Friday, October 25, 2013

Brookings to Portland

After leaving Brookings, the weather went very mild, would have been perfect for heading South. We saw one meter swells and insignificant wind waves most of the way to Astoria. Wind never exceeded 12 knots and was 8 most of the way.

I was concerned about timing the approach to the Columbia River Bar but with the tide in our favor and mild atmospheric conditions we saw one meter and I had to guess exactly when we crossed. Entering the mighty Columbia we averaged about 8 knots for the 18 miles to Astoria.

So after 5000 miles this year from Guatemala , Caribbean side we were finally in a river where weather takes a back seat!

 We encountered a bit of on the nose blow for about  after leaving Brookings. Just before nightfall the wind went to 20 knots gusting 30 when we were 5 miles from Port Orford. We pulled under the Rock for the night and as we anchored it calmed down. A good nights sleep and the 8 hours gave us a fair approach time to the Columbia River Bar.
 Calm off Oregon in the Fall.
 Astoria Bridge
Sunset at the winter home on Hayden Island in Portland.

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