Pruth Bay to Shearwater. May 28, 2013
01 June 2013 | posted at Prince Rupert
Photo: Sea Lions off Airecobra rock in Queens Sound.
“If we go out Hakai Passage and north through Queens Sound instead of back through Kwakshua Channel and up Fitz Hugh Sound, we can sail instead of motor and we’ll cut miles off our trip,” said Steve as we prepared to leave Pruth Bay. We’d be sailing in unprotected waters among rocks most of the way but the early morning weather forecast was for light winds from the SE increasing to moderate by afternoon.
We were almost across Hakai Pass when the 10:30 am forecast came over the radio, “Central Coast, McGuiness Island to Pine Island, increasing to SE gales 30-35 knots by noon.” I looked at the water: light northeast winds ruffled the surface. The sun was shining. It was hard to believe in the gales. I felt uneasy but Steve was still hoping to sail and I didn’t want to backtrack. We kept on sailing, passing rocks covered with sea lions or crowded with eagles. The sky turned dark and threatening to the south but still the wind blew gently from the north. We rolled out the jib and motorsailed. At 1:20 we entered the islands of Queens Sound between the McNaughton and Simonds Groups and wove our way around rocks and through narrow passages, finally entering the larger Hunter Passage and then Lama Passage as the rain started falling. Still no gales.
“Why should we pay for moorage when they don’t even have potable water?” Steve had asked earlier that day when discussing going to Shearwater. Now he said, “If they have space, let’s take it. I don’t want to have to go in the dinghy in the rain.” I didn’t argue. There was space, lots of it in fact. At 4:00 pm we tied up across from Sonomara, which we had last seen in Fury Cove. Still no sign of SE gales.
A few minutes later the boat shook as a gust from the southeast tore through the marina. We’d got in just in time.