Voyages North

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

Storm on the Way

13 September 2008 | Bacchante Bay, Clayoquot Sound
Elsie Hulsizer
Hot Springs Cove to Bacchante Bay (49 26.6N, 126 02.7W), Clayoquot Sound. August 26, Tuesday.

Photo: Bacchante Bay

Another storm is on its way and we make sure we leave Hot Springs Cove by noon to avoid it. The wind is just coming up when we motor out the cove and turn the corner into Sydney Inlet. We raise sail and have a boisterous ride downwind for about 15 minutes. Then we sail out of the wind. We look back to see it behind us, slowly catching up. We drift, then sail, then drift again. This pattern continues all the way into Shelter Inlet where it also starts pouring rain. We finally give up and motor the rest of the way up Shelter Inlet to Bacchante Bay where we anchor in the rain.

It pours all afternoon and into the evening. Before it gets dark I open the hatch and look up at the hillsides above us. We've anchored here many times before but this is the first time we've seen waterfalls. From our anchorage we can see at least three that we never knew were here.

We stay two nights in Bacchante Bay while it rains continuously. Not the soft drizzle that's so common here but real rain that we could hear drumming on the roof.

Bacchante Bay to Ahousat, Clayoquot Sound (49 16.9N, 126 04.2W) August 28

When it finally stops raining long enough to see where we're going, we motor out Bacchante Bay into Shelter Inlet where we stop to fish for rockfish. But we only catch two small ones. Jigger is more excited than we are. We motor through the rocks of Sulfur Passage into Millar Channel where the rain returns and the visibility drops. We motor under radar into Matilda Inlet and tie up at the Ahousat General Store dock. We have lunch at the café and find they have a new cook, a young woman from the Ahousat band who has just completed chef's school in Nanaimo. But Patti is still there supervising and the fish and chips, with Patti's Battle Axe batter, are still delicious.

On the dock we find a boat with a homeport of Colorado that has just sailed in from Hawaii after cruising the South Pacific. They hadn't planned on stopping here and are now trying to cruise the West Coast of Vancouver Island with no paper charts: only computer charts. It's not working too well and they're keeping to all the easy anchorages which means they're missing some of the best. We spend some time giving them some pointers, then, although it's still pouring rain, leave for Quait Bay.
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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