The Voyage of S/V Estelle

Cruising the British Columbia Coast

04 August 2017 | Van Isle Marina
25 July 2017 | San Juan Islands, Wa USA
22 July 2017 | BC Gulf Islands
21 July 2017 | BC Gulf Islands
28 April 2017 | Steveston, BC
14 February 2017 | Whistler, BC
13 November 2016 | Pender Harbour
31 October 2016 | Vancouver Rowing Club
10 October 2016
17 August 2016 | John Williams Boatyard, Hall Quarry, Mt Desert Is.
11 August 2016 | Wooden Boat School anchorage, Eggemoggin Reach
09 August 2016 | McGlatherties Island
08 August 2016 | Castine, Maine
07 August 2016 | Bucks Harbor
06 August 2016 | Castine, Me
05 August 2016 | Cradle Cove
28 July 2016 | Boothbay Harbor
22 September 2015 | Somes Sound, Mt Desert Island, Maine
15 September 2015
25 July 2015 | Oromocto, NB

Moving Through The Big Apple

01 June 2015
Sunny, 25C, winds South@15-18
The East River

May 24th -25th
Listening to the weather forecast for five days of moderate southerlies we quickly got underway. Our original plan was to spend another day in Portsmouth but the forecast was too good to pass up, so at 0800 hrs, we were motoring down the Elizabeth River.
From the marina, down the harbour and across the bottom of Chesapeake Bay is a distance of 22 miles. But assisted by a strong outgoing current, we were bearing off northeast in light southerlies at 1100 hrs.
Carrier
Aircraft Carrier in Norfolk

At 0800 hrs the next morning we gybed and headed in to Cape May, NJ where we anchored at 1030 hrs. Not wanting to launch the dinghy and with no particular reason to go ashore, we just spent the day aboard, resting and cleaning up. At noon, we were joined in the anchorage by Swift Current with Howard and Lynn Bradbrooke aboard. They had arrived a few days before, having started their cruise from Annapolis where the boat wintered. With drinks in the cockpit, we discussed plans, and agreed to take advantage of the continuing excellent forecast.

May 26th
We set out at 0800 in the continuing 10-15 knot southerlies, and by days end were anchoring in the excellent protection of Barnegatt. And a good thing too for the protection, as the forecast had changed, and we spent the night in 25-30 knot winds. But with the protection of the anchorage, we felt nothing.

May 27th
Swift Current exiting Barnegatt
Swift Current exiting Barnegatt

We got an early start on our planned run up to Atlantic Highlands, the last leg of the coast of New Jersey. Exiting the Barnegatt inlet provided some entertainment with the wind opposing the outgoing current, but we were safely out and bearing off in the continuing southerlies. The forecast was for continued southerlies but increasing to 20-25 later in the day. Well, they were right about the increasing part, but not the timing. So we spent the day romping up the shore in 20-25 knot winds, wing on wing... an excellent sail! Rounding Sandy hook, we doused the sails as the wind made up to a nice steady 30 knots. With Swift Current close behind, we motored down into the excellent protection of Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club where we picked up a mooring. This is an excellent and welcoming stop.
Ashore, we made a beeline for the grocery store to replenish supplies. On the way we noted The Flakey Tart bakery and a few other interesting stops. Back aboard, we headed over to Swift Current for a great dinner and evening to Celebrate our cruising, as we would be parting in the morning, SC staying to visit NYC and Estelle off through NYC harbour and the East River.

