The Voyage of S/V Estelle

Settling in to the British Columbia Coast

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
22 July 2015 | Cambridge Narrows, Saint John River
15 June 2015 | Somes Sound, Mt Desert Island, Maine

Gulf Islands Spring Cruise Part 2

22 July 2017 | BC Gulf Islands
Warm spring weather
Montague Harbour

May 23
Ganges Harbour, Saltspring Island


In more warm sunshine and light airs, we left Victoria. With a forecast of one more nice day, followed by some gale force winds, we contemplated our options. But for today, our options were where to spend another beautiful night before the winds picked up. Working our way back up into the Gulf Islands, we contemplated our options. Passing Sidney Spit, we lost count of the boats at anchor.
The next option was Portland Island. Portland Island has two small anchorages. Both Princess Bay, on the southern tip, and Royal Cove on the north tip are small anchorages, and on Victoria Day weekend, the first "summer weekend", both were full beyond our liking in mid-afternoon. Carrying on, we settled on Ganges Harbour on Saltspring Island.
We followed Swift Current into the harbour and anchored outside the crowded anchorage. Dinghying ashore, we enjoyed a walk, did some essential grocery and wine shopping, and enjoyed a final evening with Swift Current.

May 24
Montague Harbour

The best part about Montague Harbour is its protection. With two small entrances, and surrounded by 125' cliffs, it is an excellent spot to wait out a blow. And that's what we did. And a bonus is the provincial park on its shore. With moorings at $20/ night, an excellent dock for landing and great hiking trails, a great place to waste a day. And so we did. We hiked, wandered, walked through the paths of this well-kept park. We took a short dinghy expedition to the marina where we looked through the store, bought a few groceries, and another walk. And with that, the day was over. In the evening, our Dickeson BBQ again showed its worth, grilling salmon and veggies as the winds swirled arouns us. But tucked in, and in our newly enclosed cockpit, we enjoyed the sunset.

May 25-26
Port Bedwell, South Pender Island


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Resting...
Port Bedwell doesn't really exist. It is a large (1.7 nm long, 0.5 nm wide) harbour with a few homes, a mooring field for Beaumont Marine Park (part of the Gulf Islands National Park), and Poet's Cove Resort and Marina. We planned to only spend one night here, but found too much to keep us busy to leave.
We left Montague Harbour in mid-morning, motoring out into Navy Channel where we raised the sails for a quiet (10-15 kts) west breeze. Down into Plumper Sound where we rounded the southern tip of South Pender Island and up into Port Bedwell.
Safely tied to a mooring ball, we dinghied ashore to the Poet's Cove Resort and Marina. This place takes itself seriously! It is a beautiful resort with all the amenities. We wandered through the grounds, finally unable to resist the charms of the bar and its outdoor patio and the warm sunshine. On our return to Estelle, we explored the landing options for hiking in the park. Signs warned us away from the remains of an ancient midden, but we finally found what looked like a good spot for the next day's hike.
Next morning we landed on the park beach and did some careful adjusting of lines to assure ourselves that the dinghy would not only be there when we returned, but also floating. The reason we were concerned is the height of the tides... 10' to 14'. We didn't want to find the dinghy floating 200m from shore, or high and dry 200m from the waters edge.
The hike, to a lookout on Mt Norman was listed as strenuous. And not well marked should have been added. But after three hours and few mis-steps, we were heading back down to find the dinghy floating perfectly... in a few feet of (cold) water.

