Sunday, 6 November 2016
Allan goes boating on Young’s River
It’s been 84 days since I had set sail. During that time I had installed a fence, helped plant thousands of bulbs and watched a record rainfall during September. Life is good; today its even better.
I had been been looking at a list of over twenty local kayak launch sites that Columbia River Kayaking located upriver in Skamokawa posted. Given that I had an almost free day, a 17 mph SE wind, and a high enough tide all afternoon, it must be a sailing type of day. Young’s River is remarkably close, wide enough to tack upwind and as yet unexplored by me.
The launch site post states that the… “Astoria Yacht Club is located at the SE corner of the Old Young’s Bay Bridge. The Yacht Club is a funny name. It consists of mooring for a commercial gill net fleet around salmon net pen docks, an old green building, picnic shelters and tables, and an outhouse.”
It continued: “The boat ramp and dock are atrophying into oneness with nature. At low tide, the launch area is a marvelous mudscape. But it serves our purposes just fine.”
I first checked out the nearby bridge and probably could have cleared it but the goal was to get near another launch seven miles upstream at Olney, where the river is much more narrow.
As a squall came throughI reached my top speed of 7.9 mph.
After tacking upstream and expecting a quick trip back, the wind died.
I headed around the first island to at least set a landmark as to how far I had gotten.
There was a small river I’d passed earlier. I wanted to check out its bridge.
A modest breeze powered me up.
The breeze had been fronting another squall.
Here is a photo I found of the view from the Astoria Column looking up the Young’s River.
The rain paused long enough to pack up and get back to the SALT pub to hear about Skyler & Carol’s adventures that day.