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Dora Bay to Ketchikan

WEATHER: 57 F., Overcast, Calm, Pressure 1019.7 Mb & rising
FORECAST: Wind SE 10 to N 10 by afternoon; seas 3ft.

We spent a day in Dora Bay visiting with Floyd and Darlene, and prepared to sail on the 20th.

After the morning radio net, took the dog to the beach, and they invited us up for breakfast. Floyd predicted a good crossing, based on his weather observations: “If the clouds are moving overhead, then there’s enough wind to make Clarence Straits rough. Today it looks calm.”

We dropped the mooring buoy at 0845 hours, and motored into calm seas in Cholmondeley Sound and eastern Clarence Strait. During the crossing, the south wind built to about 10 knots with seas of 2 feet. As we came around Vallenar Point, the wind built to 15 with a 3-foot chop in Tongass Narrows–typical for this passage.

At 2:40 we tied up at the Ketchikan Yacht Club, and were welcomed by our good friends, Marvin Davis, Alan Rockwood and Bob St.Clair!

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