May 27-28
Van Isle Marina

We left Port Bedwell in mid-morning, heading for Van Isle Marina in Sidney, just north of Victoria. The reason... a sleep-over with Henry and Johann!!!
Leaving Port Bedwell in a calm morning and with less than 10 nm to go, we decided to do a bit of exploring. Passing north of Moresby Island, we cautiously entered Royal Cove on the north end of Portland Island.
Portland Island has an interesting history. First Nations people utilized Portland Island going back 3,000 years as is verified from the middens that can be found on the island. Subsequently the island ended up being inhabited by Kanaka (Hawaiian) immigrants and was utilized primarily for farming purposes. An eccentric owner in the 1920's was Frank "One Arm" Sutton, a retired British army officer. Frank Sutton acquired the island with funds he had won gambling on horse races within China. The plan was to raise & train thoroughbred race horses on the island. All evidence of the old horse racing track and a golf course have now vanished.
In 1958 the island was presented as a gift from the Province of British Columbia to Princess Margaret to commemorate her visit to the province. It was apparently expected that the princess would accept the island and immediately return it but apparently she had other ideas for the next 9 years! Princess Margaret finally returned the island to the province of British Columbia in 1967 to be used as a park and it became known as Princess Margaret Marine Park. The Canadian Government bought the island from the Province of British Columbia and it became known once again as Portland Island and became a portion of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada.
But today we just stuck our noses into Royal Cove where one boat was anchored with a stern tie to shore. There was room for three or four boats at max. Circling down to the south end anchorage, Princess Cove, we just passed by as we could see it was fully occupied. Rounding the southern tip, we anchored for lunch between Hood and Breckman Island where we watched the ferries coming and going from nearby Schwartz Bay.
After lunch, we continued our wandering trip through Stranger Passage and John Passage and into Tsehum Harbour, home of Van Isle Marina. In this small harbour there are three or four other marinas and a couple of yacht clubs, making it a busy spot.
Topping up with fuel we were soon settled in our berth and making ready for our visitors.
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And our visitors arrived on schedule with an impressive array of gear for one night. All settled, playing in the dinghy became the favorite passtime.
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For supper, we went into nearby Sidney. Back aboard, more dinghy play until bedtime.
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And surprisingly, all was quiet until 0700 hrs next morning, when dinghy play resumed.
After breakfast and more dinghy play, we were off to the nearby Buchart Gardens for an enjoyable morning.
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For lunch, we headed for nearby Zanzibar Cafe where we enjoyed a great lunch. When I went up to pay the bill, the waitress said it had been paid! Apparently, a patient of Sarah's had seen her and paid it for us! Very kind!
Back at the marina, we said goodby to our guests and headed back aboard for the night.


May 29
Royal Cove


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Stern Tie in Royal Cove

Plans for the balance of our cruise were the US San Juan Islands. But being the end of the Memorial Day weekend, we decided to postpone our arrival at US customs until the next day. So the plan was to return to Royal Cove on Portland Island for the night. Arriving, there was one boat already anchored, using a stern tie to shore. But with lots of room, we were soon settled, executing our first stern tie without too much confusion.
Stern ties are common in this area, and used for two reasons. First, in crowded anchorages, their use in crowded anchorages reduces swinging room. The second use is a bit unique to this area where water depths can be quite deep right up to shore. By droping the anchor on a steeply sloping bottom, the stern tie means the anchor will pull only "uphill" towards shore where it can dig in. In any offshore wind, the stern tie holds the boat where the anchor would otherwise trip in the deep water.
As part of the Gulf Islands National Park, there was a nice dinghy dock in the cove, where we tied the dinghy for a short walk on one of the trails.

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Curious Racoon

A nice quiet night. Tomorrow, off to the US San Juan Islands!

Gulf Islands Spring Cruise Part 1

21 July 2017 | BC Gulf Islands
Warm spring weather
Swift Current and Estelle, Victoria Inner Harbour

May 15-17
Strait Marine, Steveston

On Monday afternoon we arrived back in Steveston at Strait Marine, where Estelle has been waiting for us. The remaining day was spent restoring order to Estelle after we had packed everything away for the installation of our new cockpit enclosure. On Tuesday, Frank Mastars came down to review the new features. An excellent job, and perfect for north-west cruising. The afternoon was spent on small maintenance jobs and preparation for a haulout next day. Wednesday we hauled out for a quick rinse of the hull, change of prop zinc and to free a frozen seacock (not a job to be done in the water). All jobs complete, we were back in the water for our final night at Strait Marine.

