- RT @citadeltheatre: We’re hunting for 20 emerging musicians to shine a spotlight on! We will be featuring local musicians in our lobby for… 2018-07-29
- Trying for a T-Rex. Not sure I got him. #symmetryishard https://t.co/923Sep45j2 https://t.co/7ALi0OSt9k 2018-07-30
- RT @Rainmaker1973: Recently there was plenty of disappearing tricks with blankets tested on animals and shared on the Internet: this one is… 2018-07-30
- RT @lavermeer: Review: Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting https://t.co/r1iMTQqsig https://t.co/ZxyxKwH32g 2018-07-31
- RT @theboozephiles: Cuba Libre https://t.co/gNuKmrCsVK https://t.co/Byzbftq5DW 2018-07-31
- It’s #drawingaugust I’m gonna try and combine working on my pathetic sketching skills and simplifying for potential… https://t.co/f7cJDqwZgp 2018-08-01
- RT @VicForAlberta: This is appalling! If you want to hunt a senior, you should have to pay the price. Why does the #abndp hate our seniors?… 2018-08-01
- Day 2 of #drawingaugust — a stunningly-red Aquilegia encountered on Mound Island
#columbine #imaginethecolours… https://t.co/wzYSnfiPWH 2018-08-02
- #drawingaugust Not making a stained glass pattern from this one. #gotdistracted # https://t.co/NSZzFLZdgv https://t.co/6QiOItDFaH 2018-08-03
- A strawberry suncatcher? #drawingaugust https://t.co/5TVksdMffR https://t.co/SwLkjcIaCZ 2018-08-04
- I don’t know why I make these. They are a finicky pain that aren’t very solid. –
-#butilikethem #trees… https://t.co/I5k9dpBudK 2018-07-22
- Tocqueville effect (1840): the phenomenon in which, as social conditions and opportunities improve, social frustrat… https://t.co/y0ACIwRFoV 2018-07-22
- RT @edmontonriver: Taste of Edmonton definitely delicious with ?@lyrabrrown? grooving on the ivories ?@TasteOfEdm? https://t.co/DLeYr1KkcU 2018-07-23
- Another great handmade knife by my son—this time a lead came knife for #stainedglass
#knifemaking #handmade… https://t.co/IJwhQi1NtV 2018-07-23
- Today’s bunnies… https://t.co/9QKdX0HxOr https://t.co/GCPmBnHDjv 2018-07-23
- RT @LifeOnGudgeon: Heading to the Broughtons https://t.co/iyB17qpEO3 https://t.co/8nAi8Prv67 2018-07-23
- RT @CBCCalgary: 'Made-in-Banff' bison calves born in park for 1st time in more than 140 years https://t.co/Mik97jxZ7V https://t.co/9iXzJcwU… 2018-07-24
- I wonder what he’s got to be grumpy about?
- Mini feathers…just because they make me happy. https://t.co/6mp3H4yCzo https://t.co/DgasERmg7N 2018-07-26
- RT @Mikael_Alm: Dry spell reveals traces of old Baroque garden at Chatsworth House. https://t.co/Iog9X5fqKA 2018-07-26
- RT @TownofCanmore: Since the fare-free transit pilot started ridership on the Roam Public Transit Canmore local service is up almost 100% o… 2018-07-27
- https://t.co/7KTNc6Lwdw https://t.co/KtVTGE3vmo 2018-07-27
- RT @philkirby: This is a double hedged sward. https://t.co/mVQFUEitGT 2018-07-27
- @lavermeer https://t.co/rAqFGknGC6 2018-07-28
- RT @MsJanelleSnow: Last weekend our famjam partnered with @ChevroletCanada for an #equinoxexperience – from #yeg to Canmore. Watch closely… 2018-07-16
- RT @lavermeer: Review: The Journey of Little Charlie https://t.co/TvMuyEqdqF https://t.co/RjRQ4IPJhv 2018-07-17
- RT @theboozephiles: South Slope https://t.co/BblVZc4oAS https://t.co/j2PPXl0W68 2018-07-17
- Absolutely no whining allowed. #glorious #ivebeenwaiting #perfectweather https://t.co/wR6ibK0Pho https://t.co/nfV5ediRsb 2018-07-17
- I grok this feeling… https://t.co/Q62gGuLTqB 2018-07-18
- RT @AnneWheaton: PSA: If you find yourself getting caught between the moon and New York City, please call the fire department for assistanc… 2018-07-20
