We woke up around 8:30 or so after a night at the local Irish Pub (and some much needed sleeping in). After cooking up a hearty skillet breakfast we got underway at 10 am. Timing is everything for transiting Deception Pass. Currents here can exceed 8 kts, so you really want to cross at slackwater. (For all those "landlubbers" just take my word for it- 8 kts of current is a lot!) Slackwater for this afternoon was at 2:07 pm, so we had plenty of time to get there.
We entered the pass just prior to slackwater. The ebb current provided maximum steerage with a good flow of water going over the rudder. Going through was exciting, even near slack water. There were whirlpools that you could throw a basketball down, back eddies, and onlookers waiting for you to slam against the rocks. We did have perfect conditions, though, and no other vessel traffic. It was a good first crossing, and it felt great to pass through! Some might say I was crazy to take a brand new (to me) boat on its maiden voyage and go through the pass, but we planned it well enough to manage the risks properly. Besides, I didn't want Jesse to come all the way to Washington on a sailing trip and not do Deception Pass! :)
We transited to Holmes Harbor and dropped anchor in Honeymoon Bay. It was a great anchorage. There were a few sailboats on moorings, but no transients. And wow- how about that electric windlass???? That was the easiest anchoring evolution I've ever had. We grilled the last of the burgers, and enjoyed a quiet night out "on the hook".