May 18
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Scott Point Outstation
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We were off the Strait Marine dock by 0830 hrs. A bit early for us, but Strait Marine is a busy spot and the quicker we were out of the way the better. We also took maximum advantage of the outgoing current in the Fraser River, and were bearing off for Active Pass in no time. In the 15 knot SE breeze we enjoyed a beautiful close reach for the short 13 mile trip across the Strait of Georgia. Unlike our previous passage, we were able to time it so that we missed the ferry traffic and enjoyed a nice 4 knot boost from the current.
Through the pass, we bore off and motored up Long Harbour on Saltspring Island to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club's very comfortable Scott Point outstation. Here we were met by Howard and Lynn Bradbrooke on Swift Current. As members, they extended a very warm welcome. Rafted up to Swift Current, we toured the very comfortable facilities and settled in for the night.

May 19
Royal Victoria Yacht Club
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Next morning, after a walk around Scott Point, we cast off with Swift Current... cruise underway!! In a light wind day, we motored down through Captain Passage, Swanson Channel winding between the Gulf Islands and dodging ferries. Out into Sidney Channel we passed Sidney Island with its beautiful (and busy) Sidney Spit anchorage. Out into Haro Strait, through Baynes Channel and we were motoring into Cadboro Bay, home of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. With our membership in the Vancouver Rowing Club and Swift Current's Royal Van membership, we both enjoyed reciprocal privileges, including two free nights. That evening, we walked up the dock to welcome our two grandsons, Henry and Johann, and mother Sarah.
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Henry & Johann with Mommy, Royal Vic YC

For their first visit, they just came aboard, enjoyed a snack and headed for the club playground.
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May 20
Royal Victoria Yacht Club
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A full day of light duties, walking, eating, enjoying warm sunshine. In the evening we welcomed Henry, Johann and Sarah to the club dining room. Another great evening. And we discussed the next day's planned excursion with the boys, a trip from Royal Vic around to Victoria's inner harbour. All set for an exciting day!

May 21-22
Victoria Inner Harbour
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At 0830 hrs we met our eager crew on the dock. Settling in, we prepared to get underway. Clearly Henry had not planned on quite this much excitement, as, casting off, he burst into tears. But minutes later, with snacks coming out, all was again well. And as we rounded Shoal Point and the harbour came into view, he was quickly pointing out the landmarks of the city. Tied up at Wharf Street Marina, we set out to find a restaurant for lunch. Met by Daddy (Hagen) we settled in for lunch at Milestones Grill. Too much excitement for Johann, he put his head down on the table and slept.
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In the afternoon we bid our guests good-by and wandered the waterfront. That evening was fish & chips from Victoria's famous Red Fish Blue Fish. The 1/2 hour line-up and wait were well worth it!
Next day was more touring. Even though we often visit Victoria to see Sarah and family, we somehow never find the time to just wander the downtown. So we spent an enjoyable day relaxing and playing tourist.

A Quick Cruise Through The Gulf Islands

28 April 2017 | Steveston, BC
Cloudy, 15C, Wind SE@15
A Quiet Evening in Pirates Cove

18 April 2017 Pender Harbour
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Last night in Pender Harbour
Today we drove from Whistler to Pender Harbour to begin our new chapter in cruising... Coastal British Columbia. After wintering at the dock of Rollie and Evie Rolston, Estelle was ready for her new adventures. Having arrived late in the afternoon, we just did the essential loading and unloading that allowed us to make supper and find space in the berth for sleeping.

19 April 2017 Pender Harbour
With a forecast for rain, we jumped up and began the job of getting the sails on before the rain began. Fortunately it kindly held off until the job was finally done in early afternoon. Installing the main became more of a project than necessary as the installation of the new Mack Pack was a slow project due to some unclear instructions. But all was complete, all loading and unloading complete in time for dinner.

20 April 2017 Pirates Cove, DeCourcy Island

By 0900 hrs we were casting our lines off to begin our first BC cruise. The plan was for a short cruise back to Strait Marine where we launched last fall. Cruising in BC can be a cool affair, even in summer, so we have ordered a complete cockpit enclosure.
Motoring quietly out Pender Harbour, we passed countless small marinas telling of how busy the small harbour would be in mid-summer. But today we were alone in the harbour. Bearing off, we laid our course for Silva Bay, a small harbour just off the southern tip of Gabriola Island, about 25 miles away. Even in the calm airs the temperatures were cool enough for us to dream about our new enclosure. Our course required a slight dog-leg in mid strait to avoid "WG" zone, a naval testing zone. We watched two military ships moving back and forth in the area and were told by "Winchesley Control" that the area was active, so we stayed well clear. Approaching Silva Bay, we noticed in the current tables that the current in Gabriola Passage had just turned in our favour and was running at just two knots. So, rather than stop in Silva Bay and have to wait tomorrow for slack, we decided to head through.

