UPDATE (Saturday, 1045): Just as predicted, the breeze finally shifted to the west yesterday afternoon and the Oregon Offshore fleet has enjoyed reaching and downwind sailing conditions ever since. The Strait of Juan de Fuca is a familiar homestretch for many, and the boats have been finishing in Victoria Harbour since early this morning with the TP52 Kinetic V taking line honors.
Aboard Yahtzee, we had a great night with the spinnaker up and rounded Cape Flattery just after sunup. The spinnaker is still flying and the sun is breaking through the clouds as we get to the central Strait — the finish is near!
UPDATE (Friday, 1100): After a tricky, current laden start yesterday, the Oregon Offshore fleet beat its way northward in 0 to 10 knots of northwesterly wind. Those fortunate enough to make it towards shore were rewarded and those who were swept westward in the wicked ebb (including us aboard Yahtzee) had to fight to make miles northward. Once clear of the current we started making miles, though, and a gorgeous day and night of sailing ensued.
On Friday we’re all still clawing our way north towards Cape Flattery. Fortunately, we’ve got breeze and sunshine and are enjoying the ride! Follow the tracker here.
UPDATE: It’s 4:50 and we’re working our way out to the start line at the mouth of the Columbia River. We’ve got a northwest breeze of about 10 knots, which is predicted to diminish later this morning. Continue reading UPDATE: On the homestretch towards Victoria!