The Voyage of S/V Estelle

Cruising the British Columbia Coast

19 November 2017 | Vancouver, BC
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

Fall Cruising in BC Part 1

19 November 2017 | Vancouver, BC
Nice Fall weather
Ben taking us out Vancouver Harbour under the Lions Gate Bridge

Well, it's been a bit of time since I last updated the blog... since June, in fact. But we have been sailing, and I'm sitting out a snowstorm in Whistler, and Estelle is tucked in for winter at the Vancouver Rowing Club, so no time like the present!
We arrived back in BC on September 14th, planning to spend the fall cruising.

19 September
We arrived back in Victoria and checked out Estelle in the yard of Van Isle Marina where she spent the summer. All well aboard and we arranged for launching.

21 September
We arrived back at the boatyard to see Estelle crossing the street to the launch way and were back afloat and underway to our slip by noon.
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Estelle being launched

A couple of nights in the marina saw us re-stocked and re-organized. The logistics of returning both the car and boat back to Vancouver took some thought, but finally sorted itself out and on September 23rd we were off.
Plans were originally to do some extended cruising, but plans don't always work out... life interferes, and plans were altered. So our first objective for the fall was to head for our new slip at the Vancouver Rowing Club.
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Estelle's new home

We had been on a waiting list for the past year, and with a marina expansion, a number of vacancies occurred and we were in! So from Van Isle Marina we headed up the Gulf Islands and through Gabriola Pass to anchor in Silva Bay.
In the off season, the small anchorage was still full of boats on permanent moorings, but we found a small corner to drop our anchor and headed ashore for some exploring. It turns out there is not too much to explore ashore in Silva Bay, and in off season, the only restaurant was closed. Back aboard we were just settling in for the evening when a seaplane swooped by us, landing just off our bow. Turns out the reason the area was free of boats is that it is the seaplane landing zone. But it was sunset, so we just turned on the anchor light, assuming correctly it turns out, that the planes, don't run at night.
Next morning was a beautiful sail across the Strait of Georgia to the Lions Gate Bridge where we furled the sails (no sailing allowed in the harbour) and motored into our new slip. Next morning was our safety inspection required to keep Estelle in the marina. That completed with no issues, we headed back to Whistler where we had some commitments.

28 September
Back aboard, we left Vancouver and headed back to the Gulf Islands, and with a new crew member!!! Our ten year old Grandson Ben decided to come cruising with us. Although the weather was beautiful, the light airs meant that Ben didn't see any sailing on the crossing. To get into the Gulf Islands requires running through one of a number of passes, all requiring timing the currents. We were a bit early for slack and were swept through in a two knot current.
Through the Pass we motored down Pilades Channel to Pirates Cove, only two miles from the pass. It is a great anchorage, with excellent protection and, in the off season, uncrowded. Safely Anchored, with Ben anxious to learn how everything is done, project number one was launch the dinghy. With the outboard on, Ben was more than anxious to try it out.
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After a good run in the dinghy we were hiking the paths on the island, then back aboard for dinner.

29 September
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Breakfast!
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Fishing in Montague Harbour

This morning we headed out down the Trincomali Channel towards the southern part of the Gulf Islands. With a fresh wind on the nose, we hoisted our reefed main and jib for an exhilarating sail. But by mid afternoon we were drifting with the fishing line out, without success. Our destination for the night was Montague Harbour, and by mid-afternoon we were picking up a buoy at the provincial park mooring field. Ashore we found a group fishing on the dock for small baitfish, using just sticks for rods, a short piece of line and marine worms found attached to the dock as bait. Soon equipped, Ben and I soon began hauling in our share (all returned for another day's fishing). Another hike, a quick trip to the marina for ice cream (closed yesterday) with Ben at the helm of the dinghy and time for dinner!

30 September
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"The Boys"

We were up early and off to nearby Ganges Harbour on Saltspring Island, where we were meeting our daughter Sarah and her two boys, Henry (3) and Johann (2) for the night aboard.
One of the great benefits of the VRC (Vancouver Rowing Club) are their "outstations". In this case it is a large section of dock space at the Ganges Marina, reserved exclusively for club members, no fees. So we tied up and prepared for the chaos to come. Sarah and the boys had taken the ferry from Vancouver Island and met us at the excellent farmers market. In the evening we ate at a local restaurant and settled in for the night in cozy quarters!!

1 October
Today our crew departed, leaving a very quiet boat. But before everyone departed we went touring and found the most incredible miniature train setup. Running indoors and out thorough the woods, the boys were mesmerized. And after some instruction, each one was permitted to operate the trains.
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Henry at the controls

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Ben at the controls

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Playing Trains


Great fun, and before leaving we were allowed to feed the goats and chickens running around.
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In the afternoon we said a sad goodby to Sarah and the boys, but only for a week when we would be together again for Thanksgiving in Whistler.

2 October
Casting off from the Ganges Marina, we began our trip back to Vancouver. Sailing north towards Gabriola Pass, we headed for Telegraph Cove on Thetis Island. Up Trincomali Channel, through Houston Passage rounding the southern tip of Keuper Island into Stuart Channel, we ghosted into tiny Telegraph Cove on the dying breeze. With no room to anchor, we tied up at the Telegraph Harbour Marina.
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Telegraph Harbour model boat

3 October
In the morning we took another walk, looking for a vineyard that we later learned no longer existed. But we did discover a small custom coffee roasting shop where we bought some interesting, and later confirmed, excellent beans.
Back aboard, we sailed a short 10 miles to Pirates Cove where we spent the night. We seem to have been here in Pirates Cove more than any other anchorage in the Gulf Islands. And although it is a nice anchorage, the real reason is that it is so convenient for staging for passing through nearby Gabriola Passage, as we did the next morning, with another beautiful sail across the Strait of Georgia and back to our berth at the VRC.




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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)
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Created 19 November 2017
Our cruise of the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands in May & June, 2017
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Created 21 July 2017
Our first BC cruise, from Pender Harbour to Strait Marine in Steveston BC
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Created 27 April 2017
Estelle's arrival in Vancouver
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Created 31 October 2016
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Created 28 July 2016
Our first year cruising... Exumas, Bahamas.
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Created 28 July 2015
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Pics of our trip from Mount Desert Islans to the Saint John River in July 2014.
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Nov/Dec 2011
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San Blas Islands
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Some photos at John Williams Boatyard as we prepare for departure.
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Created 14 September 2010
Our trip to various BC ski resorts Jan-Feb 2010
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August/Sept in Maine
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Created 29 August 2009
Our trip from Norfolk Va to Mount Desert Island, June 20th to July 7th, 2009. Gerard Watts aboard as crew!
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Our trip from Maine to Miami
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Created 19 December 2008
Pics from Jan to June 2008, Bahamas to Maine
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Trip south from Maine to Bahamas, Sept-Dec 2007
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Created 26 December 2007
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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.
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These pictures were taken while on Long Island, Bahamas, in February, 2007
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Created 11 March 2007
This album contains some photos of our time in the Jumentos Islands, in the Bahamas
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