We had a great run up the coast to Newport Oregon, which had a quick stop in Crescent City, CA for a few hours sleep and an early morning fuel up. We decided to stop and have a rest, tour the Rogue Beer facility – craft beer being one of our favourite pastimes, and generally be a tourist for a couple of days, hoping that our luck with wind would continue. A week later we are still at the dock with NW winds blowing in our face every day. We are not alone waiting, four of us wait for the next break in the wind north and two French waiting are heading south. We are now doing boat projects, potlucks, hiking the beach and reading a lot to pass the time.
Entrance to the Newport Rogue Brewery
Dead Guy Alley – on of their popular brews
The best surprise was meeting Vitalii and Larisa from Russia. He sailed from his home near Vladivostok to Seattle and now joined by his wife are sailing south, through the Panama Canal, up the Eastern seaboard to Boston, then across the atlantic to St Petersburg in Russia. They were great fun and it was so exciting to meet a Russian cruiser!!!
Vitalii and Larisa with us.
San Francisco, more accurately Sausalito was our refuge for a few days waiting for the next weather window north, another small low would soon arrive north of Cape Mendocino. We were also looking forward to meeting up with Paul Guenette who was to meet us in San Francisco last fall for Thanksgiving. As it turned out his project list was too long, although he made it to San Francisco early November we had headed south to Mexico.
Paul presenting the leavers package.
Aside from sharing beers and stories he was in possession of our Blue Water Cruising Association’s leavers package. Paul was and active volunteer in Vancouver and would see Jennifer Handley, our Commodore before we would have to time to meet so he was handed the job of presenting it to us. We missed Paul in the fall but now on our way back to Canada we meet for a very late Thanksgiving and officially receive our leavers package! Here we are almost home and celebrate leaving !!!
Adesso crew with our leavers package.
Paul also had his vehicle in San Francisco which was very helpful getting our shopping list done in short order. Laundry done, Adesso fuelled and the food supplies topped up we passed under the San Francisco bridge, leaving, not knowing if we would ever pass this way again.