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Re: Videos : Sailing Vancouver Islands West Coast
Once you leave Victoria, aside from Sooke which is hard to navigate, your next stop is Bamfield. I usually do that overnight. This time of year it is a very long day. Port Renfrew is not viable, open to the south and the dock is fixed, you do not want to tie up.
Spend a whole bunch of time in Barkley Sound. Joe's Bay (Walsh Island, Turtle Island, come in from the north) , Effingham Bay, Nettle Island, Pinkerton Island (lunch stop, too much current for me). The Port Alberni Yacht Club station at Robbers Pass on Fleming Island is great; showers, water (maybe), great folks if they are there.
The marinas in Tofino are reported to have lots of current. I actually have only been there by land. It is nice.
Ucluelet is nice stop; say hi to Steve Bird, the harbour master at the small boat harbour and tell him I will see him later in July. Hot Springs is great although crowded with tourists during the day, stay overnight to enjoy the springs to yourself in the evening or the morning. It is a bit of a hike, but really worth it.
I come back down Juan de Fuca at night, avoiding the TSS, and go for breakfast in Victoria at John's Place.
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