After a visit in Portland Oregon at McCuddys Marina on Hayden Island where Omily and I were welcomed by Mark McCuddy (Mark also has a Cascade 36 which he campaigns in the Northwest), his father the founder of McCuddys Marinas (five of them) and Andrew the excellent and friendly Harbormaster who made space for Omily.
Omily sailed from Portland OR on August 2018 bound down the Columbia River to Ilwaco WA at the river’s mouth.
The fires burning throughout the Westerns States and British Colombia produced so much smoke that breathing was very difficult with my asthma, but I was too tired to go on. The next two pictures were taken while anchored near Cathlamet WA
In the morning the smoke was a little lighter but sleep had not refreshed me so I raised anchor and sailed downstream hoping for cleaner air near the coast. I found cleaner air and anchored early afternoon at Tongue Point just east of Astoria. I stayed a few days to breath the cleaner air and recover my energy enough to sail the 5 hours on to Ilwaco.
In Ilwaco WA Omily was hauled and new bottom paint was applied while raising the water line in anticipation of sailing in the warm waters of the tropics.