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Old 01-09-2011
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Vancouver Sail Trip Planning Advice

Hi, we are holidaying in Canada this summer, flying out to Montreal and touring Quebec, Ontaria, Toronto and Niagara before flying to Calgary and renting a car to drive from the Rockies to Vancouver via the Okenago wine region. We are in Canada for just under 6 weeks in total. We plan on arriving in Vancouver about the 12th/13th August and had hoped to charter a yacht for a week whilst there followed by time in Vancouver and touring Vancouver Island.

We need advice to help us make up our minds regarding the sailing trip planning. We originally planned to charter for a week and hopefully sail to Desolation Sound but we understand that 10 days would be the minimum time to charter to see anything of Desolation Sound.

Our other option is to plan a trip around the Gulf Islands for a week, but that may be crowded in August.

We cannot make up our minds and need to make bookings soon so as we see it our options are to:

1) delay the sailing in Canada until another trip and then plan a month of sailing around the Gulf Island and Desolation Sound to make the most of the sailing area (combined with more time in British Columbia and maybe down to Seattle) - this will give us more touring time in Quebec as we would fly to Calgary later;

2) plan a trip around the Gulf Islands only for a week, but we do not know if we would feel let down with it;

3) plan a 3 night short trip in the Gulf Island during the week to miss the weekend sailors to get a taste of the sailing area (probably chartering out of Nanaimo).

Our previous sailing experience is:

sailing a Lark and Laser (dingies), sailing a small Hunter yacht we own (lake sailing only so far), chartering in ther BVIs, Greece - Northern Ionian and Sourthern Ionian, Kornatis in Croatia, Bay of Islands (NZ), the Whitsunday's, the Channnel Islands, and the Isle of Wight and surrounding areas.

Many thanks for any advice and trip planning guidance in advance.
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