TheCruising Life

Published on Thu, Jul 6, 2006 by Carol Hogan

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The Cruising Life

By Carol Hogan

Bellingham sailors Terry and Jill Hummell arrived to clear customs at the Blaine Harbor visitor dock on their Gulf 32 Alegria after a cruising trip to the Gulf Islands.

“We went up as far north as Nodales Channel, near the Campbell River and north of Seymour Narrows,” Hummel said.“We got hit by some pretty bad weather and were pinned down for a few days, so we worked our way back in.

“Our last stop was Montague Harbor (on Galiano Island) and the last night it was blowing hard enough to pull the mooring ball under the water.

“We whipped around a little bit. We usually spend the summer taking jaunts here and there and occasionally we take an extended cruise and spend a couple of weeks at a time.

“It’s some of the best cruising in the world up here, but a little cold and rainy this time of year.” In 1995 the Hummells bought a Hans Christian 33.

“We lived on it for four years and cruised around to the east coast up to Boston. Then we sold it in Florida and moved back here.”

Seattle residents Ann and Alan Merrihew are spending the summer cruising out of Blaine Harbor with their dogs Gemma and Toby. “They go everywhere with us,” Ann said.

They are the proud new owners of a 46-1/2-foot, French-built Jeanneau sailboat named Grace and are waiting for a new slip. Prior to berthing at Blaine they were at Seattle’s Shilshole Marina and then Semiahmoo Harbor.

“The name was on the boat when we bought it this year. We liked the name and it’s good luck to stay with the name the boat has. We just brought the boat up through the San Juans last weekend from Seattle.”
Now they’ll be cruising every weekend from now on.

“We’ll be going up to Desolation Sound for three weeks leaving the end of July. Both my husband and I have been sailing most of our lives.”
Jacqui Meaker, her father Dan and aunt Jennifer Spencer are enjoying their new, trailerable Sea Sport Sportsman 22 named Gaviota, after a quick trip to Sucia Island. They spent a sunny afternoon at the Blaine harbor visitors dock. “This is our ninth boat,” said Jacqui, 14, who enters Blaine high school next year. “A little while ago we sold our Trophy and without a boat its kind of dull. I’ve had boats all my life,” Dan explained. “We were only six weeks without a boat and we had to sell the other one before they could get this one built, but she thought she was gonna die.”

Blaine high school sophomore Sarina Sutton, 15, has two summer jobs. On weekends, she’s deck hand on the Plover ferry and during the week a peer tutor at Camp Horizon in Birch Bay, a summer camp for children with special needs.

“I like being out on the water and meeting new people,” she said of the Plover job and I’m going to be a counselor at the camp. During the school year she is a peer tutor for children with special needs in the Blaine middle school.

In contrast, former Blaine resident Mildred Lange, who now lives in Sumas, returned to town with her daughter and a friend from New York.

While it was the first time her daughter had ever ridden the ferry and was Mildred’s second trip, “My mother, Agnes Prendergant, used to ride from Blaine to Semiahmoo on the Plover when she worked at the cannery,” said Mildred.