We sailed overnight from Coos Bay, Oregon to Crescent City, California. We left Coos Bay at the morning low water slack, motored more or less until dark, sailed through the darkness, and motored here arriving at high tide.
We had two delightful visits:
- Shortly after dark we were sailing along beautifully and were visited by a pod of a half dozen dolphins. We sat on the bow under the stars and watched them play in our wake. There was a little phosphorescence which let us seem them a little. However the moonless night left enough to the imagination.
- Sometime during the night we picked up a small owl. We noticed him just after dawn, at which point we were more than 10 miles offshore. He has very tired and frightened but was brave enough to put up with our tacking and clambering around on deck. He left shortly after we anchored.
We haven't seen anything of Crescent City yet, except for its excellent anchorage. There is a negative tide tonight so we're not confident about the docks. However there are acres of water inside the breakwaters with depths around 10 feet at a zero tide. We set on the first try and are swinging on 8-to-1 scope because of the Gale forecast.
We'll write more soon.