Welcome to CF.
Having grown up in Victoria and lived in the Vancouver
for many years you’ve got a lovely area to cruise
. Unfortunately for sailing the most consistent wind
conditions are in the cooler and wetter seasons - floater jacket or the full floater suit are definitely your friend, as are good woollen gloves or mitts with removable finger for rope work
. Goretex overmitts are really nice too.
and Juan de Fuca Straights may not have big ocean swells but can still get pretty wild, so, within your limits, head
out when the wind
is up. Once you head
north of Campbell River you are much more on your own and can extend your cruise
for months as you head up towards Alaska
. And the west coast
of Vancouver Island is certainly open ocean, though with the benefit (but also danger) of having numerous all weather
As you build your own experience do consider joining others for offshore
passages, such as return deliveries of Vic-Maui yachts, or further afield. A passage
as crew for an experienced skipper
can be a great way to leap ahead in experience. Most of the people that we invite to join our passages are looking to gain offshore experience in a controlled way (that is, with someone else being responsible).
You’re near the beginning of an epic journey - enjoy!