Circumnavigating Vancouver Island 2024

Back in 2003, we circumnavigated Vancouver Island, capturing wonderful memories. Now in 2024 we hope to re-visit this large island, and create some new memories!

01 March 2018 | Islas Perlas, Panama
24 February 2018 | Panama
23 February 2018 | Costa Rica/Panama Border
21 February 2018 | Golfito, Costa Rica
20 February 2018 | On the way to Golfito, Costa Rica
17 February 2018 | Quepos, Costa Rica
15 February 2018 | Quepos, Costa Rica
11 February 2018 | Quepos, Costa Rica
07 February 2018 | Central Costa Rica
06 February 2018 | Central Costa Rica
01 February 2018 | Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
31 January 2018 | Northern Costa Rica
28 January 2018 | Bahia Papagayos, Costa Rica
25 January 2018 | Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
20 January 2018 | Off Guatemala
08 January 2018 | Chiapas, Mexico
08 January 2018 | Chiapas, Mexico
03 January 2018 | Huatulco, Mexico
01 January 2018 | Huatulco, Mexico

Kains Island Lighthouse WiFi

25 May 2024 | Kains Island, BC
George Stonecliffe | Overcast
As we rounded the western point of Quatsino Sound, we saw the Kains Island Lighthouse with its flashing light. What we soon learned is that the lighthouse had WiFi which for boats returning from sea is a welcome delight to communicate to friends, family, and other boaters!

Around Cape Scott

25 May 2024 | North Harbour, BC
George Stonecliffe | Cloudy with some Rain
We left Bull Harbour on Hope Island just to the east of the passage to Cape Scott at 5am on Saturday, May 25th. Taking advantage of the 2-knot ebb current, we motored along an inner passage between shore and a large area of seaweed at 7-8 knots speed-over-ground. Local fisherman stay in 20' depths in this area! When past the seaweed, we eased out into deeper waters towards Cape Sutil which is about a fourth of the way to Cape Scott (which is the northwestern most point of Vancouver Island). Just past Cape Sutil we had a humpback whale splash and sound just 50 yards off our starboard side. Winds were NW8-10 against the lessening 1.5 knot ebb current, but wave action was 'bumpy' including a healthy western swell. Moving out to 200' depths, the conditions eased a bit. It was 9am when we rounded Cape Scott. We did see small patches of 'dancing waves', caused by opposing currents from either side of Vancouver Island. As we turned south we passed a Canadian Coast Guard ship as we headed to Quatsino Sound 30 miles south.

A Tougher Day

22 May 2024 | Beaver Harbour, BC
George Stonecliffe | Sunny with NW20 plus winds
Starting early, we left Port McNeil for points north. But as we transited into Queen Charlotte Strait the expected light winds deteriorated into strong winds against an outflowing ebb current creating a heavy sea state. We pulled into an anchorage behind some islands just short of Port Hardy. It turned out to be a sunny day at anchor for playing Scrabble, planning for tomorrow's continuance to Bull Harbor 25 miles away, and reviewing our attempt on rounding Cape Scott on Saturday. Our faith in the Predict Weather App was jarred this morning, and we hope as we get close to Saturday that their prediction will be accurate.
Sue's beef stew was fantastic as always. Leftovers for a few days of rough weather!

Port McNeill

19 May 2024 | Port McNeill, BC
George Stonecliffe | Sunny and windy!!
The last refueling, reprovisioning, watering, garbage disposal, laundering, restauranting, propane filling, and marine supplying before moving to the West Coast of Vancouver Island around Cape Scott. More reading, weather forecasting, and planning takes place to make the timing of our transit a reality. We will move from Port McNeill to Bull Harbour on Wednesday, May 22nd. We will make our move around Cape Scott on either Friday, May 24th or Saturday, May 25th. It all depends on the strength and direction of the winds. Our friends David and Janet on sv Faneuil will be catching up with us in the next several days. We will buddy-boat down the West Coast with them.

Lagoon Cove

18 May 2024 | Lagoon Cove, BC
George Stonecliffe | Sunny
One of our favorite stops is Lagoon Cove Marina. We spent two nights, walked on local trails, and became fascinated at their mechanical totem. The Staff was inviting, we caught two keeper dungeness crabs, and loved our discussions with the seven boat owners that were headed either towards Alaska or the Antarctic!!

Tug and Barges on Johnstone Strait

17 May 2024 | Lagoon Cove, BC
George Stonecliffe | Blustery!
While high winds have hampered our movement up Johnstone Strait, tug and barges seem to weather the storm. Somehow commercial traffic has a calming influence, knowing that the professionals are safely handling the conditions. Winds have been NW 20-25 causing heavy seas. We anchored at Blenkinsop Bay, but as the wind shifted, we started to feel the waves come into the Bay. Looking at weather predicters, we felt we should try to leave early (5am/first light). But as we reached the main waters of Johnstone Strait, everything was already built up. We went two miles before turning into Port Neville where we anchored, and slept a few hours in calm waters. But antsy feet, made us get up and leave when the flooding tidal current dropped the seas. Tonight we are at Lagoon Cove Marina :)
Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: The summer of 2024 will be spent heading north from Portland, OR to British Columbia, Canada; circumnavigating Vancouver Island, visiting Princess Louisa Inlet, and hopefully staying smoke free!
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