Sailing the Karina C

Vessel Name: Karina C
Vessel Make/Model: Spencer 35
Hailing Port: Nanaimo, B.C.
Crew: Jay + Anita Bigland
About: We are a crew of 2 ready to take on adventure on the Pacific Coast. We have returned from sailing to Mexico from 2010-15.
Extra: email us at jayanitabigland@gmail.com
20 July 2016
20 July 2016
16 July 2016 | False Creek, Vancouver
23 June 2016 | Ganges
26 April 2016 | Nanaimo
09 March 2016 | Nanaimo
23 August 2015 | Nanaimo
30 May 2015 | Nanaimo
28 May 2015 | Ganges
26 May 2015 | Oak Bay
26 May 2015 | Victoria
15 May 2015 | La Paz, Mexico
15 May 2015 | La Paz, Mexico
08 April 2015 | La Paz
05 April 2015 | La Paz
01 April 2015 | Marina Costa Lotta
30 March 2015 | Marina Costa Lotta
28 March 2015 | Marina Costa Baja
28 March 2015 | The pool
Recent Blog Posts
09 January 2018 | Fort de France Martinique

In Fort de France

Soufrierre Bay and town. It was the first capital of St. Lucia. Pitons are to the right.

03 January 2018 | Ft. Lauderdale

Set.....

Inside the cruise ship terminal

01 January 2018 | Victoria airport

Ready......

The view from the cafe at Victoria Airport.

14 November 2017

Mothballed!

We have shut down Karina C for the winter. All has been decommissioned. We hope to get Karina C recommissioned in March 2018 and sail off to Olympia WA for our next international cruise. We had a wonderful summer on the boat and hope that 2018 will be even better. During the winter we are going to cruise [...]

12 September 2017 | Nanaimo

Cabbage & Tumbo Island

A google earth view.

01 September 2017 | Nanaimo

Late Summer Cruise

Sunset at Cabbage Island

In Fort de France

09 January 2018 | Fort de France Martinique
Jay/Hot humid
Soufrierre Bay and town. It was the first capital of St. Lucia. Pitons are to the right.
January 6 1421
We've had an eventful few days on the Koningsdam. We were delayed getting away from the dock on the 3rd due to steering problems. They got put right by 1900 and we were on our way. We made it in time for arrival at St. Martin. Last night I must have got some bad seafood. Felt queazy most of the night. This morning, I puked up the supper. Felt a little better after the puke. Anita practiced piano this morning while I was trying to feel better. Eventually, We walked into town and bought Anita a wedding band. They took our last dollar, so we walked back to the boat. Got caught in a downpour on the way back. I stripped down and went back to bed. Anita joined me and we got up at 1400 and wandered up to the Lido deck for some hot water. Trying to rehydrate. Seems to be going OK, but slow.
January 7 1322
Today I feel a bit better. I'm eating solid food, but nothing too greasy. Today is St. Lucia. They were not damaged by the hurricane. We walked top the foot of the dock. I did some wifi, I cleared the email and checked the news. Anita explored the shops in the hood. We walked back to the boat. I was a little tired from the food poisoning episode a couple of days ago. I slept for 2.5 hours while Anita played the piano. After that, I had a light lunch of bread and cheese with some fruit. That brings us up to date on the blog. I'm gonna sit in the hot tub this afternoon and sleep a little more. Definitely not up to full speed in energy or appetite.
Later..... Appetite slowly recovering. I'm still being very conservative at supper. As we sailed out of St. Lucia, we sailed by the Pitons. The cab driver on a tour we took last year called them the Dolly Partons. As it got darker, I noticed there were no lights on in the town.

Set.....

