Monthly Archives: June 2012

Strait Crossings

Thursday 31 May 2012 We set out from Nanaimo for Howe Sound in the morning, after listening to the weather report.  It’s about 26 miles across the Georgia Strait, anchorage to anchorage, on a calm grey morning. We hope for … Continue reading

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How much stuff can you stuff on a boat?

  Dog days of May How much stuff can you stuff on a boat? That’s always the question when you’re preparing for a big voyage.  There are all sorts of places to hide things on a boat—we find the extra … Continue reading

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Threading the Narrows

27 May 2012 The west coast offers some novel challenges to sailors like us who have arrived from elsewhere.  In particular, the mix of tides, currents and wind in the numerous narrow straits and passages of the waters between Vancouver … Continue reading

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“What is the Nature of Your Distress?” In Praise of Coast Guard Stations

19 May 2012  Montague Harbour, Galiano Island “What is the nature of your distress?” Question routinely asked by Coast Guard Station dispatchers. Slowly, over the Victoria Day weekend, in measured questions and responses, a drama unfolded over the radio. A … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Maria Mahoi

Russell Island is a crooked finger of land tucked into the eastern edge of Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island.  You can only get there by boat—though a kayak or rowboat would do if you were near enough to begin with. … Continue reading

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