Originally Posted by jackdale
The west side of Vancouver Island can get really poopy at times. I have waited out hurricane force winds, and turned back because of very strong winds and high seas. I have also had to motor in dead calms. I have been around 11 times and making the 12th trip at the end of May.
A friend tried to go round in a Taser and had to be rescued.
A big part of preparation is planning for things like this. I'd love to know more about what winds are probable, what winds are predictable, how they're predictable, what they do to waves in certain areas, and the timing of it all. In the calms, in case it won't be easy to get all the info needed elsewhere from the net, kayaking and cruising guides, charts, and various editions of "Sailing Directions", any local knowledge small boat sailors, paddlers, or divers know about the tidal currents, even if they're like a half knot or less, in the inlets and places like Clayoquot Sound, would be very much appreciated.