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Crossing from West Vancouver to Sidney

So I need to bring my new (old) boat back home. I'm thinking of doing it the weekend of 8/9th June.
Assuming the weather is OK, my plan was going to be along these lines:

Saturday 8th
04:00 - Depart Fisherman's Cove and make for Porlier pass (approx 25 miles), maintain average of 5kts
09:00 - Arrive Porlier Pass and catch the last of the current in the right direction (slack at the pass is supposed to be around 10am)
Going then be against the current all the way down Trincomali etc but that's no biggie, figure we would be into Sidney by around 16:30

Doing it Sunday would mean about 30 minutes later departure to hit the pass for the 10:30 slack.

Any gaping holes in my plan? Have I completely misread everything?
Any other suggestions? I'd rather avoid sailing overnight, or staying somewhere.
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Re: Crossing from West Vancouver to Sidney

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04:00 - Depart Fisherman's Cove and make for Porlier pass (approx 25 miles), maintain average of 5kts

Any gaping holes in my plan? Have I completely misread everything?
Any other suggestions? I'd rather avoid sailing overnight, or staying somewhere.
The 'avoid staying somewhere' is going to be a problem if you want to leave at 4 am 'cos the ferries don't run at night. On the other hand, if you found somebody to drop you off at Fisherman's Cove for a 4 am departure, that means you are sailing or motoring over night
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Re: Crossing from West Vancouver to Sidney

Well obviously I'd go over the night before and stay on the boat
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Re: Crossing from West Vancouver to Sidney

Certainly no need to stay overnight.. your plan sounds OK except why leave so early? You're more likely to get a decent breeze later in the day and we've got plenty of daylight, plus favourable tide for the run down the islands in the next phase (which may be more of a biggie than you think).
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Re: Crossing from West Vancouver to Sidney

Trying to hit the pass for slack, otherwise it means coming the whole way down on the outside.
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Re: Crossing from West Vancouver to Sidney

Yes, I get that. I see the later slack is at 6 pm.. that is a bit late, but you do have 4 hours effective daylight nearly this time of year after that. it's a pretty big flood during the afternoon and that's really going to slow you down between Saltspring and Sidney.

Fighting the tide down the outside would be tough too...

If it were me I'd go for the late slack at Porlier and push through to Sidney (with tide assist) or stop at Wallace or Ganges or Prevost and do the rest the next day, but you've decided not to stop...

btw... have we been told about the new girl??
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Re: Crossing from West Vancouver to Sidney

I'd rather take the early one and have plenty of daylight room for things going wrong, plus arriving at a new slip in a new boat in the dark doesn't appeal too much.
Once I get her home I'll put up the details, no point posting something until then in case I sink on the way
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Re: Crossing from West Vancouver to Sidney

4am.....holy crap.
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Re: Crossing from West Vancouver to Sidney

It's a late night rather than an early morning
I might have a couple of extra crew as well, so you can sleep in (assuming you're coming along of course).
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Re: Crossing from West Vancouver to Sidney

I'm still in, but I will be single handling the boat with my right hand only as my left hand is pretty much useless. If you don't absolutely need me.......then.....
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