discovered that I had miscalculated the number of bottles of eye drops that I
needed.This was a particular problem,
because there are not many pharmacies in the wilderness.We discussed the options.1)Cut
out some of the anchorages we wanted to visit and travel long days to reach
Petersburg a day or two after the end of my prescription. Or 2) ask friends to
mail the prescription from Vancouver to General Delivery somewhere; however, a package
I mailed from the main post office in Sitka took 3 weeks to arrive in Vancouver
and who knew what customs would do.So
we got to Petersburg after 3 hard days of motoring.
route went up Chatham Sound and east in Fredrick Sound.It was amazing to listen to the weather
forecast:no matter what was predicted,
no matter which direction we went, the wind was always on our nose!We slowed down sometimes to watch feeding
humpbacks; one group was particularly active.Chatham Sound is apparently one of their favorite summer feeding
spots.We learned that humpbacks have to
feed a lot in summer, as they do not eat during the winter.
Wind of 36 Knots (Apparent Wind 42.8- Boat Speed 6)
was particularly confusing.Monday
evening, the prediction was for west winds 10 knots.Great, some motor sailing!However, when we got out into the sound,
winds were up to 36 knots from the south – where we were heading.That was gale-force winds.Furthermore, the weather forecast said
nothing about a gale warning.And nearby
weather stations north and south of us were reporting 10-knot winds!!Anyway, the waves were not steep, more like a
chop, and Raven Song just plowed through it all.