7:9 Clam Bay Ding Dong

Up and at em, Tim showed up on time and we quickly cast off and drove out of the marina. Once into Plyades Channel we motored on and it was a pretty straight shot to Pirates Cove, our immediate destination.

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Through the tiny entrance to Pirates Cove and we were gratified to see that it had pretty much emptied out. It was anchor practice time and we all took turns at the helm as well as raising and lowering. We got a good hold each and every time we tried. I am almost starting to hope we fail one of these time just so we can see what its like. I think it was C who managed to break the hold one time, but that was with the engine revved up to over 1500 rpm in reverse. Anyway, it was good practice and another bunch of firsts for C.

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Pirates Cove has some private docks for the inhabitants of DeCourcy Island, so we made free with their outside float for docking practice. After our first go round or two we were joined by someone else doing some docking practice. But this time it was a seaplane. We must have looked a bit comical as we both circled around an around taking turns docking. Eventually he gave up and flew away. We switched to docking in reverse. I stayed on the dock on one of the revolutions and grabbed some pics and video.

After we tired of this—or maybe we were just getting dizzy— we headed back out and through Ruxton Passage. We hoisted the sails and were off. Just as we got into Stuart Channel we went back to doing MOB (man overboard) practice, both close hauled and running downwind. It’s a lot of small  things that when  done smoothly and in the correct order bring you back near your MOB and relatively stationary without having to drop sails. But man it sure seems impossible at first. Anyway, after a while we weren’t really processing it all yet so e straightened out and headed southwardly.

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We had a great sail and skipped over into Trincomali Channel heading to Clam Bay. As soon as we hit Trincomali the tacks started to come a bit closer so we started to build some muscle memory from the repetitive work. Once in the bay we picked out a likely spot near the entrance to the Cut over to Telegraph Harbour and proceeded to anchor. This entails calculating the current depth, consulting the tide book to see what our maximum tide will be during our stay, factoring in the height of the anchor above the waterline and the depth of the sounder below the waterline and then determining the length of the rode based on all those number. Given that C and I use our fingers and toes regularly as a part of our problem solving methodology, its a surprisingly easy process. Everything went smoothly once again.

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First up was some dingy instruction and practice for C. We lowered the motor off the handy davit and clamped it to the transom of our little inflatable tender. There is a dredged channel called the Cut that runs through the flats between Thetis and Kuper Islands to Telegraph Harbour. C fired up the outboard and took us through to the marina on the other side. After docking we wandered up to the store in search of a few supplies but all they really had was snacks and souvenirs. We hung out anyway, enjoyed the scenery and explored a bit. C tried to embarrass me by challenging me to a game of horseshoes but I fooled her by chickening out. So she  tossed a few with Leslie while I looked cool under a big shady tree.

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Eventually we piled back in the dinghy and Leslie took us home. There were lots of kayakers and boaters moving back and forth and even a local or two brave enough to take sailboats through. A lot of it was really shallow and I bet other than the dredged channel, most of it dries at low tide. After we got back to the boat I took the tender out solo to grab some shots of the boat at anchor and to just zoom around a bit. While I was out a native fellow in a canoe paddled by and asks if anyone aboard was interested in some carvings.

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Dinner was delicious BBQ pork chops and we settled in to have a great evening watching the sun go down.


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