Captain's Blog

Offshore Kauai race


After eighteen wonderful years, we bid a fond aloha to Coyote. We've enjoyed hundreds of fine days racing and cruising aboard her with friends and family. We wish her the best in her new home berth on Oahu.



Our new Beneteau Oceanis 41 ready to cross the Pacific from Seattle to Kauai. Details of the 23 day trip in our first post.

August 6 - 8


Thank you Tori!

You saw us safely from your pier at Signature Yachts on Lake Union through the Ballard Locks and into Shilshole Bay Marina. From there, we were on our own for our first sail. Destination: Port of Edmonds.


A Great Send-Off

We received a sweet welcome as we docked. A champagne toast filled with wishes for a safe journey followed.


Hawaiian Blessing

Pam brought ti leaves for our wrists and ankles for a departure ceremony and Iwa's renaming. She wrapped the life lines with woven ti leaves, sprinkled Kauai saltwater on the bow and stern, and chanted a Hawaiian blessing. Woodie poured a shot of rum overboard to ask Neptune's blessing for the new name.


Last minute running around, messing with tech. devices and organizing provisions left us too short of time to depart. Rick treated us to a delicious dinner at Anthony's, right above our dock.


Red  Setting Sun

Fires burning in BC and northern Washington have given us a week of glowing sunsets and a ruby colored setting sun .

August 9

Motored from Edmonds to Port Angeles. Sunshine and lots of boat traffic. Three Navy speedboats whizzed by. Autopilot working great. Pastries for breakfast and pasta salad for lunch. Woodie bought dinner at a wonderful restaurant up in town. Fog starting to roll in. Sleeping easy in the forward berth while in the harbor, but very chilly everywhere.

August 10

Aloha Friday

Hot shower for 25 cents per two minutes. Scrambled eggs with bacon bits and hash browns for breakfast. Motored from Port Angeles to Neah Bay. Lots of passing ships on the digital chart, but the fog hides them from sight. No sight of land either, although we were right next to it. Did see one "Dam" cruiseship passing to the North of us. Fruit salad for lunch. Came into Neah Bay just past dark. Tied up at stinky dock. It was the easiest to tie up to, but right next to the fish cleaning area. Birds must love it, though, as the dock is absolutely covered with their white splotches. Quesadilla pizza for dinner.