Galiander Travels - 2000

Introduction

Copyright 2000 by John and Eleanor Coulthard
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March - permanent move to Galiano Island. John glad to leave the maintenance chores of the "Big House" behind and have time to work on Galiander. April - began work on the boat, removed all the floor boards, sanded them down to bare wood and refinished them. It was more work than anticipated but the floors look simply great.

May - travelled to Canoe Cove near Sydney (near Victoria) for our annual haulout. It was a straight forward haulout this year. The bottom paint needed touching up, a through hull valve was replaced (a wood chip was jammed in it) and the prop was tuned. We stayed on the boat while it was "on the hard" and enjoyed the ambiance of the boat yard, pub food and the annual Sydney floating boat show.

Our sailing plan for May and June was to cruise the local waters when the weather was good and head for "home" during other periods. The plan worked well, and allowed us to visit well known local spots that are usually very busy during the summer season. We visited friends on Saltspring Island. We stayed on a free mooring buoy in Butchart Cove - a wonderful way to see the popular Butchart Gardens. We visited the lovely Princess Margaret Marine Park. We attended the annual Catalina Rendezvous on Thetis Island with 50+ other Catalina sailboats.

It wasn't all perfect. At Princess Margaret Marine Park we spent a difficult night being blown about by 20 knot winds. But in general the weather was good. When it wasn't we would stay in a marina or head for home, typically only a day away.

The Whaler Bay dock provided a lot of fun when we were at home. We got to know many pleasure boaters who drop by on a regular basis. The long weekend in May was especially memorable and made me think of the term "the endless dock party".

Early in July we took a break from sailing to host the Coates Family Reunion at the Whaler Bay cottage, and spend some time with Eleanor's parents in the Okanagan.

Finally, on Thursday, July 20th, we headed north. We visited friends along the way in the Southern Gulf Islands. We provisioned at the Port of Nanaimo, a favourite stop, and then travelled on to French Creek near Parksville, where we joined Joe and Anami on board Coprinus. French Creek is a real "working" dock, filled with active and inactive fishing boats. It had a retail fish outlet and is the departure point for the ferry to Lasqueti Island.

We kept pushing north..., north of Desolation Sound into remote territory where the tides ran swift with strong currents and days had to be carefully planned so we could pass through narrow channels during slack water. In the Octopus Islands Marine Park at the north end of Quadra we slowed down. We began exploring new anchorages and discovering new restaurants. The weather was not cooperating. In the Thurston Bay Marine Park it rained so heavily it reminded me of a Florida thunderstorm. At that point we were en route for Heriot Bay, returning to the warmer waters of Desolation Sound where we could easily pick up guests.

Heriot Bay on Quadra Island turned out to be our home port for the rest of the summer. It was there that we returned to reprovision, pick up guests and escape poor conditions.

Although Eleanor and I have been to Desolation Sound several times in the past we still discovered new interesting places. Our favourite spot by far was the Octopus Islands Marine Park. One of the highlights there was a lovely hour long hike from the end of the bay to Newton Lake. This little gem had wonderful clear, warm water. Truly an excellent swimming hole which we will return to on another trip.

Eleanor had taken scuba diving lessons this spring and one of the activities we worked in was some dives from the boat. The best dive was in Moulds Bay about an hour north of Heriot Bay.

We ate seafood. We caught so many Red Rock Crabs we were throwing "keepers" back into the water. We discovered the joys of barbecued oysters with sauces by Anami. Our fisher people, Eleanor and Joe, kept us supplied with rock cod. One evening I made a plaintive cry, "What - bouillabaisse again?". (So he was told to make his own dinner!! :-) )

During a trip around Lasqueti Island Eleanor enjoyed meeting a well know BC artist Alan Farrell. He came aboard for dinner and then showed us his home aboard, China Cloud, and his unique books of paintings of the people and places he has known in his 80+ years.

His life and times are written up by Melinda Joffey in "Sailing Back in Time". He is indeed a unique individual.

We returned to Whaler Bay late in August. In September we had a nice sail to Vancouver for engine maintenance and installation of radar and canvas to enclose the cockpit. Next year we plan to head north sooner, and go farther.

One addition this year was the capability to send and receive email using our HAM radio. This slow link was very reliable and as a result we were able to send almost daily position reports to our family.

The following lightly edited email reports provide a more detailed description of our summer.

