I did basically this route
last July, only over a longer period of time (added more destinations - had 4 weeks instead of 2).
Check out my blog (in the signature below) and search for "Tofino" and you'll find the two relevant posts. (pre-trip and post-trip)
We ended up scaling back our pre-trip plans by about 20%. If you haven't done a lot of long days of motoring yet, you might find you don't like that. You have some long days in your plan. Seattle
- Port Angeles - Neah Bay is doable though. We did Seattle
- Sequim - Neah Bay. Sequim shortens the first day and is a nice anchorage. Also, we rode
the ebb to PT but hit the flood after rounding Point Wilson, which slowed us down a lot. Since tides don't last enough hours to make it all the way from Seattle to PA on one ebb, you'll need to fight some flood either on the front end or the tail end. Front end probably better (choose a place where the flood is weaker).
I don't know who told you off Port Renfrew, but we anchored there and found it fine. I did see a couple cruising guides
said it might be rolly, but it was very calm for us. The Strait was basically flat that day in July for the return, so that may be why. Port Renfrew (aka Port San Juan) splits the return trip nicely. About 46 nm Bamfield - Port Renfrew, and about 42 nm then to Becher Bay. Or push on to Victoria for about 14 nm more, but if wind
are up at Race
Rocks by then you'll probably want to duck into Becher Bay for the night. Approaching Becher Bay and Race
Rocks was the only time in the Straits we got high winds (25 kts). The rest of the time the wind
was either calm (0) or light (5-8 kts).
Yes you could do Bamfield - Becher Bay in one day, but that is about 80 nm. And I like to sail. That's a very long day if you want to cover say half the miles sailing. With perfect wind it's doable but from our trip last year, it was rare indeed to get perfect wind for a whole day in the PNW in the summer. From Bamfield to Port Renfrew we had dead calm. And from Port Renfrew to Becher Bay we had dead calm and fog
in the morning. 80 miles motoring in a 34 takes about 12-13 hrs. Like I said, the choice depends on how much you like motoring vs sailing.
Effingham to Tofino, and the return, are also long days. (even though the mileage doesn't look long, we found it took longer than we expected)
If I were you and didn't need to pick up crew in Tofino I'd probably skip Tofino and just spend more time in Bamfield, Ucluelet and Barkley anchorages
. But you probably need to pick up crew in Tofino. FYI there is a bus to Ucluelet from the Tofino airport
(but it's a little bit longer).