BANGORANG!

15 June 2017 | Comox, BC
12 June 2017 | Nanimo, BC
10 June 2017 | Saltspring Island, BC
09 June 2017 | Victoria, BC
04 June 2017 | Port Townsend
04 June 2017 | Blake Island
03 June 2017 | Tacoma
29 July 2016 | Neah Bay, WA
29 July 2016 | Neah Bay
28 July 2016
27 July 2016
26 July 2016 | 400 miles West of Washington
24 July 2016 | On top of the High
22 July 2016 | ~800 miles west of Washington
21 July 2016
19 July 2016 | Somewhere parallel to Oregon
18 July 2016 | 1030.7 hPa
17 July 2016

Comox

15 June 2017 | Comox, BC
Colin
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.

Nanimo

12 June 2017 | Nanimo, BC
Colin
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.

Ganges

10 June 2017 | Saltspring Island, BC
Colin
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

Victoria

09 June 2017 | Victoria, BC
Colin
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.

Port Townsend

04 June 2017 | Port Townsend
Colin
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.

Blake Island

04 June 2017 | Blake Island
Colin
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.
Vessel Name: Bangorang
Hailing Port: Ventura, CA
Crew: Colin, Wendy and Skid
Extra: Urban Dictionary: Bangorang - The word from the film "Hook" meaning, basically, awesome!
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Sydney skyline
Nap time
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