Yesterday it was the M.V. Sealth. Now today, if you plan to head to Anacortes, you may have to rethink your travel plans. The M.V. Yakima was taken out of service this morning for repairs and this is impacting the new schedule. Here is the bulletin currently posted on the WSF website:
Ana/SJs-Cancelled Sailing-Yakima OOS due to necessary repairs to ves.-Correction
The Yakima is out of service due to necessary repairs to the vessel. This will cancel the 9:00 am sailing from Anacortes to Orcas, and 10:00am sailing from Orcas to Friday Harbor. This will also cancel the 11:10 am sailing from Friday Harbor to Orcas,the 12:00 Noon Orcas to Shaw, 12:15pm Shaw to Lopez, and 12:45pm sailing from Lopez to Anacortes. We apologize for the inconvenience. Updates will occur when more information becomes available.
This is yet another manifestation of the consequences of an aging fleet with limited back-up boats. Please urge your elected officials to use the upcoming legislative session to come to grips with this ongoing problem. It’s only going to get worse.
The Ferry Community Partnership meets again on Jan. 5. They have delayed their starting time to noon so San Juan Islanders can attend in person. More information will be posted later this week. If you cannot attend in person, but would be interested in Skyping into the meeting, post a reply to this message and we’ll get you in touch with the appropriate FCP people. The topic of this meeting will be lobbying efforts for the upcoming session. Timely and very important!