Hey all.. we've been away for nearly 6 weeks (anyone notice??
) and happy to say we managed another great summer on the water. Slow to start with a cold spring, summer arrived with a vengeance in early July. We had only 3 days with any rain, and none of it steady. Some wind, some calm as is typical hereabouts but we actually had better sailing conditions in Desolation than usual (and more calms than normal further south). Record heat at times, and an invasion of smoke from interior forest fires marred a few days here and there. The smoke haze did do some amazing things for the sunsets, though!
Our approximate routing below:
Our itinerary included the Gulf Islands, Jervis Inlet and Malaspina strait, Jedidiah and Hornby Islands. Comox and its music festivals held us for a few days, after which we meandered up into Desolation - Copeland Is, Tenedos Bay, Pendrell Sound, Walsh cove, Cortez Bay, Squirrel Cove, Teakerne Arm, Von Donop, Gorge Harbour, Heriot Bay, - all the usual haunts.
We managed to spinnaker north up Malaspina one day, and again in the opposite direction the next.
A highlight of our stop at Vananda, Texada Is, was a swim in an abandoned Limerock quarry
This beautiful morning on Gunboat Bay, Pender Hrbr gave way to Sabot wars a little later on!
Some days we had a breeze, others not!
Smoke was an issue for a while, but it made for some different sunsets..
A snug anchorage at Jedidiah, and a typical Gulf Yacht Club raft-up at Cougar Island:
Hornby Island's Tribune Bay, and a remarkable piece of driftwood
Sun setting on the anchorage at Newcastle Island, Nanaimo center distant.
And now it's back to the grind...