At anchor on Oregon Coast

After leaving Neah Bay two days ago, we made excellent time down the Washington and Oregon coasts. We did two nights at sea, taking shifts of 3 hours alternating with trying with varying degrees of success to sleep.

On the ocean side of the breakwater for Neah Bay.

I was surprised by how quickly I acclimated to the rolling and got my “sea legs”. We both took Gravol (a canadian seasickness medication) the first day, at full dose and I think that helped significantly with our ability to sleep during the first 24 hours. I also used my ginger candies whenever I had to go below to use the head, that was the only way I didn’t feel a lot worse!

Lighthouse on the coast, day 1.

The sloppiness of the initial night improved a lot and we had a very pleasant day yesterday. We both felt good and didn’t need to take any medication. Early this morning we passed Coos Bay, and the conditions were so good that in consultation with our weather router we felt we could scoot the rest of the way to Brookings even though there were some predicted higher winds, not anything we haven’t been in before.

But, mother nature sometimes has other ideas. We rounded Cape Blanco mid-morning and by that time the waves were getting much larger and the winds were consistently above 25 knots, higher than predicted. Conditions can often be more difficult around a Cape, but once we get south of that and came closer to shore things still weren’t getting better and the winds were climbing. We knew the boat could handle things, but we were tired and didn’t know if it would continue to get worse. And, there is a small bar to cross in Brookings.

So, we pulled in to the one anchorage that can be a port in the storm on this part of the coast, called Port Orford.

We are anchored in front of this bluff hoping for some wind protection.

As I write this, I see wind gusts as high as 25 knots every few minutes. I know we made the right call!

Their breakwater needs some work. They do have a wharf but it dries so they haul out all the fishing boats that use it.
Huge rocks like this abound around the shore. We wonder what geologic process formed them.

After trying to sleep for a bit unsuccessfully partly because of how much we were rolling, we got to work putting out one of our flopper stoppers. We had these added in August and had practiced it at the dock but this was our first time at anchor in wind and rolling conditions. It’s a bit tricky!

It starts out in pieces like this. (It is actually stored in the towel as provided by the company!)
Then we have to hook up all the lines, push and pull it out to the middle of port side.
Then it gets lowered into the water, where it will move into a horizontal position and resist the water movement, significantly reducing our rolling.
Nicely suspended in the water from the pole on our port side today. Worth all the struggle!

Tomorrow it looks like things moderate enough that we hope to make the 48 miles to Brookings, where it sounds like we will need to hang out for a few days until our next solid weather window.

Overall we are quite pleased with how we’ve done so far!

2 thoughts on “At anchor on Oregon Coast”

  1. Thanks to Flopper Stoppers. What an idea and all that you had to do. Amazing. Glad you are making good time and sounds like your boating instincts are getting better and better. Brookings is a sweet little town full of whiteheads and no air conditioning. A nice place to spend a day or two. Aunt Jan


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