Summer 2015 – Day 26 – Daysail over the Columbia River Bar

We’ve been waiting for the seas to calm down for a week, and today looked to be a good one for some gentle wind and benign seas, and of course, good timing for bar crossings.  Went out at noon just after low tide – bar was still lumpy, but we got sails up and out to buoy 3 with some nice wind.  A little brisker than we thought, so with full cutter rig we were sailing great, but a bit too fast (5-6kts SOG) to fish for salmon.  So, Dan had me pinch as high as possible, slowed us down to fishing speed.

IMG_1528[1]Didn’t take long with the line in the water to get this nice salmon.







We needed to practice heaving to – did so while Dan cleaned the fish and cleaned up.  Another sailboat came close, possibly a Hans Christian.  We fell off on a port tack, and then gybed to head back.

IMG_1531[1]Slow downwind reach (at least relative to our fast downwind reach last week), but a beautiful warm, sunny afternoon.






IMG_1532[1]Cape Disappointment and the Willapa Hills.








IMG_1533[1]After 2 more gybes, we were back on the bar, beam reaching in 15kts.






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