Later Steve hailed a Coast Guard cutter than was involved in some sort of military practice. We were just entering the "danger zone" and wanted to find out if we were safe to transit this section of the Strait. They told the operations were over and it was safe. A few minutes later the Coast Guard made an announcement to all boaters on the VHF stating the operations were over.
Just as we were nearing Neah Bay, a very strange looking boat appeared out of the fog. We had been tracking it for a while on radar and AIS. When it's shape appeared Steve recognized it from pictures he'd seen in various boating magazines. It looks like a submarine, and is almost 400 feet long. It's one of the largest private yachts in the world, and it is named "A". It is very distinctive looking. I just came in from the ocean and was headed toward Puget Sound or Canadian waters.
We are presently anchored just off the marina in Neah Bay. Tomorrow we fill the fuel tanks and possibly head to La Push, about a 6 hour journey. We will turn the corner at Cape Flattery and begin our journey south. Another monumental day for us! There is not much in La Push and understand cell coverage is poor so it may be a day or two before an update. But you can always follow our progress with the SPOT satellite tracker. The link is at the top of the page.
|A "tall ship" sailing by.|
|Entering a fog bank in the Strait of Juan De Fuca|
|Hanging out in the pilothouse. Almost to Neah Bay. Foggy.|
|The unusual megayacht "A", owned by a Russian Billionaire.|
|Sunset as we near Neah Bay, Washington|