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Anyone been to Tofino?

I'm having a pod time here but if like more wind. Say late June how is it going out Juan de Fuca and up just to Tofino.

I could get a taste of the ocean and surf too. I remember reading a surfer magazine article about Tofino and tey said it got good but you really needed a boat to access most of the spots. I have a boat!

And there are some pretty place along the way. Pacific rim. Barkley.

Is it Too challenging? Too bad I weather? I think the worst would be Fuca. Not alot of protection.

But I would get to do more sailing. The wind here is always very light and I'm not getting I try some of the things I'd like.
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Re: Anyone been to Tofino?

Juan de Fuca is usually feast or famine.. Calm or 20+ knot westerlies that can kick up a nasty chop against the tide. There are no good stops between Sooke and Barkley/Bamfield, a possibly long 70 to 80 nm slog. Doable, certainly, but you may get more than you bargained for esp when you throw in fog and shipping traffic. It's another 40+ nm trek to Tofino from Uclulet.

Once in Barkley you have good shelter and anchorages, and again once you're up in the Tofino area. They are fascinating areas but have few services and definitely count as much more remote than the mainstream cruising areas-which is, of course, part of the attraction.

You pretty much need to be certain your boat is up to the conditions or wait for firm weather windows.


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