Email reports

July 23: French Creek, Vancouver Island (near Parksville).

Left Nanaimo at 7:30 am. Nice uneventful power in very calm conditions. Arrived French creek at 12:15. The Autohelm worked fine for the trip. It has a tendency to want to come apart when it is not engaged. I have installed a piece of foam in an attempt to keep the two halves aligned properly. I suspect that the tracking wheels and track are simply so badly worn they can jump out too easily.

Marina office said no charge for the one night (very nice people). Has a restaurant, pub, marine store. Lots of activity at neighbouring boats. Lots of boats for sale. Quite interesting.

Rafting is not only mandatory here it is absolutely necessary. We are rafted to Coprinus, third boat off from the dock.

July 25: Henry Bay, Denman Island (near Comox).

From French Creek we spent a long uneventful day powering to Henry Bay on Denman Island (the end near Comox). It was a delightful place and we had a wonderful, magical walk along Longbeak Spit, gathering sea asparagus and oysters. We also caught a real nice mess of red rock crabs. The wind shifted and picked up during part of the night and gave us a nasty swell on the long fetch from Comox for part of the night. Otherwise it was quiet.

July 26th: Gorge Harbour, Cortez Island (Desolation Sound).

We are anchored in a place called Gorge Harbour on Cortez Island. It was a long, somewhat boring, day. Powered all the way in generally very flat conditions. We had a small rain shower and a small amount of wind near the end of the day.

We are rafted up to Coprinus and preparing to feast on BBQ oysters and a nice batch of red rock crabs we caught back in Henry Bay. Eleanor, Anami and Joe all went swimming. They report absolutely gigantic oysters.

Tomorrow, weather permitting, we plan to go through a place called Surge Narrows. It is like Active Pass in that we have to wait until a specific time to pass through - slack water. (about 1:30pm tomorrow). Our destination will be the Octopus Islands Marine Park, where I expect to will stay for a few days.

July 27: Octopus Islands Marine Park.

We are anchored beside Coprinus in the Octopus Islands Marine Park. That is near the North end of Quadra Island. We had a good sailing day. Unfortunately it has been raining all day.

We had a wonderful feast last night. The BBQ oysters and crab were simply great. We also had sea asparagus we gathered at Henry Bay as a vegetable dish. Really living off the land! This afternoon Eleanor is baking a Huckleberry Pie with berries from right here in the park.

July 29: Cordero Lodge, Cordero Channel (just north of Desolation Sound)

Octopus Islands Marine Park is a great hidey-hole in bad weather. The weatherman reports strong winds south of us in the Strait of Georgia (30-40 knots) and also Johnson Strait to the North (25-35 knot). Here I think the maximum we have seen is about 15 knots at the masthead. It has been raining steadily. Joe and Anami went for a walk. I went for a short walk, but in the rain one just tends to get all sweaty inside the rain gear - one way or the other you get wet. Eleanor and Joe went fishing and caught a couple of nice rock cod.

We got together for dinner, ate the rock cod, left over crab, some shrimp and had a real good musical singalong (Joe plays the banjo, Anami and Eleanor the harmonica and myself the guitar).

We spent an uncomfortable night as the wind increased and was hitting us on the beam while we were stern tied. (I hate stern ties for that reason). We were all right but Coprinus started to drag and moved out into the anchorage in the middle of the night.

We headed out for the entrance to Hole in the Wall at 8:15, looking for slack at 8:43. This was not a good day for Coprinus. On the way out of the anchorage in the morning she hit a rock. She recovered, was taking no water, so carried on behind us. Joe dove the hull while we were waiting for slack at Yuculta Rapids and did not find any serious damage. The gelcoat was damaged but only right on the bottom of the keel, the thickest part of the boat.

Our passage through Yuculta and Dent rapids was straight forward and finally we dropped hook in Bickley Bay. It had been a long and stressful day.

Today we came the short distance across to the Cordero Lodge to moor and the dock and enjoy their restaurant. The horseflies had been pretty bad in Bickley Bay. Although I would have stayed the others wanted to move on.

August 1: Thurston Island Marine Park.

Haven't had much luck getting connected to send HAM email the past few days. It may be radio conditions (which seem bad) or it may be that the station in Seattle that provides the Internet connection is down, as it has been in unattended mode for several days.

