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We sail year round in the same area, and there is no question that the weather gets a bit harsher this time of year. There is an increase in the number of windy days, especially from the SE with the approach of bad weather. While this year has been exceptionally mild, it has been unusual.
An overnight trip to Bowen Island is no problem any time of year, but you do need to pay close attention to the forecasts. As you may have noticed this past weekend fog is also more prevalent in the fall and winter months.
A dash across Georgia Strait is also doable, again depending on the forecasts. Silva Bay, however, is not one of our favourite anchorages because the wind can really whistle through there all night and the wind is generally stronger on that side of the Strait than elsewhere. Of course, in the winter months we tend to tie up in marinas to get power to keep things warmer below.
Last year we did New Years eve at Bowen, but had to leave early to get home before a forecast storm came through. By the time we got home and checked the wind conditions on the net, things had heated up to 44K at Sisters Is, so we were wise to get ahead of it.
So use common sense, listen to the forecasts and current conditions on the VHF, dress appropriately and make sure you have the boat properly equipped for the harsher conditions (reliable safe cabin heat, the right sails/reefing systems in case things blow up unexpectedly, etc.)
And Enjoy! (and feel for those who have only a six month sailing season each year)