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Re: Book recommendations for rounding Van Isle?

I sure plan to avoid Johnstone Strait too, both for weather and aesthetic reasons. We have 7 days to go from Campbell River to Port Hardy, where we will be dropping off some friends who join us for the first week. In that time, I think we have time to go back around the southern tip of Quadra and take the back routes to the Queen Charlotte Strait Area.

Thanks for your tips Jackdale. Anyone who has gone around as much as you has wisdom I appreciate hearing.

On my kayak trip in 1996 I faced daily headwinds of 25-40 knots around Chathan Point all the way, every day, to Port Hardy. Just horrible for paddling, but won't be much nicer in a sailboat motoring! I'm not sure how much less the winds will be on the northern routes, but at least there is less fetch.
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