North to Alaska 2022

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

20 May 2022 | Kisameet Bay, BC
19 May 2022 | Cape Caution, BC
17 May 2022 | Port McNeil, BC
17 May 2022 | Blunden Harbour, BC
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

Coming to the Aid of another Sailboat

20 May 2022 | Kisameet Bay, BC
George Stonecliffe
After leaving Little Fry Pan Bay on Friday, we were motoring north in Fitz Hugh Sound when we heard a distress call to the Canadian Coast Guard. A sailboat was languishing with no wind, and their motor wasn't operational. They were slowly drifting with the current towards shore. We
were three hours away from them, but called in to the Coast Guard, and said we would try to help. After three hours, we arrived on scene. The wind had picked up, but they were struggling getting up their mainsail. We pulled along side, tied up to them, and moved them into the wind.
With some help, they were able to raise their mainsail. When they were in the wind, we released them. In the mean time, they had asked the Coast Guard to help contact towing services in Bella Bella to come and tow them to Shearwater where they would have a mechanic's help with their
engine. We stood off with them for four hours sailing until the tow tug arrived on scene at 1800. We said our good byes, and left for a nearby anchorage at Kisameet Bay on King Island for the night. Saw two Pacific Loons in the anchorage. All is well!

Rounding Cape Caution

19 May 2022 | Cape Caution, BC
George Stonecliffe
Why would the Explorers name a prominent land feature, 'Cape Caution'? Would it be for the rocks just off shore? Maybe the mixed seas coming in from the Pacific Ocean and through Queen Charlotte Sound? Maybe the winds blowing across a stretch of open ocean either from the
southeast or the northwest? For us, the name was appropriate for the forest of drifting logs that were in the water, taken off the local beaches after a full moon high tide! When the sea is stirred up, it is difficult to spot drifting logs that threaten your boat's safety should you hit one.
Today we left Blunden Harbour at 0600, starting in flat calm waters and sunshine. Then soon we ran into some boisterous currents pushing us forward. As we approached Cape Caution, we were having some engine rpm problem which was compensated by a friendly wind that we took
advantage of. Finally pulling into our anchorage, called Little Fry Pan, we were alone except for two red-necked grebes and an osprey. Sue kayaked around our new neighborhood while George worked on the engine rpm problem.

A Visit to Alert Bay

17 May 2022 | Port McNeil, BC
George Stonecliffe
Alert Bay is home base for the 'Namgis First Nation people. After a ferry ride from Port McNeil, we walked on a boardwalk along the short main street. Stopped for a burger and BLT for lunch. Then walked a mile in the opposite direction to the U'mista Cultural Center. One of the highlights
includes a time line showing prize artwork removed/taken to the 1893 Chicago World Exhibition, the Smithsonian, the NY Museum of American Indian Art, and private collections, and then being returned to the U'mista Cultural Center for its opening in 1980. Fabulous masks, button
blankets, talking sticks, potlatch coppers, and historic photographs are shared with visitors. The gift shop had native art work for sale, as well as lots of clothing, napkins, jewelry, postcards and so forth. We walked back to the ferry dock, where we were whisked away on one of their new
ferries back to Port McNeil. Although the weather was scattered showers, Sue noticed the sun predominated over the island of Alert Bay. Maybe that's why this First Nation people chose the island for their home baseA

A Port in a Storm

17 May 2022 | Blunden Harbour, BC
George Stonecliffe
The Canadian Marine Weather Channel forecasts winds building from gale (SE30-40) this evening to storm (SE 40-50) in the late night. Blunden Harbour is a small bay that is almost totally encircled by land. The sea state inside is virtually calm compared to outside in the Queen Charlotte
Strait. We have out 160' of chain in a depth of anywhere from 20' to 30' depending on the tidal phase. So our chain scope is from 8:1 to 5:1 which should keep our anchor well set for the blow. Outside the NW coast of Vancouver Island they predicted hurricane force winds. That's only
30 miles away from us...

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!
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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