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Re: Vancouver to Hornby Island
I'd go around Bowen Island in a NW wind to Gibsons or Plumper cove marine park. Then I'd go up the coast to to Sechelt and anchor behind the breakwater there, or if conditions are good ,continue to Smugglers cove in the protection of Texada , Lasqueti and Thormandby Islands. You can fuel up in Secret cove, but the gas dock just inside the entrance has been up to 22 cents a litre more than the one up the centre channel ( Bucanneer Marina.) From there you can beam reach in either a southeasterly or northwesterly to Lasquetti and cruise in relatively protected water up the east side of Lasquetti, It is only about ten miles or less to Tribune bay , but best stick to sailing a bit high on a SE wind, as the Qualicum could hit you on the nose by surprise half way across, and initially sailing toward the Qualicum gap makes it a close reach if it does.
I sail this route many times a year, in all kinds of weather. Going up the Vancouver Island side could be a big mistake
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"