Nice Murray. We also did our first passage of the Strait of Georgia in the last month. The crossing from Naniamo to Half Moon Bay was in high winds (~25 knots) and we ran close hauled with both sails reefed. About 2/3rds of the way across the wind died down and we unreefed the sails and kept up our speed. We spent that night in Smuggler's Cove.
I'm sort of wondering if we could have run into you the next day anchoring in Van Dana (sp?) on Texana Island. We were sailing behind a Catalina 27 all day with a colorful wind seeker in light air, then anchored next to them in that harbor. We left very very early in the morning when the shifted 180 degrees.
We came back down Georgia Strait from Campbell River to Gabriola Passage about a week ago (this was over a 2 day period, we stayed at Hornby Island about halfway. There wasn't much wind, we ran the spinnaker for a while going about 3 knots, then motored the rest of the way.
A couple of photos, sorry about the large size (SailNet edits the Facebook URLs to make them huge). This is the Catalina 27 that we were sailing near:
A highlight of that day was watching a tanker airplane put out a fire in Powell River:
Flying the kite when we're heading south out of Hornby Island: