Scream arrived in Coos Bay today after a wonderful downwind sail from Newport. As we had motored almost all of the way from Victoria, we were very happy to get a chance to sail. The forecast was for northerly 10-15, then 5-10, then 10-20. We had a bit of 15, a bunch of 10 and a lot of 5, but it was from the right direction and we had a lot of time. We made the 85 mile run in about 25 hours.
We were using the self steering but it as developed (or we have discovered) a problem in that it oversteers to port. There is more friction when it is turned to port and in light winds it will not return to centre for a minute or more, by which point the boat as come all the way into the wind. We'll work it out.
We spoke with the Coast Guard on the radio three times arriving in Newport, twice when leaving Newport, and several times coming into Coos Bay. The Coast Guard keep lookout towers that overlook the bars at the harbour mouths. We call every time to get the report of current conditions on the bar, mostly because we think that the Coast Guard want to hear from us. The tower then hails us one or more times as we cross the bar. Today we also had a visit from the Coast Guard, who gave us a free safety inspection, our second of the year.
We're also expecting a visit from US Customs this evening. We were getting breakfast when they visited shortly after our safety inspection.