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12-06-2011 10:20 AM
Enduro Capt Len. We have had a great season in the PNW. I live in Denver and manage to get to the boat once a month. Spent most of the time exploring the San Juan islands and have been to Victoria a couple of times. What a beautiful place the PNW is. We have been very lucky with the weather. Every single day were were there it was sunny! We are booked to come back for Christmas and sail to Victoria where we will spend Christmas day so I will keep my eye out for you if you are about. We have booked a slip infront of the Empress hotel. I will watch out for the canon. Next year we plan to explore a little more north. so many choices. (SV Sarita).
12-06-2011 01:09 AM
Capt Len Isn't the coast just the greatest sailing area? Last time I came up from San Diego (60 ft steel cutter, 2 crew) we motored the entire way to Victoria.NOT a breath of wind. You just never know.Hope you enjoy further cruising in our local waters.I'm the tanbark gaff ketch working out of Victoria Touristy stuff.Drop over for a gam but watch out for the cannon.
12-06-2011 12:31 AM
Enduro I purchased a Hallberg Rassy 46 in Feb 2011 and sailed up to the Pacific North West from San Diego. The advice was to either truck the boat up or sail to Hawaii and then across to Vancouver island. Given the prevailing winds are NNW and a 1knot plus current we knew it was not going to be the most pleasant of trips. We chose to do the trip in two legs, first leg to San Fran then after 3 days sail to Victoria on Vancouver island. We decided to sail offshore, as close to the wind as possible and do large tacks up the coast. The first day out of San Diego was calm and not enough wind to sail. The following two days we had winds 30-40 knots and heading into 8 ft seas. It took a day to get used to the movement but with 6 crew on board we had plenty of time for rest and the boat performed well. We left at the beginning of May hoping to catch a southerly change. As luck had it we caught one and sailed into San Fran doing 10knts with the wind behind. Marvelous. We had a few minor repairs to do: the nav lights on the pulpit were torn off going through the waves and the dorade in the v berth would not close and therefore leaked. Other than that we had no repairs. The leg from San Fran to Victoria was almost identical to the first leg. Calm for the first day then 30-40 knots from the north until we turned into the straight of San Juan de Fuca. Although the trip was rough we had great fun. I really got to know the boat, warts and all, and although the winds were strong the sun shone and we all laughed most of the way (except one crew member who broke two ribs have being thrown out of the head as we lurched over the top of one wave). We could have trucked it but would not have had the experience and the repairs only mounted to a few hundred dollars. The crew was made up of half experienced sailors and half with little but some experience. We always had one experienced sailor on watch. The whole trip took 12 days excluding the stopover in San Fran.
12-03-2011 04:38 PM
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Depends on your sense of adventure - a solo sailor just went through on a Vega 27/

Here is the link to Matt's Blog

Solo Around the America's Under Sail | An audacious attempt at sailing the Northwest Passage and circumnavigating entirety of both continents, to benefit Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating

This has been a very good read..
12-03-2011 02:49 PM
mitiempo Depends on your sense of adventure - a solo sailor just went through on a Vega 27/
12-02-2011 10:35 PM
Capt Len All depends on the wind It moves the ice about and either clears or jams the only narrow channel for small vessels.Look at the charts. You make it through or go back to Tuk and try again next year.Getting better every year but still no guarantee .From Greenland same story. One year nobody made it , next year a Hobi cat from Denmark made it. Steel hull is best but several glass have done the passage. I had a 42 ft wooden and never considered it as a contender. Besides I was doing commercial (science) charters. Really challenging cruising area but getting there is fun. North Pacific.Bering St ,Prudeau Bay, Beaufort Sea. and you're only to Tuktoyyaktuk Then the passage. Lots has written about it both historic and contemporary. It will be a while before it's more than big commerce and military but the B.C. coast still has my vote.
12-02-2011 08:31 PM
steel I hear that the northern passage is now open for some shipping ...

Seriously what of a boat would you need to do that? Do they still need ice breakers and/or has it melted on its own by the end of the summer?
11-11-2011 01:56 AM
Capt Len I heard that some 2500 lemmings a season do that southern crossing now Sounds like there's lots of support and hand holding for you . Ann Davidson drifted across alone in 90 days. I sailed? a Colin Archer fishboat to Tobago in 34 days . With all the company and electronics to boot one should be able to experience a great and memorable voyage without a whiff of adventure or romance. Wish you well! A tall ship and a star to steer her by.
11-11-2011 01:14 AM
olli Sorry, you are correct "ARC." But, actually there is a return leg (ARC Europe) from the Caribbean to Azores in May.
11-11-2011 12:51 AM
mitiempo I think you mean the ARC - Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. The only problem is that it goes from Las Palmas in the Canaries to St Lucia in the Caribbean.

http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/event_info.aspx
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