Submitted by: Count Enrico Alfredo Ferrari
This was my best two week cruise in the Gulf Islands. The pace was slow as we spent two days at several spots and some very short days of travel.
It is recommended that one enjoys the journey more than the destination.
The total mileage by boat was about 270 km.
To start the journey for you, please note the maps below.
#1 map shows North America and locates, by the red dot, our starting location
and the basic cruising grounds.
Map #2 shows the path we took through the San Juans to Victoria and then up through the Gulf Islands, over to Vancouver, and then home to Anacortes.
|For those who want to skip ahead, you can check the entire trip here. See where we went, and then look at the photos below for a fast read.|
|The Count and Princess Polly hauling 2 out of the 8 carts|
to the boat.
|Princess Polly going in deep cleaning mode.|
|Princess Polly in a clean and organized boat.|
|Astroman driving with "Otto" the autopilot.|
|The Countess sailing to |
note the weather improvement.
|Motoring south outside of |
morning of Day 2, not much wind.
The Coffee Incident
|The best whale photos we got. Topiary in front of the|
Empress Hotel in
|The Countess taking a reading break from all the|
hard work of sailing downwind.
|Jah Mon in front of the Empress Hotel|
|Popcorn and Cribbage|
Halibut grilled with soy, salt and pepper
|A great option for the Count's next ride. A Subaru, RH drive|
|John Lennon's 1965 Rolls Royce.|
|Full sized working water wheel pump with|
|The "Iron Chink", cast into the front of it.|
See the top arch for confirmation of Political Correctness
|The Count with his admirers on the waterfront in |
|The setting sun and Empress Marina, (not full).|
Jah Mon is in the center of the shot.
|The crew of Camelot board during the cocktail hour|
. Rick, Maggie, Lori, Bridgett, Count Ferrari and Bob.
|The Lady Washington under sail on|
the previous Wednesday race day.
|The repair guy holding the separated fuel|
pick up tube from the top of the tank.
An Astroman Day:
|The new use of the dink bottom cover|
|Sidney Spit to Ganges with stops for finding the runaway dink and visiting Portland Island Park.|
|Tracking the scent of the missing dinghy.|
Princess Polly doing the guiding.
|The missing dink, floating on it's own,|
not a care in the world.
with Princess Polly after anchoring.
|The Princess and the Countess hiking on Portland Island|
|Count Enrico enjoying the sun just before|
we were chased off the beach by a deluge of rain.
Fire and Rain:
|Coming into |
Big black clouds ahead.
|The hail making big splashes in |
5-7 minutes and then sunny again.
|This chart shows two days of travel, 5km and then another 8 km the next day.|
|The house of Andrew, our host for the first of the two|
courses. The Countess would live here!
|A tonal target nicely sited on a curved tree with lots of guardians.|
|Sav and John, the winners, walking with Dennis in the|
sun and the daisies on course 2.
|One of the larger boats sharing our anchorage.|
After Eight, 151'
|Count Ferrari UPdating the rock with felt pen|
renewing the '09 Jah Mon sign.
|Countess Lori showing off the newly spiffed|
Jah Mon sign on the window ledge.
|Princess Polly showing off the trees and moss|
on the hike on
|Motoring in sun and no wind to Pirate's Cove from |
Looking carefully, you will see a very nice 5 'thruster'
by the driftwood fort, built by Count Ferrari.
|Another CF 5 'thruster' on the spine|
near the entrance to the cove with the tide out.
|The same 'thruster' when the tide is most of the way in.|
Entrance to Pirates Cove. That is a log in the foreground.
|Princess Polly looking for action on the bed of moss.|
|Catalina 36 stuck on right side of entrance. |
Jah Mon in background waiting for more water
in the entrance to Pirates Cove.
|Raccoon having breakfast.|
|Private island with water toys next to Pirate's Cove.|
|The movement line is the wrong color, it should have been green.|
We sailed down wind through Gabriola Passage!
|The False Creek Yacht Club in |
|Jah Mon next to the |
|Motoring around shallow water to Point Roberts Marina and customs.|
|The last day's travel. Starting with a nice reach with a wind went forward to come straight on our nose, so we motored the last 18 miles.|