I’ve finally got to a place this summer that I have wifi and don’t have to do many boat projects…therefore, I can sit and get a few blog posts out.
Before we left Victoria, we went out for a day sail with our friends Mark and Juan (and Diego)…they live on their 30 foot C&C sailboat, SV Illusive. We have been so blessed to have them as neighbours on the dock and they have become life long friends. We stretched their legs with sailing out in over 20 knots of wind and trying out all their sails. We tacked back and forth outside of Victoria until the sea became to uncomfortable to enjoy the sail. We had a lot of fun but then back to the docks for a beer and a BBQ.
We met up with Jim and Tami (our friends who we will circumnavigate the Island with this summer) for a dinner and a day of going to boat stores. We also started our provisioning…NOT all booze but this was an epic picture. Before we left we need to get a few melanoma’s removed of Charlie….so we took him to surgery and a picture of him with his bandage recovering on the dock.
First stop when we left Victoria was Sidney Spit, where we met up this SV Jubel (Kyle and Leah) and SV Illusive (Mark and Juan). We had few very nice sunny days and lots of hikes on the beach. Charlie got his doggy visiting done with both Diego and Ricky to romp around with. We met up with a very nice couple (Jim and Donna on MV Next Adventure) and off we dinghied to D’arcy Island. We learned that this island was used to ‘dump’ off the Chinese people who had contracted leprocy and left to manage on their own. Sad… they had supplies dropped of every 3 months but no medical aid at all.
We spent a few weeks gunkholing around the Gulf Islands, hitting Wallace, Galiano, Russell and Portland Islands. We hiked and swam…but then it was time to head to Vancouver to do a few projects…like picking up our new liferaft.
We rented a car and drove Annisis Island up the Fraser River and picked up our life raft, then spent an afternoon drilling holes in the boat and installing the cradle and life raft. It does somewhat interfere with our forward vision but we have already found better positions for steering while we sail. We also sold our old watermaker and installed our new SunPure 12 volt system. We are tickled that instead of 1-1.5 gallons/hour we can now make 6-12 gallons/hour. We’ll give it a good workout this summer.
We did plan to go to Prince Rupert this summer but because of COVID we were restricted to stay within our own health authorities until the end of May. Luckily, Island Health included most of Desolation Sound and the Octopus Islands. We met up with Allan and Nancy on SV Karma IV (a bayfield 36) and buddy boated for a few weeks around both desolation and octopus islands. We even got a few campfires in (before the summer ban).
Before we knew it June was upon us and we needed to start to get ready for our circumnavigation of Vancouver Island with Jim and Tami on SV Symoon…..but more about that in our next blog post.