Leg 2 – Illwaco, WA to Newport, Oregon was never meant to be. The conditions once we crossed the bar were so good that we decided to keep going making our first stop anywhere but in Oregon.
We ran all day arriving at night at Crescent City, California. It was a beautiful new marina, almost empty except for commercial boats. Once again extremely quiet. The crew commented that all marinas thus far, St Helens, Illwaco, and Crescent City are extremely quiet except of course for the barking sea lions in Monterey. The operative word once again, EXTREMELY QUIET,
One exhausted crew member, note the Navy bunk separation scheme
The crew did not experience an overnight stay at the covered slip I was in at Hayden Island, Janzen beach. If they did they would encounter at about the 6:30 a.m. times, the start of air traffic central. That is when all planes seem to depart, at once. The worse part is when the military planes, F15 to F18s take off to in some locals opinion to patrol the coast for salmon poachers.
The echoeing screams across the sky, rattle the aluminum siding roof on my covered slip to the point of causing me extreme rattling of my psyche that takes some time to recover, leading (some) to take up drinking gin and tonics; or a trip to the liquor store just this side of the walk up ramp, next to Normas kitchen for more gin and tonics.
DISTANCE: ILLWACO TO NEWPORT 115 NM AT 8 KNOTS = 14 HOURS TRAVEL TIME
ILLWACO TO COOS BAY 201 N/M AT 8 KNOTS = 25 HOURS TRAVEL TIME
Photos of the Western Flyer at the commercial dock, Illwaco, Washington.