Hello all just returned from three weeks of sailing in the PNW. For the first two weeks it rained everyday. But interspersed wth the rain was sun. Tempature was in the 60's which maight be cold for some of you but was very fine with me. Especially since the temp at home in Northern Cal
was in the low 100's.
I must say that those of you who live in BC are some of the most fortuante people. The cruising grounds are lovely. Anchorages
every few hours of sailing. Wind
was not on all the time. But that is the same everywhere. We went to some lovely anchorages
. Montague Harbour, Telegraph Harbour, Nanaimo was a special treat b/c the fire off a 6lb cannon every day at noon. Compleat with bagpipes. We hung around for an hour beforehand talking to the piper and exploring the Bastion, which is the last building standing of the Hudson
Bay Trading Company. From there we sailed across the Straits of Georgia
and went to Pender Harbour for the night and from there we motored up to Lund which is the start of Highway 101.
We had mechanical problems in Lundour impeller gave up the ghost right as we were heading to Desolation Sound. Changed the impeller but had problems getting the old impwller out of the raw water
system and then we still didn't have water
coming out of the exhaust
. Finally tried everything I knew and had to hire a mechanic
to go thru all the different thngs that I had done to expell impeller parts
from the water
system. As it turned out there was a problem that ended up buring up another impeller. (I'll post about that later). We waited for a day to get a spare impeller and then took off. for Squirrel Cove where the reversing rapids allow you to go downstream into a lake at high tide and then from the lake to the bay at low tide. The next morining we saw three golden eagles fighting with three bald eagles for the prime fishing
We decided to head
back to b/c of the rain. When we went to start the engine
there was no water coming from the engine
. I checked the impeller and there were four fins missing and a number of others were torn. Back to the drawing board. After consoltaion with Never Monday on cell phone
I decided to make a new gasket
for the raw water
strainer and move the strainer below the waterline instead of 30" above the waterline. With both of those things done I had no more problems.
The next day we had a 14hour ninety nm run from Cortes Island to Nanaimo with a two hour stop to pick up a spare impeller. We motored for the first three hours and then after leaving Westview got slammed with 25 to 30 knots on the nose and driving rain. We were motoring along and only getting four knots out of the boat. We decided to try sailing. With a single
reef and a 95% jib
s/v Ohana felt underpowered. We were sailing along at 7 knots over the ground. Don't know what we were doing thru the water. The tide turned and we started getting nines and tens over the ground.
We tried to anchor
off Newcastle Island but there wasn't enouch room so we tied to the Port Authority Dock
had showers and went to bed
. The next morning we got up at 4am to get thru Dodd Narrows. The Van Isle to Nanaimo race
was just finishing as we left. Three boats had decided to sail thru the Narrows but didn't get there until the tide had turned and they were unable to get thru the narrows.
We hit Sidney on June 30th for the fireworks(Sidney shoots them off a day earlier than Canda Day). We met up with Brian and MA O'neil and their grandkids. We had a soccer game
then an ice cream and then watched the fireworks. It was great. The next day July 1st -- Canada
Day -- we went to the 1.5 hour long parade. Seems like everyone in a ten mile radius was at the parade. My 10 year old daughter cut her foot on a broken bottle and it required 7 stitches. It was like the old days in CA. four people stopped to see how she was. One was a nurse, like my wife, and told her that she needed to go to the hospital. A very nice couple stopped and took care of her while my ten year old son ran to the boat and told us in a very clear voice. "Mom Dad get the first aid kit it is an emergency
. Marina cut her foot." People came out of the returaunt and placed compresses on her foot to stop the bleeding. Brian and Ma's grandaughter did a wonderful job of applying pressure and keeping my daughter's foot elevated. The couple who had stopped offered us a ride to the hospital. My wife went with my daughter and only an hour and a half after leaving wife and daughter were back. They had only spent an hour in the ER. Try that in the US. Last time my wife went to the ER it took her three hours to see the doctor.
The next day we met friends in Friday Harbor. My daughters best friend and her mom. From there we went to Garrison Bay for the night and the next morning left for Victoria.
On the way to Victoria we saw a pod of Killer Whales and then had a nice sail into the harbour.
It wasn't crowded at all. We were able to moor right in front of the Empress Hotel
. Victoria has a very nice Maritime Museum. The BC Museum of natural history
and a very active set of Boskers. We decided to only spend one day there b/c it was a drain on the pocket book. It was fun but expensive.
From there it was Bedwell Harbour and then back to Sidney. A fine trip inded. Only problem was that it was not long enough.