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

Rounding the Brooks Peninsula. July 7, 2012.

13 July 2012 | posted at Coal Harbour
Photo: Solander Island off the Brooks Peninsula

The winds blow stronger around the Brooks Peninsula than anywhere else on the West Coast of Vancouver Island and rounding it can be a challenge. We had planned to spend several days in Checleset Bay, north of Walter’s Cove before rounding the Brooks Peninsula, but when we heard the weather forecast of light southwest winds the next day followed by several days of stronger northwest winds, we decided to head north immediately while we had the wind behind us. After a quick stop in the General Store we left Walter’s Cove and headed for Columbia Cove for the night. Located on the east side of the Brooks, it’s a convenient jumping off point for rounding the peninsula.

The next morning the sea spread out before us like an undulating mirror under hazy skies. We motored along the peninsula, admiring the beaches through binoculars. As we approached Clerke Point, where the peninsula turns to run northwest, the wind came up, not from the southwest as forecast but from the northwest. But the seas were flat - only gentle swells - and we made good progress tacking along the shore. We sailed close to Solander Island where we saw sea lions lying like brown logs on the island’s rocky slopes. As we tacked away from the island’s dangerous north shore, we caught a glimpse of a rock formation that looked like a seal head.
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Photo: rock formation on Solander Island with sea lions along water’s edge.

It was an easy rounding, as we intended, even if the wind wasn’t from where it was supposed to be.
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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