Cordero Lodge is basically a restaurant with a dock for the parking lot. There are no dock services (no water, no power, no fuel, ...). But it was a nice place to eat out, a very good meal and not terribly expensive. Lots of power boats here, in fact we are the only two sailboats.

Sunday we went a very short distance to Blind Channel, which has everything (Fuel, Water, Laundromat, power, Liquor Store, Post office, etc. etc.). Monday we restocked, and after another restaurant meal, we powered to Thurston Island Marine Park (again close by) to wait out the next front (Storm warning in Johnston Strait).

We like the short lazy days with time to fish and kayak. This is beautiful country and is probably be as far north as we will get this year. We are heading back towards Desolation Sound to be in position to pick up Joe's son and daughter at Heriot Bay on Quadra Island near Campbell River.

August 2: Von Donnop Inlet, Cortez Island

Coming through the Yuculta Rapids in this direction was interesting. There are two(or three depending on how you look at it) rapids separated by some distance. The concept is to power against the current, just before slack water for the first and then do the others as the water is starting to flow in the opposite direction. We were pretty well on time and the currents were so impressive leaving that I sure wouldn't want to be much later coming through.

We are happily rafted and anchored in Von Donnop Inlet, another Marine Park. Eleanor and Anami are out gathering oysters. Bouillabaisse tonight. Seafood again?

We hear you guys in Vancouver had some significant wind yesterday.... It was pretty interesting in Thurston Bay Marine Park also. We had a real interesting thunderstorm in the evening. Not much wind but torrential rain for about 15 minutes. The wind came later but thankfully was pretty well blown out by 11pm. The anchorage there is excellent, not deep and really good holding so we felt secure.

August 2: Von Donnop Inlet, Cortez Island.

Coprinus elected to head to the marina at Heriot Bay (On Quadra Island) today to be in position to pick up Joe's daughter tomorrow (3rd). We don't need to reprovision at this time so moved deeper into the more popular anchoring area in Von Donnop Inlet. Arriving before noon gave us lots of choice for an anchoring spot so we are happy campers. We are chatting to Coprinus on HAM radio so are still in communication.

We launched the Kayaks and had a nice tour of the harbour and hike to Squirrel Cove on the other side of Cortez Island. Got back to the boat before the rain started. It doesn't look like it will last and there is very little wind so we are quite comfortable.

Getting tired of all the seafood - steak on the BBQ tonight!!!!

August 3: Heriot Bay Marina, Quadra Island

We had a lazy morning on Thursday. Eleanor declared she would like to move back to our previous position near the lagoon. There was a nice 7 knot breeze in the anchorage and as we were preparing to leave Eleanor asked a couple anchored near us where they were going. "Out to catch the breeze", he said, "I don't know where we will end up...".

Well the idea appealed to us so much we powered past our old anchorage by the lagoon (which had 4 boats there anyhow) and headed out to "catch the breeze". There may have been 7 knots in our protected anchorage but out in the open it was dead calm... go figure! So we powered over to Quadra to join Coprinus at the Heriot Bay Marina.

We dumped garbage and did some provisioning. Joe's daughter had shown up, and armed with a car, we went out to Rebecca Spit for a picnic.

The weather has been glorious. Maybe, finally, a major summertime high is asserting itself.

August 4th: Heriot Bay Marina

Definitely a nice summertime high. It is hot! Joe had a bunch of chores in Campbell River to attend to and got some parts for his outboard. We are going to stay another day and head for Octopus Islands tomorrow morning. Since we have wheels we plan to go to Cape Mudge (south tip of Quadra) for a supper/picnic late this afternoon.

August 5th: Octopus Islands Marine Park, Quadra Island

The excellent weather continues. We left Heriot Bay at 7am, passed through Surge Narrows during slack water at 9:24 and dropped anchor about an hour later. The winds were light so we powered the whole way.

Joe and Anami put on their Scuba Diving gear and checked the anchor. This was their first dive after completing their course. Eleanor snorkeled around the boat. John kayaked and dove in the water from the boat. The water temperature is 62f. A little cold without a wet suit and very refreshing. In the end we all went swimming.

Slack water occurred again in Surge Narrows at 3:22pm and a fresh parade of boats entered the harbour. All of a sudden it started to feel a little crowded. The winner of the boat parade was PLUMDUFF, a sleek black hulled power boat about 25 meters long (75 feet?). The hull was so polished it acted like a mirror, reflecting the water on the hull at the same time as the water reflected the boat. Quite nice. He toured the anchorage and disappeared around a corner.

