North to Alaska 2022

Fully vaccinated, we look forward to getting back into cruising through Canada up to SE Alaska!

12 May 2022 | Campbell River, BC
11 May 2022 | Georgia Straits
10 May 2022 | Nanaimo, BG
09 May 2022 | Ganges Harbor, Salt Spring Island, BC
23 March 2022 | Kalispell, Montana
30 August 2021 | Friday Harbor, WA
14 August 2021 | Blaine, Washington
12 August 2021 | Friday Harbor, WA
16 June 2021
02 June 2021 | Portland, Oregon
24 March 2020 | Portland, Oregon
29 August 2019 | Astoria, Oregon
10 June 2019 | Friday Harbor, WA
06 June 2019 | Nanaimo, BC, Canada
20 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
19 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
18 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
14 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
10 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica

Arriving in Campbell River, BC

12 May 2022 | Campbell River, BC
George Stonecliffe | Rain, and E 12 knot winds
As we woke up at Denman Island, we saw that the cold and rain over night left snow on the mountain sides of Vancouver Island. We spent the day heading north to Campbell River. The next several days will continue to be unsettled with intermittent rain. As we continue along our route, we are settling in to our routine. At the dock, we think of provisions, water, fuel, laundry, and meals ashore. But the biggest problem so far seems to be our WiFi connectivity. Our Verizon JetPack is contracted to use the roaming resources in Canada. But it is fitfully slow!

Chrome Island Lighthouse

11 May 2022 | Georgia Straits
George Stonecliffe | Windy with occasional rain
We sailed with our full jib for nearly 50 miles to the north side of Denman Island in SE 22 knots. Waves were 4-5' breaking periodically. As we approached Denman Island, the Chrome Island Lighthouse invites you in to the southern approach to the island. All Canadian official buildings are white with red roofs, and can be seen from miles away! Charming!

Dodd Narrows

10 May 2022 | Nanaimo, BG
George Stonecliffe | Scattered showers, 55F
Our passage took us through Dodd Narrows which has tidal currents approaching 8 knots at the wrong time to pass. Many years earlier we took a chartered boat through the Narrows at the wrong time, and felt someone had pulled the drain plug in the bathtub! When we were passing through the Panama Canal, our son, Ted, reminded us that some of the currents behind the big ships in the locks reminded him of going through the Dodd Narrows!!
After finally anchoring near Newcastle Island in Nanaimo, we went ashore for a walk. Two special bird sightings included Purple Finches and Orange-Crowned Warblers. Our phone app called Merlin helped ID these special bird songs!

Oh Canada!

09 May 2022 | Ganges Harbor, Salt Spring Island, BC
George Stonecliffe | Partly sunny, occasional showers: a cold 55F
Arriving at Port of Sidney, Vancouver Island which is a port of entry for the Canadian Border Security Agency/Customs, we phoned and answered all the necessary questions with someone back east.
1. Were we at the dock? Yes
2. Boat registration number
3. My passport number and expiration date
4. How many passengers, and who were they
5. QR Code from ArriveCAN app
6. What do you have to declare: "coffee creamer, zucchini bread, no fresh produce, just store-bought provisions"
7. Alcohol, cigarettes, cannabis? no/no/no
8. Any firearms? "just a flare gun"
9. More than $10,000 CA? no
10. How long in Canada? end of May
11. Purpose of trip? Pleasure
12. Any goods to sell? no
OK, you're good to go. Here's your travel #
And that was it? Hallelujah!
Photo shows us anchored in Ganges Harbor provisioning and having a tasty dinner at The Oyster Catcher!

Preparations for Heading North

23 March 2022 | Kalispell, Montana
George Stonecliffe
To UN-winterize! After returning from a Spring-Break in Montana downhill skiing and birding with our son's family, we will be prepping 'Julia Max' in Roche Harbor, WA. The winter boat cover will come off, the boat will be washed and cleaned, the through-hulls opened, the engine run, the cockpit enclosure set-up, sails installed, and check-ups on the wind generator and Espar heater. Great fun!
We are looking at a mid-May send-off!
Canada has announced that fully vaccined cruisers will not need any further testing to enter the country! Yeah!

End of Summer 2021

30 August 2021 | Friday Harbor, WA
George Stonecliffe | Partly sunny, 60F
1. San Juan Islands, Washington State: Friday Harbor, Sucia Island, Patos, Matia, Stuart, Lopez, Orcas anchorages
2. Stymied by COVID restrictions on the Canadian Border
3. Buddy-boated with Ken and Ruth Frazee on sv Misty Blue out of Friday Harbor
4. The Bakery in Poulsbo, WA
5. Watching Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball on 'Root Sports' at our Friday Harbor Condo
6. Seafood dinners of Dungeness crab, spotted shrimp, and Westcott Bay oysters. Yum!
7. Reconnecting with our South Pacific friends Scott and Mary Malone and their son Finn (formerly sv Whisper, now sv Morning Star)
8. A visit in Friday Harbor by our friends Craig and Barbara Johnston on sv Sequoia
9. Making frequent contact with our HAM friends on The Great Northern Boaters Net, using our SSB radio on our sailboat, sv Julia Max
While wintering in Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, we are mentally preparing to head north to Alaska in 2022.
Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Fully vaccinated, we are positioning ourselves to head north through Canada to Alaska's amazing Glacier Bay NP and back. Have a wonderful summer. Cheers to all!
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