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Rainbow in Pirates Cove

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Pirates Treasure in Pirates Cove

The Gulf Islands cruising area is an area off the east side of Vancouver Island extending up to about Nanaimo. The cruising area is primarily created by four islands running in a south-east direction with "passes" between. And currents in the passes can run up to 9 knots, so have to be taken seriously.
Safely through Gabriola Pass, we motored down into Pirates Cove, a tiny harbour with a provincial park ashore. We were told by "John", one of about 10 people living on the island permanently, that in summer the tiny harbour could have up to 70 boats in it, jammed in cheek to cheek. To manage it, there are chains along the shore requiring an anchor off the bow and a stern tie ashore, all managed by a busy harbourmaster.
Ashore we went on a nice hike and met a group of early season kayakers out for a cruise. Back aboard, we sat in the cockpit until the cool evening air drove us below to the cabin warmed by the espar heater.
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Anchored in the protection of the Gulf Islands waiting for a berth in Vancouver

21 April 2017 Glenthorne Passage, Prevost Island
Today we woke to another dry day, a rarity this spring, and headed out on our way south. The plan is to be close to Active Pass for Sunday morning when we will head across to the Fraser River and Strait Marine.
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Porlier Pass
Again in calm airs, we motored down winding through the islands and passages until we rounded up in Ganges Harbour. Ganges is clearly the social and boating center of Saltspring Island.
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In the busy little harbour we worked our way in between the mooring field and the seaplane taxi lane. We dropped anchor and took the dinghy ashore where we found a pretty town with everything a cruiser could need... grocery store, bakery, specialty coffee, wine/beer and basic marine supplies. And we supported each one, ensuring an excellent meal for our 44th anniversary.
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Downtown Ganges

Back aboard, we decided to find a quieter spot for the night and motored 3 miles across Captain Passage to drop anchor in Glenthorne Passage where we shared a protected anchorage with two other cruisers. In spite of the forecast for 20-30 knot winds, we enjoyed a quiet night.
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Glenthorne Passage

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22April 2017 Montague Harbour, Galiano Island
In the morning we wasted no time in getting underway. In spite of the lack of wind in the night, the forecast was still for even higher winds and heavy rain to start in the afternoon. So we were underway and motoring into Montague Harbour by 1000 hrs. Montague Harbour is surrounded by huge cliffs in all directions. In the north end, we picked up a mooring from the provincial park and headed ashore to hike the park's well kept parks. Although the rain did begin, we were sheltered in the dense foliage of the park. And we could feel the wind begin to rise. After an excellent hike, we were back aboard and battening down for a nasty afternoon.
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Driftwood Art, Montague Harbour Provincial Park
A quick check of conditions out in mid-strait confirmed that the winds really had gotten up to gale force. But in the shelter of the surrounding mountains, we had only a few light gusts. So by mid-afternoon we were headed ashore into the small village of Montague Harbour in light rain and breeze.Montague Harbour does not take a full day to visit. In fact, a 20 minute walk allowed us to see its sights. So back aboard for the evening, we tucked down below, again talking about the anticipated benefits of our new enclosure.

