|‘Astroman’ Jay Gaston Carbone with the worst damage of the rounding.|
|Departing Friday Harbor, clearing customs at Bedwell and then anchoring at Ganges on Salt Spring Island|
|Departing Ganges and anchoring at Wallace Island Marine Park.|
|Showing off the Jah Mon sign of '09 at the 'Boat House'|
on Wallace Island. A Marine Park.
|West wall of 'Boat House' on Wallace Island|
May 7, 2010: 21.4 nm
|The run from Wallace Island Marine Park to Nanaimo through Dodd Narrows.|
|Nanaimo to Jedidiah Marine Park across the first bit of deadly water... the Straits of Georgia. Very calm today.|
|Jedidiah Marine Park to Cortez Bay on Cortez Island|
|This shows the locations of Cortez Bay better. Many YC outstations here. The disc golf course is about a mile away.|
|CB is inside the Cortez Disc Golf Club house|
|Astro adds scale to the outside of the Cortez Disc Golf|
Clubhouse. A very organic structure!
Did I tell you we covered 48.7 miles yesterday with a following wind which we sailed about 25 miles! Much of it in long sleeved tee shirts.
So I introduced Astroman to the miracle product of the Magic Eraser, or Mr. Clean sponge. He had never seen one but found that it takes off the worst scuffs off of the gel coat with ease! He got started in the cockpit and just went nuts! It was a sunny day, so I fed him snacks and drinks on demand and he just sponged away for hours! The entire cockpit and transom were GORGEOUS on his retirement.
I felt I had to take advantage of that cleanliness and followed up with a wax and polish over the area. Jah Mon was looking good! Astro had made an excellent contribution to the voyage. Too bad he couldn't stay longer.
He did manage a ride from a local ferry worker for the next morning. Siri was really cute, she gave us all a ride back to the dock from the disc course that evening. I am assured he had a good run home on public transport through Campbell River.
|Astro with an action photo of his approach shot. Target|
is in the shadow on the left and it appears his disc is
heading to the right. Hmmmm...
|The short hop from Cortez Bay to Squirrel Cove for supplies.|
|Jah Mon as the only boat at Squirrel Cove. We were very early|
in the season.
|We stopped for supplies at a very expensive but with good stuff and public|
wharf in Squirrel Cove.
|The long run through many rapids near Big Bay. We hit 5k of antiwater in Dent Rapids.|
|The VERY long day from Cordero Islets (one of the top 5 anchorages for the trip) to Port McNeil.|
|Arrival at Port McNeil Public Wharf. A great location to town.|
|The yellow line shows the messing about the Broughtons and then the green line shows actual sailing to Hurst Island|
and getting to God's Pocket. That was some hooting winds in the 20s and a bit of rain.
|Our Naviguessor and Weather Monitor.|
REAR Admiral John H. Papajani
|Sara 'Legs' Papajani on board for 4 days.|
|The red dots showing our too short visit to a part of the Broughtons.|
|Legs and the Count Naviguessing|
|Our path through the Brougtons.|
From Village Is. The destination was
|The printed out weather recorder with the stations on it|
for recording what is current weather. The stations
change as one moves up or down the coast.
|The view of God's Pocket Resort from the water.|
|A cabin front at God's Pocket.|
|One of many hummingbird here.|
|Unique furniture and fire pit at God's Pocket.|
|Chris, Annie, Count Enrico, and Rear Admiral Papajani|
|It was easy, fine motoring after the storm. God's Pocket was a good spot to be in the BIG wind. On to Bull Harbor|
and then rounding Cape Scott.
|Motoring to Bull Harbor|
|We couldn't find anyone to give money to but the cruising|
guides say you should so we did try.
It was difficult to find the path to the beach but we kept poking around eventually we broke through to the north side of the island. Big winds are always here it seems.
|Count Enrico and Chris walk on large rolling rock|
on Roller Bay.
|Many floats to be found here on Roller Bay.|
|Wind Blown trees on Roller Bay.|
|20-25k winds, motor sailing into a beat until we turned left and down the coast. It was nice to get behind some land|
at the bottom of this trip!
|Count Enrico working hard going around Cape Scott.|
Winds in the mid 20s at about 45d apparent.
Spelled at the wheel every hour!
Winter Harbor Fuel Dock and Store
|Astroman's crab snare. Still a virgin device despite effort.|
|Lots of art on the Winter Harbor|
|Fish cleaning station.|
|Gate to a local habitation.|
|One of the fishing resort cabin / dock at Winter Harbor|
|More fish art on the boardwalk at Winter Harbor.|
Sunday May 23, 2010 10nm
|North Harbor on the left was very quiet and tranquil. East Cove on the right is one of the top 5 anchorages for the trip.|
|It may have been small but it had enough|
relations for dinner for 3!
|East Cove, one of the prettiest anchorages ever!|
|A page from Dreamspeaker Cruising Guide. The best guide we had.|
|A messing about day, short mileage and high in scenic value. Julian Cove, where we ended up was our first Black|
Bear sighting and very protected anchorage. Don't go too deep into it or you will find mud!
|Too much food again.|
|John and Chris wait for the results of the crab pot set.|
|JP gets the shot with his big lens on his fancy SLR Nikon!|
|Note the turbid water and the white caps... It was a very|
easy run through the narrows. Lots of eagles.
|JP, messing with electronics prior to going up the river|
in L'il Mon. We didn't bring extra batteries though.
|We found the last slip at Coal Harbor. It is a public|
wharf with lots of water and easy garbage disposal.
|A one day run to get to the staging area to make the jump around Brooks Penninsula. A very big chunk of the island!|
It is just Chris and I from here on out. It would be lonely otherwise. NO boats except for commercial and the odd
sport fishing boat.
CF was up at 4:48 and we were underway at 6:08 after breakfast and coffee.
|This is the anchorage that got away. The Bunsby Island Marine Park. We were trying to get tucked into Kyuquot|
Sound before some big winds arrived so we drove right on past. Very pretty at the orange dot.
|A close up on where we went and the entrance to Hohoae Island's Dixie Cove. Another top 5 anchorage!|
|This shows most of the anchoages we found in Kyuquot Sound. We were trapped here because of big weather outside.|