Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
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Re: British Columbia wilderness, sometime in next 3 years, any exp
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.
Planning is essential. Some of the currents are downright nasty.
Start with the Canadian Hydrographic Service "Sailing Directions" British Columbia Coast (Southern Portion)
The appendices in the back show some wind direction and velocities as well as days with fog, etc..
There are a few blogs that discuss the trip as well.
ISPA Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor Evaluator
Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Instructor
IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Instructor
ASA 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 214
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