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mbaillie 06-03-2013 07:21 PM

Vancouver to Hornby Island
 
Looking for information to sail from Vancouver to Hornby Island. Any advice? is it best to hug the coast along to Sechelt and cross to Parksville and head to Hornby?

Faster 06-03-2013 07:49 PM

Re: Vancouver to Hornby Island
 
Of course the best way depends on conditions..

In prevailing NW winds I'd probably do Silva Bay, Schooner Cove, Tribune/Hornby

Or.. Gibsons, Smuggler/Secret, Jedidiah, Hornby (skipping Jedidiah could work but it's a great stop)

In Easterly winds I'd go straight to Nanaimo/Schooner and then to Hornby but stopping/staying at Tribune bay is not on if the easterly conditions prevail. Ford cove is an alternate hideout, as is Deep bay, but they tend to get busy when everyone bails on Tribune. Don't forget to check if area WG is clear for transit.. some of these routes will cross or approach it.

You could also do Silva/Nanaimo then across again to Jedidiah (you'll often get lifted to Jedidiah from Nanaimoin a NW wind. If it's been blowing NW for a few days that's two good crossings but could get lumpy.

Some of the longer legs could be a challenge in a C27.. you can always break it up.. Silva, Newcastle, Schooner, Hornby, or up this side, Gibsons, Smuggler, Jedidiah, Lasqueti, Hornby...

Lots of possibilities.;)

mbaillie 06-03-2013 08:07 PM

Re: Vancouver to Hornby Island
 
Challenging in what way?

I am running an 8 hp outboard.

Faster 06-03-2013 08:13 PM

Re: Vancouver to Hornby Island
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mbaillie (Post 1039243)
Challenging in what way?

I am running an 8 hp outboard.

Well... I was assuming you might want to sail those legs if the wind is there, and beating that far in a C27 will have its limitations, esp if you don't get the tides in your favour. 20-30 miles made good upwind is a longish day for anyone.

Capt Len 06-04-2013 11:07 PM

Re: Vancouver to Hornby Island
 
There is less ebb close on the sunshine coast side and easy to get to Trail islands or Halfmoon bay. in a day from Van. I've sailed it engine less several times. See my 'first voyage ' on my profile.

mbaillie 06-05-2013 03:18 PM

Re: Vancouver to Hornby Island
 
ebb?

jackdale 06-06-2013 12:49 AM

Re: Vancouver to Hornby Island
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mbaillie (Post 1040053)
ebb?

There is significant current in some areas. Th ebb current in Georgia Strait is generally flowing NW to SE.

If you are going to be sailing in this area you may wish to get a Current Atlas and Murray's Tables.

http://www.epiphyte.ca/dl/current_at...rent_atlas.jpg

http://www.maptown.com/products/865.jpg

Capt Len 06-06-2013 12:51 AM

Re: Vancouver to Hornby Island
 
You know. forth and back,to and fro,ebb and flood.what the tide book is for.

mbaillie 06-06-2013 02:25 PM

Re: Vancouver to Hornby Island
 
Thanks guys,

I will be picking these books up this afternoon.

jackdale 06-06-2013 02:48 PM

Re: Vancouver to Hornby Island
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mbaillie (Post 1040485)
Thanks guys,

I will be picking these books up this afternoon.

Do you also have?

Tide and Current Tables vol 5
Canadian Aids to Navigation
Chart 1 - Abbreviations and Symbols
Canadian Colregs - http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/PDF/C.R.C.,_c._1416.pdf
All the necessary charts
The List of Lights, Buoys and Fog Signals is needed if you are out at night.
Sailing Directions - more comprehensive than cruising guides
Some cruising guides are nice - Dreamspeaker (expensive, but pretty), Waggoneer and North West Boat Travel (have advertising, but less expensive)


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