March 13, 2006

Back Underway

Hello everyone!
 
It's been a while since we last emailed.
 
We've been off the boat at our Vacation home in Sonoma County California catching up on home chores.  Some minor repairs, replaced the oven and range hood, remodeled the old closet where the furnace used to be, reworked some of the kitchen cabinets and generally getting the house ready to leave again!
 
We've also updated our website and changed our web hosting and domain registrar.  You don't have to do anything different, just go to http://raptordance.com as always. 
 
Note though if you have any bookmarks, links, etc. that go to raptordance.us, you need to change them to go to raptordance.com!
 
We changed the layout of our website.  Some of the new things we've added include a list of "Quick Links" on the homepage to make it easier to get around and a database containing our Recipes!  Go take a look.  Let me know what you think!
 
We are planning to drive up to Seattle to get back onboard in two days on Wednesday, March 15th.  We'll stay in Seattle on Lake Union for about a week, going back out the Lake Washington Ship Canal and the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks on Tuesday or Wednesday, March 21 or 22 see:
 
We will overnight in Shilshole Marina or Bell Marina before heading back to Victoria and Sidney (route to be determined, based on who's around to visit with!).
 
We're planning on docking Raptor Dance in Port Sidney Marina http://www.portsidney.com/ for the month of April and heading back to Sonoma for a good part of April.  Since we'll have left or Jeep at Lake Union, we will come back via either the Victoria Clipper http://www.victoriaclipper.com/ or Kenmore Air http://www.Kenmore air.com/ and drive the jeep back.  Later in April we'll fly right into Victoria Airport, which is actually in Sidney.
 
In May we're planning to hit the highlights we missed last year, including Princess Louisa Inlet.  We'll also visit some old favorites.
 
In June, we're planning to leave around June 6 to 8, weather permitting, and sail nonstop to San Francisco Bay.  We're signed up with Commanders' Weather http://www.commandersweather.com/ to maximize the probability of leaving during a good weather window.  We'll most likely leave from Port Angeles in Washington.
 
We're planning to take two crew with us as this should be about a 6 day passage.  We have two "probable" crew members, but they're not yet 100% certain they can make it.
 
That's the news from here.  We'll update you next when we leave Lake Union.
 
Warmest Regards,
Bill and Mary
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