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post #11 of Old 08-03-2013
Courtney the Dancer
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Re: Barkley Sound, West Coast Vancouver Island

I've done the trip twice, both early in the year so can't comment on frequency of fog in Sept. I see you've put the trip off for a bit, I would recommend earlier in the year for the longer days and less fog. The only difficulty is the long distance between Sooke and Bamfield, we try to time it to take advantage of a long ebb starting early in the AM, and hope for light winds in the afternoon. We motor at 6.25 knots and I think it took about 12 hours (I don't like Pt. Renfrew, anchored there on one return trip to cut the trip in half but pulled the hook an hour later because of swell, exposure and continued to anchor at Sooke just inside the light). This is one of the great trips of the PNW IMHO, and everyone should do it at least once, a bit challenging but well worth the effort.

SV Laurie Anne

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