Around Vancouver Island 2013

Vessel Name: Reborn
Vessel Make/Model: 1952 Wood Ketch out of Orkney Islands
Hailing Port: Nanaimo, BC Canada
Crew: Moe and Laurie
Moe, the Skipper, has many years of sailing experience. He owned his first sailing dinghy when he was 15 and sailed with his friends around the Sunshine Coast of BC. Later he discovered windsurfing and devoted many years to his board. [...]
Extra: Reborn is a 42' fibre glass over wood ketch built in the Orkney islands in 1952. In her life time she has been redone enough times to carry her name with pride. Reborn has served as a pilot boat, a pleasure motor craft and now as a ketch.
21 August 2013 | Winter Cove to Nanaimo
21 August 2013 | Sidney Spit to Winter Cove, Saturna Island
21 August 2013 | Victoria to Sidney Spit
21 August 2013 | Sooke to Victoria
14 August 2013 | Bamfield to Sooke
13 August 2013 | Ucluelet and Ucluelet to Bamfield
06 August 2013 | Ucluelet
06 August 2013 | Joe's Bay to Ucluelet
06 August 2013 | Tofino to Joe's Bay
06 August 2013 | Tofino
02 August 2013 | Bacchante Bay to Tofino
02 August 2013 | Hot Springs Cove to Bacchante Bay
02 August 2013 | Friendly Cove to Hot Springs Cove
02 August 2013 | Bodega Cove to Friendly Cove
02 August 2013 | Tahsis to Bodega Cove, Kendrick Island
28 July 2013 | Dixie Cove to Tahsis
27 July 2013 | Walter's Cove to Dixie Cove, Hohoae Island
25 July 2013 | Bunsby Islands to Walter's Cove, Kyoquot
25 July 2013 | Columbia Cove to Bunsby Islands
24 July 2013 | Walter's Cove, Kyoquot
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21 August 2013 | Winter Cove to Nanaimo

Day 39

Day 39 – August 29, 2013 Monday

21 August 2013 | Sidney Spit to Winter Cove, Saturna Island

Day 38

Day 38 – August 11, 2013 Sunday

21 August 2013 | Victoria to Sidney Spit

Day 37

Day 37 – August 10, 2013 Saturday

21 August 2013 | Sooke to Victoria

Day 36

Day 36 – August 9, 2013 Friday

14 August 2013 | Bamfield to Sooke

Day 35

Day 35 – August 8, 2013 Thursday

13 August 2013 | Ucluelet and Ucluelet to Bamfield

Day 33 and Day 34

Day 33 and Day 34, August 6 and 7, 2013 Tuesday and Wednesday

Day 28

02 August 2013 | Bacchante Bay to Tofino
Laurie / Overcast and Calm
Day 28 – August 1, 2013 Thursday

We were not in too much of a hurry to get the day going as we had a date with the 10:56 slack tide at Hayden Passage. It would take us about an hour to get there from Bacchante Bay.

We woke up to some high fog and rainy drizzle. It would have been the kind of day to hunker down, stoke the fire, relax and read a book, but we had plans to go to Tofino so after breakfast we prepared the boat and by 9:24 had the anchor up on deck and were on our way. We were the first out of the bay. We intended to slowly make our way to Hayden Passage. Not long after we exited the bay, we noticed that one of the other boats that had been in the bay was leaving as well. Of course, they passed us. Everyone passes us. We noted that they, too, turned into Hayden Passage. By 10:35 we were entering the passage. This may be one of the easiest channels that we have transited during a slack tide. There was no influence on the boat and Moe steered us through it without a problem. We did notice that one of our navigation programs did not perform correctly and had us going right over top of an aid to navigation in the middle of the channel. Thank goodness it’s daylight and we can actually see where we are!

Tofino has represented a challenge to both of us with the many very shallow waters and prescribed channels for safe navigation. The entrance from the north is a bit convoluted with lots of shoals and buoys to watch out for. I had set our course on the GPS so, really, all we had to do was follow it. As we approached, both of us watched the many other boats coming and going and quickly determined our course visually. Entering Deadman Passage turned out to be much easier than the name or our expectations warranted! By 3:05 we were rafted up to ‘Chamade’, who we had seen first in Friendly Harbour and then again at Hot Springs Cove. We were also pleased to see ‘Aeolus’ as well and had a brief re-acquaintance with them.

Moe and I took a little foot tour of Tofino. We checked out the restaurant that we were planning on having dinner at and then walked to the Co-op and some gift shops. We came back to Reborn to change for dinner and then walked up to the Shelter for dinner, which was most excellent. It is really nice to have someone cook for us! After dinner, we headed back to the boat. I did some laundry and both of us showered and re—connected with our world.

I suspect this may be my shortest blog post yet!

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