August 6: Waiatt Bay, Quadra Island

Waiatt Bay is just around the corner from the Octopus Islands Marine Park. It is actually part of the same harbour. The wind had shifted and increased during the night and we wanted to replant the anchor and get more space from the neighbouring boats. Waiatt Bay is a wonderful anchorage. Great holding, lots of room to swing.

Our fisher people, Eleanor and Joe, had a good outing this morning so supper is in hand in the form of cod fillet (fish again?). Anami and Eleanor are out checking the crab traps as I type this.

This afternoon we went on a moderately long hike (3 hours) across Quadra to an anchorage called Small Inlet on Discovery Passage. Several boats were sheltering in there from a brisk wind. We then hiked up to an absolutely pristine little lake called Newton Lake. This fresh water lake was breathtakingly clear and very warm compared to the sea water so we all had a wonderful swim before returning.

August 7th: Waiatt Bay, Quadra Island.

We liked Newton Lake so much we decided to return and spend more time. This time we were prepared with diving masks and snorkels. The lake appears to be very deep. Perhaps that is why it is so crystal clear? There are two nice places to swim, each featuring wonderful cliffs and rock ledges at the water's edge. We swam and soaked up the sun.

On the way back we shampooed and bathed in a lovely pool with a waterfall coming into it.

Tomorrow we are heading back to Heriot Bay on Quadra Island. Joe's daughter has to go home. Joe and Anami want to refill their diving tanks.

August 8th: Drew Harbour, Quadra Island.

We are anchored in Drew Harbour, right next to Heriot Bay. Eleanor, Joe and Anami are off scuba diving.

I forgot to mention yesterday that we feasted yet again on Rock Crab. We caught so many that we had to throw back four keepers. We have another nice batch for tonight. Yes, it is possible to get tired of crab!

We had a nice trip back from the Octopus Islands. A nice North West wind gave us a pleasant sail.

A 13 knot wind combined with conflicting wakes from people water skiing or just joy riding is having an interesting affect on the boat motion in this anchorage. This is a busy place.

Eleanor's friend, Ann Laurence, who lives here, is having us over for supper tonight.

August 9th: Heriot Bay Marina, Quadra Island

The wind is blowing 20 knots out of the North West. There is not a lot of protection from that wind here in the Heriot Bay Marina, but it is secure, and that counts for a lot.

We felt secure last night anchored in Drew Harbour around the corner. The harbour was like a millpond and we slept like rocks. But by noon the wind had increased alarmingly and boats were starting to drag, including Coprinus. The forecast says the wind will stay with us overnight. Joe and Anami reanchored, but decided to move into the Marina where they could enjoy a good night's sleep.

We came over to join them and enjoy their company. Docking was a challange, and we managed it without damaging Galiander or the dock, but it wasn't one of our best efforts. Then we had to move Galiander twice as they brought in more boats. It took three people to hold Galiander against the broadside wind.

Laundry done, feeling secure, beer in the belly, in good company, we will stay until the wind dies down.

August 10: Crescent Channel, Quadra Island

At about 11am Joe came by and asked if we had renewed for another night at the Marina. Whoops, the inn was full! - we lost our spot and had to move out.

So we decided to check out a new anchorage near by. Village Bay ended up being about a 2 hour sail - it is really a lot closer than that sounds but we ended up tacking most of the way against the wind.

Village Bay is a pretty spot but exhibits what I call "spooky" anchorage characteristics. The current and wind combination tends to give the boat a strange motion. It isn't always sitting bow to the wind like you would expect it to. In this situation it is important to give yourself lots of swing room, which we didn't have (the best location was already occupied).

In addition the forecast calls for the wind to change from strong North West 15-20 knots to strong South East 15-20 knots Friday morning. What is a poor boater to do? Village Bay is exposed to SE winds so we upped the hook and moved around the corner into Crescent Channel. It is much more protected from all winds. In fact when I was chatting to Joe on Coprinus over in Heriot Bay he said it was blowing like stink and in here there is barely a breath of wind, although one can see it tickling the treetops.

August 11th: Drew Harbour, Quadra Island

We had a lovely quiet night in Crescent Channel and spent a nice cloudy morning exploring the little area. We gathered lots of clams and oysters for a bouillabaisse tonight.

