We were to meet them in Anacortes on Sunday morning about 10AM, so Saturday evening we set our alarms and went to bed. We awoke to pea-soup fog.
We have been educated in many ways on how to deal with such a situation. The first is through classes offered by the US Power Squadron. I have taken Basic Boating, Seamanship, Piloting, and Advanced Piloting. I even taught the Seamanship class two sessions. Al has reached the milestone of having taken EVERY class offered, and has taught all levels. We have run the radar for numerous hours during clear weather, so we have had lots of practice interpreting the screen images. Sailing with the Christmas Ships also offered experience operating at nighttime or low-visibility situations.
So the expected hour and a half run from Cypress Head in to Anacortes went off without a hitch. Well, AFTER Al had to make a repair on the horn's air supply hose, and then the main compressor over-heated and we had to use the secondary compressor. When travelling in fog, you are to sound your horn at 2-minute intervals, and the compressor was getting a workout.
I had planned to be doing some general house-cleaning during our voyage, but conditions required that I also keep eyes and ears at attention. Side doors were open slightly to catch any sounds.
|The James T Quigg and barge in tow emerge from the fog|
Later we are able to call the Alyssa Ann, another tug and barge approaching Anacortes, and we coordinate our passage across the channel to the Cap Sante Marina. We arrive right on time, safe and sound!
|Our final morning together, and I finally take a photo of Chuck and Betty|
|A favorite pose of cormorants, along the Swinomish Channel|