The sun rose the next morning to a lighter breeze but still the same clear and cloudless skies. After an eggs, toast and coffee breakfast, I set to work tensioning the rig. It all went exactly as described by Dave and I was able to do it rather easily while swinging at anchor with the mast still standing. Spencer Spit is a beautiful place and I would have happily spent a day there, but the tides and currents would be helping me along if I got an earlier start for my next hop over to Fisherman Bay on the opposite side of Lopez Island. I cleaned up my breakfast, stowed some gear, pulled up the anchor and set sail. The day was glorious and under full sail I coasted along at about 4.5 knots for the entire 8ish mile trip. The first half of the sail was downwind and around the north end of the island followed by a very fun upwind leg traveling south down the west coast of Lopez island. The rig now looked and behaved perfectly and I was able to really sail Sweet Potato as she was meant to be sailed.
After motoring through the tight and winding channel channel entrance to Fisherman Bay, I was greeted to a large but completely protected bay with plenty of space to anchor. I picked a nice and secluded spot with plenty of depth for my little craft and set about inflating my Standup Paddle Board (SUP). I own an 8’ zodiac that I had used as a tender for my Cape Dory 25D, but it seemed rather large, bulky and heavy to carry on the much smaller Sagecat. The SUP worked very well for me and, when rolled up, could either be stowed under the cockpit sole in the main cabin or, more commonly, under the tiller in the cockpit.
I rowed to shore and was apparently just in time to catch the tail end of happy hour at the marina restaurant which overlooked Fisherman Bay. Some other boaters told me about a bakery in Lopez Village (about a 10 minute walk down the road from the marina) that had a reputation for being in a league of its own but was know to sell out rather quickly, so I’d be well advised to get there shortly after their 7 o’clock opening time. I thanked them for the tip and as the sun was getting low in the sky, paddled back across the bay to the boat and enjoyed yet another marvelous sunset. The temperature quickly dropped and the breeze was still present, so again I hopped in the cabin and settled into a few more chapters of the book before retiring for another pleasant sleep.