Invited by Dr. Les Blackwell for an afternoon cruise on his yacht, TRUMPETER.
On Bellingham Bay on the way to the gas dock.
...passing Bellingham Cold Storage, destination of local commercial fishermen...as well as Russian high seas fish factory ships.
TRUMPETER at the gas dock, filling up diesel fuel tank.
Les is very brave, letting me con (steer) TRUMPETER...
Les is keeping a close eye on the Jib (front sail), making sure I don't screw up.
Passing yacht - with bikini-clad sun worshipers -
This yacht is a Catalina 30...30 feet in length with a 27 foot waterline. TRUMPETER has a 25 foot waterline, making the Catalina a bit faster.
Displacement sailboats have a formula for determining maximum "cruising" speed:
1.2 x square root of the waterline length; i.e., 25 foot waterline length =
square root of 25 = 5...
i.e., 5 x 1.2 = approximately 5.25 miles per hour maximum speed under sail.
Volcano Mt. Baker (80 miles away)...background for Bellingham down town hi-rises.
Returning to Squalicum Harbor, where TRUMPETER has her home.
Map of the San Juan Islands.
Bellingham is in the upper right corner.
Victoria, B.C., Canada is in the lower left corner.
Wish to thank Les for taking me along on his cruise...perhaps my final cruise on Puget Sound, as I have made arrangements to return to the town of Salvo, North Carolina, where I have taken a small home around the corner from the Food Pantry.
I will NOT move to brother Jim's home on Whidbey Island as previously planned.