23 April 2017 Strait Marine, Steveston, BC
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Sea Lion on the Fraser River Breakwater

Today's plan had two objectives... Plan A, get through Active Pass at slack and Plan B, enter the Fraser River at its lowest outflow, about 3/4 hr before high tide. Plan A worked, sort of. Dropping the mooring at 0910 hrs, we motored out Montague Harbour and down to the entrance of the pass. The currents felt right, so we headed in... followed by the Spirit of BC, one of the BC ferries between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. And just to make the morning more entertaining, Victoria Marine Traffic (listening to us talk to the Spirit of BC), suggested we contact the Spirit of Vancouver Island, entering the pass from the other direction. So, we just tucked into a small cove and watcher the ferries pass in the narrow confines of the pass.
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Spirit of BC entering Active Pass
Once outside, we set our course for the mouth of the Fraser. But our plan to arrive 3/4 hr before high tide was soon abandoned as we rushed across the strait in a 15 kt beam reach. A beautiful sail. At the river mouth we waited for a tug and tow to exit, and began chugging up the 6 mile channel, against a 3 knot current. But at 1500 hrs, we were safely tied to the docks of Strait Marine. Cruise over.
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Steveston Harbour, Canada's largest fishing harbour

From here, not sure. We're here until the canvas work is done, probably a week. Then, depending on weather, we will begin cruising further north... Desolation Sound and the Broughtons, always weather dependent, but with our new enclosure...

Skiing our way through Winter

14 February 2017 | Whistler, BC
Sunny, Village +1C, Alpint -6C
Exit after a great run through Flute Bowl

Well, winter is passing quickly, and here in Whistler we have had the best (for skiers, that is) snow winter in years.
But we haven't forgotten about Estelle, waiting patiently for us in Pender Harbour. We have been up to check on her a few times finding all well. And with some small "take-home" jobs, coupled with studying BC cruising guides, we have been getting ready for the coming cruising season.
We are looking forward to exploring the vast cruising areas here in BC, with plenty of territory to keep us busy for years.
Plans are to head back to Vancouver to have a new cockpit enclosure installed in early April, then, depending on weather, start cruising some time after mid-April, depending on the spring.
We'll see.

To the Sunshine Coast

13 November 2016 | Pender Harbour
Rain, 12C, Light winds
Downtown Vancouver

Well, October did turn out to be the rainiest month on record... 28 of 31 days! And November started out the same. So Estelle sat at the very comfortable docks of the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver, waiting for a break in the weather to head to her winter home in Pender Harbour.
Neighbors in Whistler, hearing that we were looking for a winter berth, offered us their empty dock in Pender Harbour, about 60 miles north of Vancouver, and we quickly accepted! The only problem was getting there! With the rains, the marine forecast was filled with gale warnings, so we just sat tight.
Finally, a short two day window appeared, and we headed down to Vancouver to stock up for the short two day trip.
On Nov 8th, we made final preps for the trip, and in the evening walked over to watch the US election results with friends Howard and Lynn Bradbrooke. We met Howard and Lynn in Panama and cruised north with them, and followed their lead in shipping Estelle across to BC. Their boat, Swift Current lies in the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club's Coal Harbour marina just feet from Estelle.
Staring glumly at the depressing forecasts, we called Howard for "local knowledge", and he steered us in the right direction, pointing out the narrow window.
So we walked over to their nearby home to (we thought) celebrate the US election. But we all know the result, so I'll ignore that part of the evening. Other than the election results, we had a great evening.
Next morning, after the rain stopped, we topped off the fuel tanks and headed out First Narrows and north west up the coast. Early afternoon we tied up at one of BC's many marine parks, Plumper Harbour, and hiked an excellent 5 km path through the "temperate rain forest". Back aboard we turned on the Espar for warmth and to dry out the boat. A quiet evening celebrating out first BC cruise.

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Estelle at Plumper Cove
In the morning we were off and up the coast. We only met one sailboat, heading south towards Vancouver.
Passing through Welcome Passage we reluctantly passed such intriguing anchorages as Smugglers Cove and Secret Cove, leaving them for next summer. Our objective was to get Estelle settled in Pender Harbour before the rain returned so we pushed on.
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Entering Gunboat Bay, Pender Harbour
Entering Pender Harbour, we passed numerous quiet marinas and wound our way into Gunboat Bay, Estelle's winter home. Here we tied up at the dock of our neighbours, Bob and Evie Rolston.
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Estelle's winter home
Safely tied up, we took off the sails and arranged a heater and de-humidifier below, and Estelle is set for the winter!
Next spring, the BC coast awaits!!

