The July 3-4 CYC cruise traveled to Poulsbo where Outlaw and Wind Dancer anchored and rafted in the late afternoon on Saturday. While the official CYC raft up was small, there were many CYC boats, including Tula, Mara, Altair, Raven, and others in the harbor enjoying the warm summer evening. Derek Storm and Cindy Gossett on Outlaw enjoyed happy hour and lovely conversation with Chris McMuldroch and Jennifer Lathrop on Wind Dancer. We were visited by David Barnes from Gratitude and Joyce and Bret Phillips from Joyride. After dinner, we relaxed and watched private fireworks displays. We were treated to a beautiful 360 degree show with some homes shooting fireworks that were just about as good as the usual big barge display, but just maybe not as high. This was the first time we can remember watching fireworks in shorts and T-shirts. The weather was just perfect.
Sunday morning Outlaw set sail planning to sail around Bainbridge Island. Wind Dancer left soon afterwards headed to Langley on their way north for a two week cruise in the San Juan Islands. Outlaw enjoyed a lovely beat through Port Orchard (the passage west of BI) toward Rich Passage in a nice southerly. After we passed Point Glover we saw an eastbound ferry approaching. As the eastbound ferry was passing us, we saw the west bound ferry entering the passage. So we circled around outside the channel in the NE corner, watching the two ferries pass each other. Something we never expected to see!
Once the coast was clear we resumed our beat to the south anticipating a nice reach along the south shore of Bainbridge Island and then a run up to Port Madison. However as we got to Bainbridge Reef, the wind shifted to the east and then back to the southeast and decreased in intensity. So we dropped the sails and entered Blakely Harbor.
The harbor was quite full of anchored boats but there was room for one more. After a quiet night in Blakely Harbor we weighed anchor heading to Shilshole with a light south wind. On the way out of the harbor we saw a deer swimming from the south shore across the harbor toward the north shore. The second sight on the cruise we have never expected to see! By the time we got to Wing Point the wind came up so Outlaw set sail and returned to Shilshole.