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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?
 

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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.;)
 

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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.
 
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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.
 

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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.



 

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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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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
 

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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?
dont stay to close to coast..2to 3 miles will give you shore breeses as far as just below hornby..then hard to say
 

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Hey Faster, Hi. Sorry for bumping this old thread. Just curious as to how you know the poster was sailing a C27?
As I too am the proud new owner of an old C27 I am always interested in meeting fellow Catalina people. I am in Parksville and will be sailing to Hornby tomorrow morning :)
 

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Hey Faster, Hi. Sorry for bumping this old thread. Just curious as to how you know the poster was sailing a C27?
As I too am the proud new owner of an old C27 I am always interested in meeting fellow Catalina people. I am in Parksville and will be sailing to Hornby tomorrow morning :)
Hey mdh... no worries. If an SN user has filled out his profile info they will have listed their boat. Ideally everyone will put that into their signature, so no one has to dig, but if it's in their profile you get there by clicking on the user name and selecting ' view public profile'.

You complete your profile info (and signature line(s)) in your User CP.

Looks like a good weekend for Tribune.. NW winds predicted throughout.
 

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Hey mdh... no worries. If an SN user has filled out his profile info they will have listed their boat. Ideally everyone will put that into their signature, so no one has to dig, but if it's in their profile you get there by clicking on the user name and selecting ' view public profile'.

You complete your profile info (and signature line(s)) in your User CP.

Looks like a good weekend for Tribune.. NW winds predicted throughout.
Thanks Faster (Ron?). Truth is I am whimping out and have booked a transient slip at Ford cove for Friday night. I have yet to drop an anchor :(
 

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Thanks Faster (Ron?). Truth is I am whimping out and have booked a transient slip at Ford cove for Friday night. I have yet to drop an anchor :(
Too bad.. truth is, you won't find much better holding nor an easier anchoring situation than Tribune bay in a light to moderate NW wind. Flat bottom for a long ways, just go in until you're in less than 20 feet of depth, you should pull off the beach no problem.

Anyhow, have a good weekend either way.
 
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