- RT @Distinctboxes: Japanese artist Wakuneco Makes Hyper Realistic Cat Portraits From Wool
More : https://t.co/b5SvBkcYaY https://t.co/fI9bp… 2018-07-21
- RT @Moosejawmuray: This is simply too funny #MichaelPhairPark pancake breakfast for #ucp
@doniveson @Scott_McKeen @bmasonNDP @RachelNotley… 2018-07-21
- A modified copy of a piece that I just “sold.” And right at the last minute I out a tiny heat fracture in it. Grrrr… https://t.co/GtJj2kZOIi 2018-07-21
- RT @P4ola91: All this controversy about the Social curriculum in #abed and I don't think half these people know what the current curriculum… 2018-07-21
- Spring 2018 Round Up – https://t.co/6pB3dpYD11 2018-07-09
- Well at least the pieces relegated to the “junk pile” still fancy up my workspace 🙂 https://t.co/0qctuv2A3Y https://t.co/kjxShM4fKb 2018-07-09
- RT @theboozephiles: Classic Caesar https://t.co/eSsDrX9GNh https://t.co/dyWkfrQ8oP 2018-07-10
- RT @lavermeer: Review: Bloom https://t.co/49JIcR5CsC https://t.co/XD8acqS7i7 2018-07-11
- @RimofthePacific @CanadianForces @RCN_MRC @ARC_RCAF This must be her maiden voyage? Is she fully equipped and finished as per specs? in reply to RimofthePacific 2018-07-11
- RT @CleanMarineBC: $500K fines part of DFO's protection plan for whales, marine mammals with new regulations taking effect today. 200 metre… 2018-07-11
- @lavermeer Hmmmmmmm https://t.co/flGpT0VDAV 2018-07-11
- RT @RCM_SAR: So glad to be at the @CoastGuardCAN base for the announcement with Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fis… 2018-07-12
- I like to speed as much as the next guy but sometimes I really despair for humanity. Comment found on a story about… https://t.co/XE1DqRZbpV 2018-07-12
- And what’s with the two likes? <head smack> in reply to BruceKeith 2018-07-12
- RT @CdnYachting: The @able_sail Network Mobility Cup Committee is pleased to announce that Mobility Cup 2018 will take place August 27-31st… 2018-07-12
- Sigh. Just a few short weeks ago. Lacy Falls in the Broughtons.
- RT @Dpzzle: Copy-editing is art… https://t.co/OhukgQthJ4 2018-07-13
Well our spring 2018 cruise is done. We went a bit later this year due to time commitments but since we were headed north to the Broughtons it was still a pretty uncrowded affair. We only had three and a half weeks, but we were determined to make the sojourn north again. In retrospect it was a bit rushed (especially as we had a timetable involving picking my brother up in Port McNeill) and I am not sure I would do it again with that little time — then again I am such a fan of the Broughtons I probably would. It just a different kind of cruising than we’ve become used to.
Day 1: 24.5 nm (Lasqueti Island*)
Day 2: 58.5 nm (Gowlland Harbour*)
Day 3 : 27.5 nm (Blind Channel)
Day 4: 38.25 nm (Port Harvey)
Day 5: 23.5 nm (Mound Island*)
Day 6: 0 nm (Mound Island*)
Day 7: 6.25 nm (Spout Island*)
Day 8: 14 nm (Port McNeill)
Day 9: 0 nm (Alert Bay)
Day 10: 26.25 nm (Echo Bay)
Day 11: 15.5 nm (Kwatsi Bay)
Day 12: 25.5 nm (Lagoon Cove)
Day 13: 15 nm (Goat Island*)
Day 14: 0 nm (Goat Island*)
Day 15: 21 nm (Port McNeill)
Day 16: 35 nm (Port Harvey)
Day 17: 42.5 nm (Shoal Bay*)
Day 18: 26 nm (Von Donop)
Day 19: 0 nm (Von Donop)
Day 20: 43 nm (Van Anda)
Day 21: 28 nm (Secret Cove)
Day 22: 24 nm (Nanaimo Harbour)
Day 23: 1.5 nm (Stones Marina)
Day 25: 0 nm (Stones Marina)
Day 26: 0 nm (Stones Marina)
Day 27: 0 nm (Off the boat)
Total nautical miles travelled: 495.75 nm (918.12 km)
Time travelling: 92 hrs 50 minutes
New places visited (see asterisks): 6
As you can see we only spent more than one night at an anchorage on 3 occasions — quite the contrast to last year where only twice did we not stay more than one night.
