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Nearer Vancouver there are extensive sandbanks that seem to be magnets for boaters looking to take the 'clear path'.. in some areas the shoals extend 5 miles or more offshore. "Spanish Banks', "Sturgeon Banks", "Sandheads".... all appropriate names.
When I took my CYA navigation and basic cruising classes from the Jib Set who operated out of False Creek, the manuals read, "When you run aground on Spanish Banks ..." No "if" about it. I once noticed that I was sailing very close to someone standing chest high in the water; I altered course.
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