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31 days to Desolation Sound in 20' yawl (pic heavy)

Another long summer trip is behind us and our Nimble 20 'Turnstone'.

We launched in Anacortes and cruised swiftly by the busy powerboat extravaganza called the San Juan Islands via the outer route. Entered the Gulf Islands, where sailboats seem to have more space and are accompanied by their brethren to a larger degree. Exited again thru Porlier Pass and hit the mainland shore near Smuggler Cove. Up the coast to finally arrive in Desolation Sound in time for some well needed overcast skies and rain. Pleasant days were spent exploring before returning largely along the same route, except crossing the Strait of Georgia near Lasqueti.

Not as good winds as last year, mainly due to the record setting heatwave. Still used only 6 gls of fuel total for a months worth of cruising. We are always on a budget it seems, so again we proved that boating is indeed an affordable pursuit open to down-and-out adventurers like us. Besides the food that we would eat anyway we spent under $100 for this vacation including launch fees, gas and one night at a marina. But what marina!! No budget is too tight to not visit Vananda on Texada Island where wharfinger Ted and his wife tirelessly welcome all incoming vessels.


The always exciting wind conditions around Entrance Island lighthouse gave us some good sailing


Porlier Pass anchorage


Close to being becalmed in the middle of the Strait of Georgia, slightly north of Halibut Bank


Elusive Half Moon Bay cove. Dries on spring tides.


Hiking on West Redonda took us to the empty south shore


Smiles all around when reaching in 10-12 knots, Strait of Georgia.


Gulf Islands scenery


Desolation sound flotsam


Cold morning after a beating into 15-18 knots for 2 hours. Lawrence Point, Orcas Isl.


The dinghy sailor at the helm of the big boat


Good old Arbutus and emerald water


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That's a cool boat! I know how you feel about the powerboats, I sail a 24' Islander, and even though she is heavy, she can lose all headway when a good wake unsettles her in a light wind.
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Great report.

Many years ago (about 20) we cruised Desolation Sound for two weeks in our Catalina 25 with three children and a dog.

We towed the boat from Idaho, sleeping in the boat on the trailer at rest stops and in the ferry lines. We launched from Lund and spent the first night in Copeland Marine Park.

We had a great time, what a beautiful area. At that time it was pretty desolate.
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Great report, sorry we missed you this time around. Just got back ourselves from a similar trip but confess to not having your patience and we burned quite a bit more fuel in the doldrums.

..but the swimming was good pretty much everywhere!

Beautiful pictures.
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Great photos! Thanks for sharing.
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niko - AWESOME report dude! That's looks like some incredible sailing and great time with the family. And on a budget no less!

Thanks for showing us all how it's done!
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Great pics! I love the one of your boat anchored from above.

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What a great report! Thanks for the pics. You've strengthened my resolve to make the trip north again next year. Where did you get your earth flag?
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Great pics, and beautiful geography.....THANKS.......i2f
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