Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Baranof Island in the clouds

July 5, 2007
Time: 0820 Hrs: 934.9
Humidity: 77% Temp: 17 C Drizzle rain. Light wind.
Lv: Sukoi Inlet
Course: Salisbury Sound > Peril Strait > Chatham Strait > Appleton Cove
Once we get out into Salisbury Sound the wind starts to pick up a bit. We spot a humpback feeding close to shore just as we enter Peril Strait. They are all over, but I don’t get tired of watching. We had to time our departure today to arrive at Sergius Narrows at slack tide. The currents run high through a very narrow dredged opening about 400 meters long. Even though we consulted two tide charts, we arrive at the narrows and the current is flowing pretty fast and pushes us through at over 12 knots. That was exciting! And yours truly was navigating!
Arv: Appleton Cove, Baranof Island
Lat: 57 28.16 N
Lon: 135 16.50 W
Time 1450
Trip: 27.8 nm Log: 3662.5nm
We had planned to make it another 15 miles today but the wind, rain, waves and current decided that we would tuck into a anchorage sooner. We check our chart; Appleton Cove looks inviting, but we cannot find any information about it in any of our books. One other boat is anchored already when we arrive. A few hours later, our little anchorage has 14 boats (we are the only sail boat) and the wind is still howling. Seems lots of other people had enough of fighting the weather today.