So we’ve postpone our departure from Ketchikan another day on account of the “snotty” weather. We were all prepared to leave despite the rain and wind because the forecast was for improving conditions as the day progressed.
All of the electronics, including the VHF radio were operating, when we heard two recreational boaters conversing on the radio. One was just leaving Ketchikan (they were transmitting their position via AIS) and the other was about 6 or 7 miles from Ketchikan on the way to Prince Rupert as we were intending. The vessel further out said they were turning around on account of sea conditions (“The dog was howling”). The closer vessel said they were pushing on based on the forecast. The further out vessel shortly thereafter called back to say they were pulling into a temporary anchorage in order to wait for conditions to improve. Both boats had Foggy Bay as their destination for the night (same as us).
We already knew that a “Mother Goose” flotilla of six boats from NW Explorations had left yesterday for Foggy Bay with the goal of Prince Rupert today. If conditions were poor just a few miles from Ketchikan, we thought that there was a high likelihood that they’d take a weather day rather than pound their way across Dixon Entrance.
We knew that on account of our speed, we’d likely be one of the last boats to arrive to a very crowded Foggy Bay. We’d also be one of the last to arrive the next day to a very crowded Prince Rupert Rowing and Yacht Club marine (just about the only marina for transients in Prince Rupert). Since the weather for Saturday, August 1 is forecast to be better yet, we’re being flexible and spending another day in Ketchikan to let this wave of boaters heading south to get ahead of us. Of course there is another “wave” all ready building around us by that is just the way things are.
In the mean time, I am taking this opportunity and Internet connectivity to post a video of Dall’s Porpoises surfing our bow wake.
And another video of us crossing the entrance of Behm Canal as it meets Clarence Strait just north of Ketchikan. The wind was blowing SE 15-20 knots and the seas were 3 to 4 feet with a short period. We were meeting the waves on the starboard forward quarter so we weren't rolling much, just the bow crashing a bit.