the boat for the weekend. We all enjoyed Oliver’s first trip out with an overnight stay. We are now all ready for our time together when Josh, Krista and Oliver meet us up in Alaska this summer for two weeks.