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!