Voyages North

22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Around Vancouver Island the wrong way

10 June 2012 | Ucluelet
Elsie Hulsizer
Chart: Osprey’s planned route in 2012.

The accepted route to circumnavigate Vancouver is counterclockwise: north up the protected east side and south down the exposed west coast with the prevailing NW winds behind. But our plans this year are to circumnavigate the “wrong way:” clockwise.

Why go clockwise? For years Steve and I vacationed by sailing north, part way up the west coast, then turning around and heading back south -- staying on the exposed outer coast the whole trip. My book, Voyages to Windward: Sailing Adventures on Vancouver Island’s West Coast was based on this route and I’ve been talking it up at the Seattle Boat Show and local yacht clubs ever since. Then when we retired in 2006, we started sailing to Alaska and the northern B.C. coast. On three of those trips we returned to Seattle via the west coast of Vancouver Island. But although the prevailing winds were supposed to be behind us, by August when we reached Vancouver Island, we found fall storms already settling in. Getting south against them was a challenge.

It was time to take the windward route again.

Will this work? What adventures will we have that will be unique to this route? Stay with me on this blog as we find out.
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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