This morning we made the short trip back and now we are rafted up to Coprinus in Drew Harbour just around the corner from Heriot Bay. This is perhaps more popularly known as Rebecca Spit.

Our focus for the next few days will be scuba diving. Eleanor plans to rent equipment out of Campbell River for a couple of days.

August 12: Drew Harbour, Quadra Island

It was crowded in Drew Harbour last night. We rafted to Coprinus for supper then moved down to the end of the bay for the night.

Eleanor was away at 8:30am and back from Campbell River with her gear by 11:00. In the afternoon Joe, Anami and Eleanor were doing a dive from the dinghies on the outside of Rebecca Spit. The conditions were not good however. The sea conditions were rough and the visibility was poor. So it was a short dive, but it showed they were capable of diving from a dinghy in difficult conditions.

A north west 20 wind is predicted for tonight so Coprinus moved back into the Marina. Joe has lost faith in his anchor and has ordered a new one which he will pick up in Campbell River on Monday. In the meantime he does not want any more sleepless nights. (For you boaters his new one will be a 60lb Claw - a Bruce type of anchor).

We reanchored up in our favourite spot close to Rebecca Spit after most of the other boats left.

Tomorrow we plan to pick up Joe and Anami and head across the Bay in Galiander for another more serious dive in more protected waters.

August 13th: Heriot Bay Marina.

Drew Harbour is not a great place to be in north winds. Thankfully, last night, the wind died down about 11pm and we had a good sleep before it picked up again about 7am.

We slipped over to the Heriot Bay Marina at 10am and picked up Joe and Anami and all their scuba gear at the gas dock. The wind and waves made this a little tricky but there was lots of help. We powered across to Moulds Bay, right across from Rebecca Spit but in the lee of the land. This was a dive spot recommended in one of our dive books. It turned out to be an excellent choice. We were out of the wind for the day. We explored the shore. Joe, Eleanor and Anami had a really good dive. They went down 60 feet. Eleanor had no ear problems at all (she was worried due to ear problems she developed during the course). It was the first really excellent dive those three have been on since they completed their course. Celebrations are in order!

It was a short pleasant sail back. We decided to stay at the Marina again. Eleanor plans to go into Campbell River with Joe and Anami tomorrow to return her scuba gear and do some shopping.

August 14th: Heriot Bay Marina

Joe picked up the new anchor for Coprinus today. It is a beauty! He can hardly wait for a good gale and questionable anchorage to try it out in :-) (just kidding). The nights are getting noticeable colder, but it is absolutely beautiful during the day. We are planning to start south now.

The weather gods must have listened in on our plans. The North West winds we have been enjoying for what seems like weeks would be wonderful for the trip south. South East winds are forecast for Tuesday..... of course...

So we will wait and see. If we don't head south tomorrow we will go to some other place in Desolation Sound. I suspect Coprinus will start south irregardless.

August 15: Henry Bay, Denman Island

We woke to a cold morning with the decks drenched with dew. The forecast called for Northwest (going with us) 15 in the morning switching to Southeast 15-25(going against us) in the afternoon so we headed out at 7am. We passed over the Comox bar at 1pm just as the wind started to shift. The NW winds never got above 5 knots so we never had an opportunity to use the sails.

Henry Bay is well protected from SE winds. It is very peaceful and warm here. We had a good explore ashore on Sandy Island (A Marine Park).

August 16: False Bay, Lasqueti Island

We had a nice power in quiet conditions down behind Denman Island then a glorious sail across Georgia Strait to Lasqueti Island. It took a few tacks to make it, but it was glorious.

The artist Alan Farrell, from the boat China Cloud, is having an exhibit here. The gallery was closed but when we went to look at his boat the artist invited Anami and Joe aboard (Eleanor and I will go tomorrow).

The day culminated with a pub meal on the deck of the hotel. As we looked out over the bay we watched children swimming as the sun went down. Wonderful.

Coprinus is heading for Naniamo tomorrow. We will miss them.

August 17: False Bay, Lasqueti Island.

Coprinus slipped out first thing this morning, heading towards Naniamo. Eleanor and I slept in and kayaked in the morning. In the afternoon we shopped and visited the local Art Museum to see a show by Alan Farrell from the boat China Cloud, which is here in False Bay.