Humpback whales: 12
Pacific White-sided Dolphins: ~100
Sea cucumbers: a bunch and 2 different species
Bald Eagles: uncountable
Barn swallows: a passel
Purple Martins: some?
Spotted for the First Time
Dall’s Porpoises: ~5
Minke whales: 2
Sea urchins: tons, both green & red
Violet Green Swallows: 4 or 5
This years trip featured more than our usual share of boat-related issues.
- Electrical weirdness — We raised the sails almost immediate after leaving Nanaimo Harbour b and a few hours later the chartplotter was so dim it was almost unreadable. After we started the engine if brightened back up again. This continued throughout the whole trip. I checked all the connections but didn’t find a solution. (After we returned to dock and properly cleaned all the battery terminals the problem seemed to clear up.)
- Webasto heater— it ran just fine the first few times we used it but on the morning it hit 11° C, we just couldn’t get it to fire. It gave us a 3 blink error code for the first half dozen attempts but then it became a 6 blink. After we had access to the web again I discovered that 3 blinks was a low/high voltage error (see point above) and that 6 was a Temperature Sensor Interrupt (which necessitated ordering a new part).
- Jib Furling — after sailing downwind in 30+ knots, when I rolled the jib in it didn’t wrap around the stay properly and left a little flap of sail that caught the wind. After entering Discovery Passage the winds picked up, caught the flap and started unfurling my sail. This became so bad we had to turn back into the wind and unfurl it and wrestle the sail back in again. What seemed like a straightforward procedure took about half an hour and had me on the foredeck getting pummelled by the jib sheets.
- Main burner thermocouple — the main burner started cutting out halfway through the morning hot water boiling procedure (much to the dismay of the caffeine starved crew). I cleaned the thermo couple and dismantled the burner to give it a scrub but it was all to no avail. So for the rest of the trip we had to rely on the two small burners which meant cooking was a very time consuming affair. I opted not to have the new thermo couple shipped to me and that turned out to be a good thing because getting the old one out eventually necessitated drilling out old screws and retapping the holes.
- Lost oar — we lost the bottom part of one of the oars somewhere on Johnstone Straight. It was odd because the conditions weren’t half a s rough as they had been on days previously. I called a head to Port Mc Neill to see if they could order me a new oar and they said they would try. But upon arrival it turns out that oars are such a specialized thing that they couldn’t find one that would fit. So we bought a paddle as a backup and resigned ourselves to more motoring that we usually do.
- Overturned dinghy — after surviving the 25+ knot winds in Knight iInlet we breathed a sigh of relief and turned up Clio Channel. Unfortunately the winds funnel down Clio even more and soon were gusting in the mid 30s. When they hit 39 knots the dingy became air born and then flipped and landed upside down. I managed to pull it in and right it but our new paddle, the seat and the fuel tank were gone. A few MOB turns later we had recovered the seat and the fuel tank but the paddle was gone.
As I mentioned my brother joined us for a week (Port McNeill –> Broughtons –> Port McNeill). North Island Marina let us use their van to pick him up and drop him off at the Port Hardy Airport which is a great service. He hadn’t been on the water since he was a kid so if was a new experience for him. I asked early in the trip if he wanted to be crew or passenger and he opted for passenger. Still he managed to spend his share for time at the helm and was a great help.
We saw tons of wildlife, hit the high spots of the Broughtons and generally had a great adventure.
It was a great trip and over much too soon. We managed to meet up with some old friends, connect with some internet acquaintances and make some new friends as well. And we are still eager to do it all over again.
We managed to get back to a few spots we wanted to see again (including Alert Bay) and were blessed once again with a whole pod of dolphins traveling with us for a few miles. The only thing missing was some orca, but given that we saw a mother and calf pair of humpbacks I think we can let that slide.