May 28th
The timing of the East River is everything. There is no point in a sailboat trying to buck the current. So when we looked at the current charts, we decided there was no point in leaving Atlantic Highlands until noon. That gave us time for a trip ashore to the Flakey Tart for pastries and for an excellent breakfast at the Hudson Cafe... VERY highly recommended! Another stop at Giannni's Specialty Foods for some excellent bread, salads and meats. Atlantic Highlands is a great stop!
At 1100 hrs, we were off, coasting up through New York's Outer Harbor and under the very impressive Verrazano Narrows Bridge into the inner harbor. Down the harbor and past Governor's Island with its very impressive Coast Guard base, we headed up the East River. We have done this trip many times, but never fail to be impressed with it. Being swept up the river past The Battery, the UN building, the upper east side and Roosevelt Island, through Hells Gate, we were spit out into Long Island Sound where we tucked into Manhasset Bay for the night. South winds still holding...
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Vessel Name: Estelle
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41.1
Hailing Port: Charlottetown, PEI
Crew: Jeannie & Jim Lea
About: Flag Counter
Extra: After cruising the east coast of North America for 10 years, from Nova Scotia to Panama, it's time for a change. Estelle will be cruising the coast of British Columbia and Alaska beginning in 2017.
Estelle's Photos - The Voyage of S/V Estelle (Main)
Our cruise of the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands in May & June, 2017
84 Photos
Created 21 July 2017
Our first BC cruise, from Pender Harbour to Strait Marine in Steveston BC
26 Photos
Created 27 April 2017
Estelle's arrival in Vancouver
8 Photos
Created 31 October 2016
63 Photos
Created 28 July 2016
Our first year cruising... Exumas, Bahamas.
11 Photos
Created 28 July 2015
69 Photos
Created 24 July 2015
17 Photos
Created 31 May 2015
8 Photos
Created 12 April 2015
25 Photos
Created 4 December 2014
3 Photos
Created 30 November 2014
20 Photos
Created 20 November 2014
5 Photos
Created 20 November 2014
13 Photos
Created 13 November 2014
20 Photos
Created 9 November 2014
Pics of our trip from Mount Desert Islans to the Saint John River in July 2014.
64 Photos
Created 14 August 2014
15 Photos
Created 9 May 2014
60 Photos
Created 20 September 2013
18 Photos
Created 3 April 2013
50 Photos
Created 14 January 2013
104 Photos
Created 12 December 2012
40 Photos
Created 1 December 2012
23 Photos
Created 10 November 2012
19 Photos
Created 25 October 2012
14 Photos
Created 13 March 2012
47 Photos
Created 6 March 2012
59 Photos
Created 1 March 2012
70 Photos
Created 27 February 2012
107 Photos
Created 21 January 2012
Nov/Dec 2011
48 Photos
Created 17 December 2011
San Blas Islands
4 Photos
Created 17 December 2011
58 Photos
Created 17 November 2011
23 Photos
Created 29 October 2011
22 Photos
Created 26 October 2011
49 Photos
Created 10 May 2011
52 Photos
Created 29 March 2011
18 Photos
Created 18 March 2011
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Created 18 March 2011
Feb, 2011
67 Photos
Created 11 February 2011
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Created 7 February 2011
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Created 4 December 2010
33 Photos
Created 4 December 2010
62 Photos
Created 17 November 2010
39 Photos
Created 15 November 2010
41 Photos
Created 31 October 2010
25 Photos
Created 4 October 2010
17 Photos
Created 4 October 2010
15 Photos
Created 3 October 2010
13 Photos
Created 1 October 2010
9 Photos
Created 1 October 2010
14 Photos
Created 1 October 2010
Some photos at John Williams Boatyard as we prepare for departure.
7 Photos
Created 14 September 2010
Our trip to various BC ski resorts Jan-Feb 2010
69 Photos
Created 7 February 2010
August/Sept in Maine
58 Photos
Created 29 August 2009
Our trip from Norfolk Va to Mount Desert Island, June 20th to July 7th, 2009. Gerard Watts aboard as crew!
89 Photos
Created 8 July 2009
11 Photos
Created 26 April 2009
65 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 22 March 2009
65 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 11 February 2009
43 Photos
Created 29 January 2009
42 Photos
Created 29 January 2009
5 Photos
Created 23 December 2008
27 Photos
Created 22 December 2008
Our trip from Maine to Miami
108 Photos
Created 19 December 2008
Pics from Jan to June 2008, Bahamas to Maine
50 Photos
Created 18 June 2008
Trip south from Maine to Bahamas, Sept-Dec 2007
42 Photos
Created 26 December 2007
14 Photos
Created 25 December 2007
4 Photos
Created 21 August 2007
These are pictures of The Hermitage on Cat Island, Bahamas. It was built single-handedly by Faather Jerome who was sent out by the Church of England to rebuild churches destroyed in the hurricanes in the early 20th century. He then converted to catholicism and built a number of Roman Catholic churches until he sought and received permission to build this hermitage where he spent the remainder of his life.
10 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 24 June 2007
1 Photo
Created 24 June 2007
21 Photos
Created 23 June 2007
3 Photos
Created 12 June 2007
These pictures were taken while on Long Island, Bahamas, in February, 2007
6 Photos
Created 11 March 2007
This album contains some photos of our time in the Jumentos Islands, in the Bahamas
11 Photos
Created 11 March 2007
3 Photos
Created 11 March 2007
9 Photos
Created 11 March 2007
4 Photos
Created 11 March 2007
19 Photos
Created 11 March 2007
18 Photos
Created 11 March 2007
13 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 11 March 2007
9 Photos
Created 11 March 2007
5 Photos
Created 11 March 2007
18 Photos
Created 11 March 2007