The Voyage of S/V Estelle

Cruising the British Columbia Coast

30 September 2018 | Vancouver Rowing Club
10 September 2018 | The Laughing Oyster, Okeover Landing
08 September 2018 | Von Donop Inlet, Desolation Sound
08 September 2018 | Port McNeill, BC
08 September 2018 | Port McNeill, BC
16 August 2018
16 August 2018 | Turnbull Cove, BC
15 August 2018 | Pierre's Echo Bay Resort
15 August 2018 | Kwatsi Bay Marina, The Broughtons
15 August 2018 | Potts Lagoon, West Cracroft Island, BC
05 August 2018 | Kwatsi Bay
01 August 2018 | Big Bay
01 August 2018 | Von Donop Inlet
27 July 2018 | Lancelot Inlet, Desolation Sound Marine Park
09 July 2018 | Vancouver Rowing Club
04 June 2018 | Whistler BC
08 February 2018 | Whistler, BC
19 November 2017 | Vancouver, BC
04 August 2017 | Van Isle Marina
25 July 2017 | San Juan Islands, Wa USA

Burial at Sea!!

07 October 2010 | Port Washington, NY
Clear sky, Air Temp 67F, Water temp 64F, Wind NW@15-20, gusts to 25
Well, we visited Mystic Seaport finally, taking Monday off as the winds blew as predicted, NE@25-30 with gusts to 40. So we just enjoyed the day. Tuesday it was still blowing, but the gusts had subsided to 30 knots, so we headed down into Long Island Sound.
Our course was dead downwind, not a favorite point of sail in those conditions, so we headed up onto a broad reach and ran down the north shore of the sound. Gybing out to give us more sea room, we found ourselves in the grip of the currents running out the sound. In over 20 knots of wind, doing 7.5 to 8 knots through the water, we struggled to make much over four over the bottom as we fought the 3.5-4 knot current. With the current running against the wind, it set up a mice sloppy 5'-6' sea just in case we were bored. I had forgotten how strong the currents are in this area.
So in the drizzle, fog and high winds, we slogged our way westward. It was obvious we wouldn't make our planned destination, so we modified it and dropped anchor in a small cove not all that far from our starting point. As we were slogging it out, a small yellow/green bird fluttered aboard. Obviously exhausted, he showed no fear of us and found a spot out of the wind to rest... on my right toe! He must have been blown offshore and become lost. He dozed and woke, hopping around looking for food, but we had nothing he would eat. We think he was a fly-catcher, and we don't normally carry flies. He stayed with us until we anchored, where we were going to take him ashore, but just as we got settled, he gave up and died. So we had a burial at sea and drank a toast to him that night.
Wednesday the wind had moderated to a nice 15 knots and swung to the south It was forecast to swing west, our destination, so we got another early start to get as much of the south wind and incoming tide as possible. Through the morning we enjoyed the boost, but at noon, both wind and tide turned against us, so we spent the afternoon beating up the sound. But the sun had come out and the breeze was light, so it was an enjoyable sail, even if, again we had to modify our destination. By evening we coasted in to Lloyd Harbor on Long Island and anchored for the night.
All day we listened to some 12 meter boats on the VHF. We could see one, but the talk was between three; Nefertitti, Columbia and Weatherly. Out of Newport, they were sailing in the Sound for some reason.
Thursday's objective was to get to the head of the sound to take advantage of the currents in the East River on Friday. Again we were off early to try to beat the forecast for increasing westerlies, but again they beat us out. As we headed out, we ran into our old friend, 20-25 knot westerlies with gusts over 30. Not interested in pounding 20 miles in it, we turned around and returned to our anchorage. By noon things had calmed down to a steady 20 knots, so we tacked our last 20 miles up to Port Washington where we anchored for the night... WE MADE IT!!!!
This has been a heavy weather trip so far. Tomorrow we can sleep in and catch the current in the East River, changing at 10 am, and just 5 miles from our anchorage. We always enjoy the trip through the river as it cuts right through New York, with Brooklyn on one side and elegant Manhattan on the other. The forecast is finally decent. We are hoping for 10-15 westerlies as we motor through the river and out into New York Harbor, then down to Atlantic Highlands to stock up for the New Jersey coast on Saturday and Sunday.
Comments
Vessel Name: Estelle
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41.1
Hailing Port: Charlottetown, PEI
Crew: Jeannie & Jim Lea
About: Flag Counter
Extra: After cruising the east coast of North America for 10 years, from Nova Scotia to Panama, it's time for a change. Estelle will be cruising the coast of British Columbia and Alaska beginning in 2017.
Estelle's Photos - The Voyage of S/V Estelle (Main)
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Created 5 August 2018
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Created 1 August 2018
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Created 10 July 2018
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Created 19 November 2017
Our cruise of the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands in May & June, 2017
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Created 21 July 2017
Our first BC cruise, from Pender Harbour to Strait Marine in Steveston BC
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Created 27 April 2017
Estelle's arrival in Vancouver
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Created 31 October 2016
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Created 28 July 2016
Our first year cruising... Exumas, Bahamas.
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Created 28 July 2015
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Created 9 November 2014
Pics of our trip from Mount Desert Islans to the Saint John River in July 2014.
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Created 20 September 2013
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Nov/Dec 2011
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San Blas Islands
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Feb, 2011
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Created 1 October 2010
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Created 1 October 2010
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Created 1 October 2010
Some photos at John Williams Boatyard as we prepare for departure.
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Created 14 September 2010
Our trip to various BC ski resorts Jan-Feb 2010
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Created 7 February 2010
August/Sept in Maine
58 Photos
Created 29 August 2009
Our trip from Norfolk Va to Mount Desert Island, June 20th to July 7th, 2009. Gerard Watts aboard as crew!
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Created 8 July 2009
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65 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 22 March 2009
65 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 11 February 2009
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Created 23 December 2008
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Created 22 December 2008
Our trip from Maine to Miami
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Created 19 December 2008
Pics from Jan to June 2008, Bahamas to Maine
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Created 18 June 2008
Trip south from Maine to Bahamas, Sept-Dec 2007
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Created 26 December 2007
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Created 25 December 2007
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Created 21 August 2007
These are pictures of The Hermitage on Cat Island, Bahamas. It was built single-handedly by Faather Jerome who was sent out by the Church of England to rebuild churches destroyed in the hurricanes in the early 20th century. He then converted to catholicism and built a number of Roman Catholic churches until he sought and received permission to build this hermitage where he spent the remainder of his life.
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Created 24 June 2007
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Created 12 June 2007
These pictures were taken while on Long Island, Bahamas, in February, 2007
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Created 11 March 2007
This album contains some photos of our time in the Jumentos Islands, in the Bahamas
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