And finally after 21 days, Estelle arrives in Vancouver

31 October 2016 | Vancouver Rowing Club
Rain, 14C, light winds
Strait Marine

Well, on Monday, Oct 24th, Estelle finally arrived at Strait Marine in Vancouver. And except for a good layer of road grime, in perfect condition.
Unloaded and set up in the yard, we spent two days cleaning and unloading excess gear. By Thursday, we were ready to launch and step the mast.
Spending the night aboard, we enjoyed a great meal in the attractive downtown of Steveston, a small section of Richmond on the Fraser River. Steveston has Canada's largest fishing fleet and ashore has maintained a very attractive waterfront.
Dinner at Steveston Seafood was excellent. It is just one of many excellent restaurants in this attractive town center.
Friday morning we were tuning the rig and sorting out the final details.
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Headed down the Fraser River with Mt Baker in the background

At noon we cast off and headed down the Fraser River and out into the Strait of Georgia. We headed up past the busy Vancouver International Airport, through a fleet of ships anchored waiting to load and unload cargoes. In under the Lions Gate Bridge and into Vancouver's busy harbour and we headed for our berth at the Vancouver Rowing Club in Coal Harbour.
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Entering Vancouver Harbour

Approaching Coal Harbour, we passed next to the very busy seaplane take-off/landing exclusion zone. Here we watched the planes taking off in every direction. A busy spot indeed.
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Tied up at our berth, we were met by our daughter-in-law Meghan and our grand-sons Ben and Ethan. A warm welcome for Estelle!
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Here we sit until we get a break in the weather to allow us to motor up 50 nm to Pender Harbour, where friends have offered us a berth for the winter. But the wait may be extended... October has been a very rainy month, probably record-setting. And the forecast for this week shows more rain all this week.
But not a major problem as we can wait. And in Whistler, it has been snowing heavily in the alpine for the last two weeks. Sounds like a great ski season in the offing!
Next spring, looking forward to exploring new areas!

Where is Estelle???

10 October 2016
Whistler... rain/snow
Well, she left Maine on Oct 4th...
And with no trouble made it across the border to Niagara-on-the-Lake where the truck had a breakdown. Fortunately, the breakdown was with the truck, not the trailer, but none the less, Estelle is patiently waiting to proceed. But it may have been just a fortunate timing as her route is across the Canadian prairie provinces where they have had 40 cm (13") of snow. She is due to depart tomorrow (Oct 11) and the forecast for the prairies looks like a return to warmer weather. Arrival is now scheduled for Vancouver on Friday, but the BC forecast for later in the week doesn't look good... more delays??? We'll see.

End of a Chapter

17 August 2016 | John Williams Boatyard, Hall Quarry, Mt Desert Is.
Cloudy with showers (finally!)
But not the end of the book!

Somesville Harbor Aug 11th

Well, no cruise to Maine is complete without fog, and we found it this morning. Anchored in the mooring field of the Wooden Boat School, less than 200 yds from shore, I woke with no idea which way was which. The dock we dinghied to for dinner was invisible just 400 yds away. And the cool fog created an uncomfortable dampness, but the Espar quickly dried things out.
To wait out the fog, we went ashore again, wandering the area, inspecting the classes in progress, including traditional dinghy construction, wood sculpture, metalworking, ladies sailing, and a couple of others... a busy spot!
By 1130 hrs the fog began to clear and we got underway, following the windjammer Elizabeth Anne out the harbor. Across Jericho Bay we dropped the anchor in Buckle Harbor for lunch and a final hike around the island; a favorite stop. Then in the afternoon, off to Somesville for the last night of the cruise, a beautiful evening in a beautiful setting.

John Williams Boatyard Aug 12th

We motored the short distance to the yard where we discussed a few items on the maintenance list, then the job of unloading.
In addition to the usual jobs, we unloaded three large boxes of cruising guides and charts related to cruising the US East Coast, the Bahamas and the western Caribbean. Time to move to a new chapter in sailing... the West Coast! Plans are to ship the boat to Vancouver in September for cruising the BC coast. Lots of details to work out yet. But in the mean time, off to PEI for the balance of the summer!

And I have posted a bunch more pictures in the gallery.
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.
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