Broughtons Cruise 2009

25 August 2009 | Tacoma Yacht Club, Tacoma WA
24 August 2009
24 August 2009 | TYC Eagle Harbor outstation, Bainbridge Island
20 August 2009 | Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
19 August 2009 | Deer Harbor, Orcas Island
18 August 2009 | Reid Harbor, Stewart Island
17 August 2009 | Sidney/North Saanich, BC
15 August 2009 | Fulford Harbour, Saltspring Island
14 August 2009 | Otter Bay, North Pender Island
12 August 2009 | Ganges, Saltspring Island
10 August 2009 | Telegraph Harbour, Thetis Island
09 August 2009 | Telegraph Harbour, Thetis Island
08 August 2009 | Clam Bay, Kuper Island
07 August 2009 | Among the Masses
07 August 2009 | Nanaimo, BC
05 August 2009 | Garden Bay, Pender Harbour
04 August 2009 | Lund, BC Mainland
02 August 2009 | Lagoon Cove Marina, East Cracroft Island
01 August 2009 | Waddington Bay, Bonwick Island
31 July 2009 | Laura Cove, Broughton Island

Mauled by Malaspina

05 August 2009 | Garden Bay, Pender Harbour
WX: CAVU after high clouds & haze, temp 80, wind SW 20-25+
First, a word of explanation as to why the blog hasn't been updated lately. It ain't for lack of trying! Every so often, just to make our lives more fun, the blog site has a little game it plays. You log on, it goes to the "Add or Edit a Blog Entry" page, then when you click on that, it displays a fun little message that says, "You have to be logged in to do that." So it sends you back to the log-in page and the whole fun game starts again! Doesn't that sound like fun? It is SO much fun that it encourages us to make up fun little expressions and ways to describe the site, many of them containing four letters or beginning with the letter "F."

Okay, so EVERY day is accounted for if you have the time to waste going back and reading them all.

We're in Pender Harbour, north of Vancouver, after a brutal trip down Malaspina Strait today. We spent four fun-filled hours crashing into a 25-knot southerly wind. That's right, southerly. A wind that only blows up here in the summer on days when fools named "Long" are trying to go south. The only good thing to say about this day is that it is over and there's a pub here. This is the same place we stayed in both 1984 and 1985, but you'd never recognize it as the same place.

The forecast is for more southerly tomorrow so we may try to outwit the Cosmic Forces and stay right here one more day. They claim the winds will moderate come Friday. We've heard that before.
Vessel Name: Dreamtime
Vessel Make/Model: Ocean Alexander 40
Hailing Port: Gig Harbor, WA
Crew: Charlie & Diane Long
We are retired teachers who have been sailing in the Northwest for nearly 40 years. Charlie learned sailing and seamanship aboard his parents' Islander 24 back in the 60's. Diane learned out of self-defense when she realized she was marrying a sailor. [...]
The "Dreamtime" is the period in Australian aboriginal mythology known as the "time before time." It was during the Dreamtime that that ancestor spirits "dreamed" the world into existence. People often ask, "Why do you have a SNAKE as your logo?" The Rainbow Serpent, or Waugal, was the [...]

About us...

Who: Charlie & Diane Long
Port: Gig Harbor, WA