03 January 2018 | Ft. Lauderdale
Jay/ Wet
Inside the cruise ship terminal

Tuesday, January 2 1000

We were up a few minutes before the alarm went off at 0455. Had a nice breakfast of cheerios and coffee. Got to the airport at 0615. Boarded the plane at 0815.
Then we sat at the terminal
And sat.
And sat.
At 0915 we started moving again. By that time, I got a severe case of numbum. So did Anita. Our stewardess looks like Tammy Faye Bakker's makeup teacher. No idea of what she looks like behind all that makeup and false eyelashes. We had a French teacher back in high school that must have put her makeup on with a trowel.
The crew says they will make up for the time we sat at the airport by reckless flying. We'll see how that goes. So far, my bum has achieved a blissful state of paralysis where I can't feel anything. My seat mate is snoring. Anita is dozing and I am writing. The young fellow to my left is a criminal justice student from Florida. I guess that means he knows how to survive in the slammer or commit the perfect crime. Says he wants to work for ATF when he graduates. I guess these folks go around and make sure every American is equipped with a bottle of booze, a package of Cuban cigars and an AK-47. That is mandatory equipment on the streets of Fort Lauderdale. Don't wanna mess with the little stuff. Do it right.
Almost everything is pay for on this flight. Fortunately, Anita swiped some fruit and a muffin from the breakfast buffet, so we'll be good until we land. We loose 3 hours on this flight. I will need to download the book on the watch when I get to the hotel so I can change the time zones. I want to start lunch as it is 2:00 pm in Fort Lauderdale, but its 11:00 am in Seattle.
We have never been to Ft. Lauderdale before. My only association is painting our boat above the waterline Lauderdale Blue. According to my seat mate, the town is only about a half hour drive N of Miami. The W Coast weather seems to have followed us to the East as it is supposed to be in the mid 60F (16C) so the pool will be off for us today. Probably get an early night and then go in quest for an electric razor in Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow. ( I forgot the electric cord)
Typically, the cruise ship terminal and the hotel are far away from a Target, Walgreens, or Walmart where I might get a cheap electric razor. I may have to run the power out on my razor and bleed from there. Anita says I should just grow a beard. I know what that means: no smooching for the vacation as she never kisses a grizzly face.
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We just finished supper at the bar+grill at the restaurant. There was no other place to eat. In the restaurant was comedian Kareoke. These guys were proof of life after death. The comedy made me look like Bob Hope. Then, We flee back to our room and turn on the news to hear President Kim declare he has the nuclear button on his desk. President Trump responds he has a bigger button. I feel safe just knowing that.
We are to bed in a few minutes so we can get to the cruise terminal early and go off in quest for an electric razor. My next best hope is the US Virgin Islands. All the rest of the islands run on 220V I suspect.

Ready......

01 January 2018 | Victoria airport
See pic (about 3C)
The view from the cafe at Victoria Airport.

We got to the airport @ 0930. It might seem a little early, but in view of the large numbers flying at this time of year, it is just fine. Our 75 seat plane will be full to Seattle. So far all is working as planned.
We were in bed early last night. Before I closed my eyes, I noticed the clock turned 2018 in Newfoundland. We were up at 0730 to do a little last minute email and have breakfast and to sort out what we were taking and what we would leave behind.
The trip down to Victoria was uneventful. The Malahat was sunny and dry.

Mothballed!

14 November 2017
We have shut down Karina C for the winter. All has been decommissioned. We hope to get Karina C recommissioned in March 2018 and sail off to Olympia WA for our next international cruise. We had a wonderful summer on the boat and hope that 2018 will be even better. During the winter we are going to cruise the Caribbean again (on a cruise ship) and we will be pursuing musical interests until April when the boat will once again take our primary interest.
This winter we are again taking an extended cruise in the Caribbean.

Cabbage & Tumbo Island

12 September 2017 | Nanaimo
Jay/Warm
A google earth view.

Late Summer Cruise

01 September 2017 | Nanaimo
Jay/Warm
Sunset at Cabbage Island

With Karina all fixed up and ready to travel, we finally set off on a 2 week cruise to Vancouver and the Gulf Islands.
We had a pleasant sail to Vancouver from Nanaimo. It started off in 15 knots of wind from the NW. Eventually, by the bell buoy, the wind left us and we hanked on the "iron jib" and motored the rest of the way into False Creek. We found a pretty good spot to anchor and we stayed in Vancouver for a music reading workshop and visiting our friends Jim and Linda. One morning, after a particularly windy night, our neighbour had drifted uncomfortably close to us. We took that as a sign that it was time to head for other anchorages. As the wind was from the NW again, we headed down to Tumbo Island.
Tumbo has to be one of the prettiest anchorages in the whole of the Gulf Islands. Unfortunately, it has a scary reputation for being rough in NW winds. The good news for us was the winds were forecast to be light from the SE. We stayed there 2 nights. We walked Cabbage Island 2x and Tumbo once. Tumbo is by far the larger of the two with a pleasant trail system to walk. There are two places to land on Tumbo. One is a steep dinghy tie up and you scramble up a rock to the trail. The other is a rather muddy beach. We put the wheels on the dinghy and rolled it up the muddy beach where we started our walk.
On the next day, we decided to start the long journey towards home. We stayed the next 2 nights at Bedwell Harbour tied to a mooring can. We enjoyed some of the resort facilities and walked to Gowland Point (see pics from earlier posts).
We left Bedwell in the mid afternoon and headed for Ganges where we visited Heinz and Lisa.The served us a delicious supper and desert. We left the next day for Montague Harbour where we walked the lovely little peninsula in the park.
The next day, we made it to Princess Cove where we stayed one night and then sailed and motored home. We had 0 mechanical issues and 100% good times. Within 15 minutes of getting home, it started to rain. Was that good timing or good planning?
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