The Oregon Offshore is a 193 mile up the coast of Washington from Astoria, OR to Victoria, British Columbia and typically is held during the middle of May.
The intentions were good and the trip started off well. When we entered the straights on our way to Astoria the wind was already blowing 25 knots at 5pm. It only got worse! As we worked our way towards Port Angeles the wind built that evening to 40, the fog rolled in and visibility stopped somewhere forward of the mast. It was one of the most unpleasant times I have experienced on the water. Thankfully we have AIS and I was able to communicate with the shipping traffic leaving Port Angeles and those in the straits. We decided to duck in for cover to see if the winds would subside, when we got started again the next morning they were still holding at 25. After some time calculating our new arrival time in Astoria it was apparent that we would make the Columbia Bar at night (after the required skippers meeting) and with an unfavorable tide. It was a tough decision to turn around and withdraw from the race but it was the only call that could be made.