Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-12-2009, 08:01   #1
Registered User
Exocet's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: 49-29 N, 124-44 W
Boat: Beneteau 305
Posts: 69
Johnstone Strait in January?

Thinking about heading North from Comox to Telegraph Cove in early January. Time is of no concern, the longer I'm out, the better. Boat is Bene 30'.
Looking for any thoughts on general wind direction in the strait during the winter, as well as suggested routes, anchorages. Does the fog roll in on the winter mornings (would cuase me to abondon running rapids till next slack)?

Thanks.... Love winter sailing, cool in soo many ways.

Exocet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2009, 09:09   #2
Registered User
Solitude's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: West Coast, BC , Canada
Boat: Cascade
Posts: 595
Cold time of the year to be out there. Chppy, riptides and everchanging conditions, traffic as well

Go outside and PLAY!
Solitude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2009, 09:46   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Vancouver Island BC
Boat: 41' Morgan Classic
Posts: 98
I also love winter sailing. The route I would take would be to sail around the west side of Cortes Is. - Von Donop Inlet at the top of Cortes is my favourite anchorage. I would then head up Calm Channel, between Sonora and Stuart Islands (pay close attention to your tide book, the Dent and Yucalta rapids can be scary!). Head up to Phillips Arm, anchoring at the mouth of the Phillips River. A dinghy trip up the Phillips River is a treat, unfortuanately you're a couple of months too late to get pictures of the grizzlies. Next is Cordero and Chancellor Channels which will take you to Johnstone Strait, bypassing Discovery Passage (a good thing in my mind). It is then a straight shot to Telegraph Cove, a trip I haven't made (yet).

Weather - who knows. Good chance it will be like right now, lots of sunshine, not much wind, but cold.

Enjoy and good sailing.
bytownboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2009, 09:50   #4
Senior Cruiser
jackdale's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Posts: 4,848
Images: 1
I have been through Johnstone Strait 10 times; 8 time while going around the island, twice last July on a trip Comox - Port Hardy - Comox.

As I try to miss Chatham Point, I usually avoid Seymour Narrows in favour of the Yucultas. Surge Narrow / Upper Rapids will take you past Chatham Point, but the stop at Octopus Islands is very nice.

Read either Dreamspeaker or Sailing Direction for the instructions to get through the Yucultas, it is not that bad, but can only be done once a day. Plan ahead.

Blind Channel is a good place to check conditions in Johnstone before venturing further, the marina has free wifi.

From there follow Cordero Channel (if conditions are good) or go through Sunderland Channel via Whirlpool Rapids back into Johnstone.

I take Havannah Channel / Chatham Channel to Lagoon Cove (funky marina) or Poots Lagoon (well protected) or Cutter Cove (open to the west). Avoid Port Harvey - way too much logging activity.

Then Baronette Passage into Johnstone Strait again for a short hop to Telegraph Cove. Why stop there?

Check Sailing Directions for the average weather conditions(or I could post it).

The winds seem to favour you on the way up. The way back wil be a beat.

ISPA Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor Evaluator
Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Instructor
IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Instructor
ASA 201, 203,204, 205, 206, 214
As I sail, I praise God, and care not. (Luke Foxe)
jackdale is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2009, 11:56   #5
Registered User
Stillraining's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Puget Sound
Boat: Irwin 41 CC Ketch
Posts: 2,876
"Go simple, go large!".

Relationships are everything to me...everything else in life is just a tool to enhance them.
Stillraining is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best Way to Cross Strait of Gibraltar intermezzo Europe & Mediterranean 5 23-08-2009 17:48
Greetings from the Strait carlab3 Meets & Greets 3 24-07-2008 22:28
COOK STRAIT Weather exfishnz Pacific & South China Sea 92 29-06-2008 00:11
Cook Strait Weather, NZ seafox General Sailing Forum 124 17-12-2007 01:24
Multihull on Strait of Georgia Tom Spohn Multihull Sailboats 3 04-09-2007 20:23

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 17:23.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.