12 May 2015 | 21 08'S:175 11'W, Arrived Tongatapu
11 May 2015 | 22 13'S:176 49'W, Minerva Reef to Tongatapu
10 May 2015 | 23 33'S:178 52'W, Minerva Reef to Tongatapu
07 May 2015 | 23 38'S:178 53'W, Landfall!! (sort of...)
05 May 2015 | 26 28'S:179 17'W, Heading Towards Minerva/Tonga
04 May 2015 | 28 45'S:179 54'E, Heading Towards Minerva/Tonga
03 May 2015 | 30 53'S:179 15'E, Heading Towards Minerva/Tonga
02 May 2015 | 32 53'S:178 06'E, Heading Towards Minerva/Tonga
01 May 2015 | 34 22'S:176 10'E, Heading Towards Minerva/Tonga
15 March 2015 | Queenstown
14 March 2015 | Christchurch and Dunedin
10 March 2015 | Blenheim and Hanmer Springs
02 January 2015 | Whangarei
01 January 2015 | Whangarei
07 December 2014 | Waitomo Caves
05 December 2014 | Northland, NZ
15 June 2017 | Comox, BC
We motorsailed the 55 miles from Nanimo to Comax with a dying southerly pushing us along. We had planned to stop a couple places along the way, but with the forecasted strong winds now upon us, I'm glad we did not linger. Even secured in the harbor, we are seeing steady 30+ kts of wind, with gusts to 40 kts. With the strong winds and rain we are hunkered down on the boat, but are warm and dry with water, power and WiFi. Yesterday it was nice and we enjoyed a long geocaching hike (excellent parks on Vancouver Island) and in the afternoon we took a bus over to the sister city of Courtenay to explore.
Also yesterday, an F27 called Sistership came into the harbor. This boat is part of a diverse fleet of boats competing in the Race to Alaska (r2ak.com). These hardy sailors and rowers are competing with only wind and/or human power in a race from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK. So far, in less than a week, they have been battered by 3 different fronts carrying gale force winds and large seas. Respect and fair winds to Sistership and her all woman crew, they're certainly tougher sailors than I.
12 June 2017 | Nanimo, BC
We had a beautiful, but calm motor transit from Ganges to Nanimo, but we had to carefully time our arrival for slack water at Dodd Narrows, a tight little channel where boats must proceed through single file on the favorable side of slack water which lasts only about 30 minutes. Nanimo was fun, we saw a couple of museums and hiked their very nice waterfront park. At noon there was a cannon salute over the harbor which Wendy was allowed to fire - big fun! On our last day we dinghied across to Newcastle Island, all of which was a park and Skid and Wendy made friends with another dog playing in the low tidal mud... Skid got hosed off on the dock, but I allowed Wendy to use the shower onboard.
From here we hustled up the east side of Vancouver Island to Comox in advance of an approaching cold front and gale warning.
10 June 2017 | Saltspring Island, BC
Spent 2 nights anchored in Ganges harbor on Saltspring Island in the Gulf Islands of BC, This is an eclectic artisans community with heaps of character. We enjoyed hiking the trails and Wendy explored the weekly crafts market. We elected to push on for Nanimo since we will probably spend more time in the Gulf Islands later in the summer
09 June 2017 | Victoria, BC
Since several of our cruising guides warned of a dangerous rip tide that can form off Point Wilson during a strong ebb tide we elected to leave Fort Worden at high slack water, which happened to be 3AM (Ugh!). I guess it payed off as we had a smooth rounding and proceeded the 30 miles to Victoria BC with a 1 kt current assist the whole way.
Victoria is a beautiful city and we took a slip at the Causway docks, which are right downtown. From here we could walk or bus just about anywhere. In 3 dayswe saw the BC museum (awesome), toured the Parliament building (beautiful), visited a magnificent 19th century home called Castle Craigdarrouch, hiked Beacon Hill park and walked all over the downtown area geocaching.
Tomorrow we head for Ganges on Saltspring Island in the Canadian Gulf Islands.
04 June 2017 | Port Townsend
We left Blake Island at dawn to catch the ebb tide and made it all the way to Marrowstone Point before hitting the flood. From there it was just a few miles against the current into Port Townsend. We elected to take a slip in the marina for the night on account of the gale warning forecast in the Straight of Juan de Fuca for later that night. Despite the wind (20+ kts) we had a pleasant day walking, Skid swam at the beach and I checked out the boat yard as they have a lift wide enough for Bangorang. Very nice place. We also discovered an excellent whole-in-the-wall breakfast place called the Blue Moose.
The next day we moved out to Fort Worden for an early morning departure and spent an interesting day geocaching amongst the old WWII gun emplacements on Point Wilson. Skid saw a deer and I think he wet himself, or maybe that was the swimming... Skid really loves the beach.
04 June 2017 | Blake Island
An early run up Colvos passage had us on a mooring at Blake Island before noon. The only obstacle we encountered was dodging through the middle of the Vashon Island to Defiance swimming competition across the channel. Probably gave those poor buggers quite a fright. Great hike and some geocaching on Vashon Island. Skid didn't know what to make of the bold raccoons.