I was reading, in a sailing Facebook group that I belong to, about a person who just bought a new sailboat and is contemplating making the trip down the coast from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Astoria in the ocean. They were asking the group for advice. That got me thinking about the infamous Columbia River Bar and how important timing your arrival can be if you’re going to safely cross. So we’ll talk about the bar, and why it’s such a bear.