Summer 2016 Vancouver Island Cruise

From Portland, OR to Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island, and back.

29 July 2016 | Off the Washington State Coast
29 July 2016 | Off the Washington State Coast
26 July 2016 | Refuge Island, Vancouver Island
24 July 2016 | Ucluelet, Vancouver Island
22 July 2016 | Ucluelet, Vancouver Island
22 July 2016 | Effingham Bay, Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island, CA
21 July 2016 | Effingham Bay, Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island, CA
18 July 2016 | Off Obstruction Island, WA coast
17 July 2016 | Tongue Point, Astoria, OR
16 July 2016 | Tongue Point, Astoria, OR
15 July 2016 | Longview, WA
14 July 2016 | Portland, OR
18 July 2015 | Friday Harbor, WA
17 July 2015 | Sidney Spit , BC
16 July 2015 | Todd Inlet , BC
14 July 2015 | Telegraph Harbor , BC
13 July 2015 | Nanaimo , BC
12 July 2015 | Lesqueti Island , BC
11 July 2015 | Denman Island , BC
10 July 2015 | Campbell River , BC

Off Shore On the Washington State Coast

29 July 2016 | Off the Washington State Coast
George Stonecliffe
When deciding to head for Astoria, the weather forecasts were for strong winds NW 20-40, changing to W 20-30. Our thought was that sailing would help us deal with the sloppy sea state. We ended up initially with winds on our nose. But finally had NW 15-18 for sailing for six hours. Then the winds were from directly behind us, and we didn't want to head away from land since the winds strengthen. Also we didn't want to get too close to shore. So we struck the sails, and motored the balance of the way. We saw a few whales along the way. Possibly a Northern Right Whale waved at us. A humpback breached for us. A whale blew as we were inside Buoy 10 on Columbia Bar. What a surprise! We arrived at the Columbia Bar in 28 hours. And we are extremely grateful for flat water on the Columbia River! We'll be back on Monday afternoon into Portland. But it sure was worth being in Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island, Canada!

Off Shore On the Washington State Coast

29 July 2016 | Off the Washington State Coast
George Stonecliffe
When deciding to head for Astoria, the weather forecasts were for strong winds NW 20-40, changing to W 20-30. Our thought was that sailing would help us deal with the sloppy sea state. We ended up initially with winds on our nose. But finally had NW 15-18 for sailing for six hours. Then the winds were from directly behind us, and we didn't want to head away from land since the winds strengthen. Also we didn't want to get too close to shore. So we struck the sails, and motored the balance of the way. We saw a few whales along the way. Possibly a Northern Right Whale waved at us. A humpback breached for us. A whale blew as we were inside Buoy 10 on Columbia Bar. What a surprise! We arrived at the Columbia Bar in 28 hours. And we are extremely grateful for flat water on the Columbia River! We'll be back on Monday afternoon into Portland. But it sure was worth being in Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island, Canada!

Timing the Trip Up Lucky Creek

26 July 2016 | Refuge Island, Vancouver Island
George Stonecliffe
Lucky Creek's depth is affected by the tidal surge. So to reach the freshwater falls and pools we needed to watch for the last of the incoming high tide. With this 8' tidal change, some of the Creek was passable with 4' depth in our dinghy. 3 dinghies motored up to the base of the falls, and spent an hour frolicking in the pools and on a rope swing. How better can you spend a sunny day in July?

'Ukee Festival' Festivities

24 July 2016 | Ucluelet, Vancouver Island
George Stonecliffe
The Breakfast Buffet at the Community Center was a popular fund raiser for the Food Bank. The eggs benedict, scrambles eggs, French toast, and scrumptious ham were well worth the price of entry! The parade lasted about twenty minutes as it proceeded along the main street of town. Everyone came out to see the entries, and partake in the candy that was thrown to the crowd. The mascot, 'Ukee' is a gray whale, and was accompanied by services, business entries, and private vehicles of all descriptions. The afternoon at the Fairgrounds included among other booths, events, and such, the Logging Show. Participants from far and wide (Alberta, BC, and all over Vancouver Island) came to show their skills in axe throwing, buck sawing (Jill and Jill, Jack and Jill, and Jack and Jack), log chopping, standing on planks for chopping, and variations on the theme. The contestants were energetic, skilled, and were men and women young and older. Finally we watched the Nail, Sail, Bail Race where teams built plywood boats, launched them, paddled them around a 30 yard long dock, changed paddling team members, and returned to the start. The antics had everyone smiling and laughing. It was a great day in the sunshine!

Back in Ucluelet for 'Ukee Days' Festival

22 July 2016 | Ucluelet, Vancouver Island
George Stonecliffe
Portland YC planned the Barkley Sound Cruise around the 'Ukee Days' Festival. The Festival includes breakfasts, dinners, a parade, and numerous events at the Fairgrounds for all ages including everything from Baby Crawling, Wife Carrying, to Logger Events. The sunny weather has been delightful. Lattes, WiFi, and shopping have also added to the fun. Oh, and the Chiropractic adjustment that George received a couple days ago really helped his comfort level. :)

Fishing and Hiking

22 July 2016 | Effingham Bay, Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island, CA
George Stonecliffe
After preparing our dinghy, we left 'Julia Max', and went around the Island to the Imperial Eagle Channel side where salmon fishing was to be good. At first we jigged and cast near kelp beds to see what we could get. We caught 3 rock fish, and released them. Sue rowed the dinghy along the kelp beds while I cast and jigged. We had lunch on the beach. Then headed further around the Island, where salmon fishing was recommended. For two hours we tried varying depths, 30-50', and 100'. Our Fishfinder reported fish periodically, but none that we were close to I guess. I thought our diver, flasher, lure was a good combo. Oh well! We caught a few fish to fill our dinner skillet, and enjoyed the day's results. No oysters, no crab in the Bay. But Sue did find 'quite a hike' across Effingham Island, that sounded like an epic...not to be repeated!
Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About:
Summer 2014 went from Portland, OR to Glacier Bay NP, Alaska and back: 4000 miles in 4 months. In 2015 we wanted to circumnavigate Vancouver Island. However strong, gale force winds persisted on the west coast preventing us from going around. So we stayed to the east side. [...]
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