We expect to move on to another anchorage here on Lasqueti tomorrow. Probably a place called Scottie Bay.

August 19th: False Bay, Lasqueti Island.

Eleanor baked a blackberry pie for Alan Farrel, the artist from China Cloud, yesterday afternoon. (Alan is 88 years old). She had just packed the pie up to take it over when who should row by but Alan, looking for another boat. He ended up having spaghetti with us and the two artists went over some of Eleanor's sketches. Afterwards we towed Alan back to China Cloud and they continued their discussion while reviewing one of Alan's workbooks. It was a real highlight visit for Eleanor.

Friday dawned mostly overcast and blowy. The SE winds were charging along at 22 knots outside the anchorage and 15 inside it. Then we got periods of rain and the wind increased. So we stayed put.

Things started to settle down late in the afternoon. We dinghied in, walked to the bakery (open Mon & Fri), came back, had supper at the pub (again). A sailboat came in to the dock on jib alone. Engine was broken, mainsail was torn. "It's rough out there." the skipper said.

August 19: Otter Bay, Jedediah Island

We left False Bay quite early and sailed around to Scottie Bay on the other side of Lasqueti. Scottie Bay is a small, very well protected anchorage, which has become the home for an interesting collection of boats, many of which appear to be permanently moored or anchored. Eleanor explored the anchorage in the kayak.

We intended to power to Jedediah as it was dead into the wind but the engine started to overheat. So we put up the jib and Eleanor beat into the wind as I cursed and struggled with a piece of kelp that had jammed into the cooling water intake. Finally I managed to work it loose from the inside using a plastic zap strap (Our fallback plan was to sail over close to shore, drop anchor, and then snorkel under the boat).

There are a lot of boats around Jedediah. We elected to occupy a very small cove only big enough for Galiander. Then we went for a nice walk around the island. The old horse is still alive and there are still lots of sheep on the island. There was also a very tame and curious deer.

This evening a delightful little girl rowed over to visit us with her cat Peanut.

The weatherman predicts light to moderate southerly winds tomorrow. We plan to head to Naniamo or possibly even to Whaler Bay (if the winds are right). It looks like a couple more fronts are due to come though and we would just as soon be back.

August 20: Port of Naniamo, Vancovuer Island

The 4am weather report sounded promising (moderate southerlies) and away we went at 7am. It took us an hour to power up Bull Passage into a stiff headwind and swells. When we finally broke free it seemed like the wind was coming direct from Naniamo, but hey, we're a sailboat aren't we?

One tack took us to Ballenas Island, the second to Winchester Islets and the third to Neck Point and the Port of Naniamo. We cheated at the end of the last tack and turned on the engine to get us around the point. The strait was kind of sloppy. It wasn't what I would call a great sail. It was darn cool. We were bundled up in our fleece, full rain gear, toques and gloves. We arrived at 3pm, tired, but feeling good about sailing most of the way.

It is raining lightly. We don't even plan to leave the boat today. Tomorrow we will do laundry and reprovision. We will probably stay two nights.

August 22: Degnan Bay, Gabriola Island.

Yesterday I did 5 loads of laundry. Eleanor had 4 rolls of film developed and stuffed all the pictures into an album. We reprovisioned, dumped garbage and toured the docks looking at the interesting boats. We like the Port of Naniamo!

Today we headed out early and caught the 10:13 slack water at Dodd Narrows. At 11:30 we rafted up to Kydaka (Rod Maddison's boat) at the Maddison dock in Degnan Bay.

There is no wind. The skies are clear. It is a beautiful day. Tomorrow we expect to go about half way home - probably to Wallace Island, one of our favourite places to visit.

August 23: Whaler Bay, Galiano Island.

We had a nice visit with Rod and visitors from Thetis Island, Peter & Audrey, this morning. Then we headed off planning to go inside the Gulf Islands towards home. The forecast was for light winds. Eleanor wanted to sail and noting that the current was slack in Gabriola Passage we changed our plans on the fly and decided to to outside the Gulf Islands into the Strait of Georgia and do a straight shot for Whaler Bay, hopefully picking up a sailing breeze.

Our hopes were partially answered. We had a lovely beam reach in light winds until we got about half way. Finally we ran out of wind and time, fired up the "iron genoa", and powered home.

Whaler Bay is very peaceful. We have been gone for five weeks. It feels good to be home.

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Created September 9, 2000