Five CYC boats were anchored in Poulsbo for July 3rd. Outlaw led Wind Dancer sailing across the Sound in a 12 knot breeze, and then into Keyport on Friday afternoon. Kismet and Altair were already anchored. Soliton came in later.
Friday was a bit cloudy, but Saturday and Sunday got sunnier and warmer! The official July 3rd fireworks display was not held, but the fireworks at homes and parks around Liberty Bay were amazing. It was hard to tell which was the main attraction, and which was a sideshow. The fireworks were everywhere, especially on the Eastern shore. Then on the Fourth there were even more fireworks, many from the same locations. At the same time as the fireworks were beginning, the rising full moon was very orange – as a result of the lunar eclipse. As the moon rose higher in the sky it turned its usual white.
On Friday evening the traditional local club boat parade consisted of a single patriotically decorated boat serenading the anchored fleet. On Saturday around dinner time, 4 sailboats entered Liberty Bay and sailed through the anchorage. The beautiful local schooner Red Jacket was wonderful to watch as she tacked upwind through the anchored boats. Jib, fore staysail, main staysail, and mainsail were pulling her along at 4 or 5 knots in a light Northerly breeze. During tacks, only the jib is tacked and sheeted back in, the other three sails are all on booms. See a description of Red Jacket at: https://classicyacht.org/boats/red-jacket. She is now painted eggshell blue.
Social greetings were shared between CYC boats, and we had conversations between dinghies and cockpits. Some of us met to walk to the Scandinavian grocery store and to one of the bakery shops. With the modern convenience of cell phones, we texted to find each other, and arrange meet-ups. We should trade phone numbers before all our cruises, it makes communications and meeting so easy.
The last boats left Poulsbo for home around noon on Sunday to transit Agate Pass during a -3 foot tide and slack current. It was a beautiful sunny day, and even with just a 6 knot breeze, we watched Altair have a warm gentle sail home to Shilshole. Although not spotted in Poulsbo, we can also report seeing “Gratitude” returning to Shilshole Sunday afternoon, proudly flying her CYC burgee, and Commodore’s blue pennant from the Starboard spreader!
Our next planned cruise is the Commodore Gibson race / cruise to Port Ludlow August 15 and 16th. Register now!
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