SV Marjorie's Adventures

Vessel Name: Marjorie
Vessel Make/Model: Robert Stephens Ketch, custom 59 fter
Hailing Port: Bristol, R.I.
Crew: This vessel is cold molded, with all bronze hardware, hank on head sails, but with modern convinences! She was built in Maine and cruised the East coast of the USA before we brought her thru the Panama Canal and up to San Fran spring 2011.
About: Captain Colin Brayton grew up in Brooklin, Maine same place this boat was built. Been flopping around the seas for the last 8 years on various types of boats from traditional schooners to a sailing research vessel to sailing and motoring yachts.
Extra: Headed to BC and southeast Alaska for the summer of 2012.
03 December 2012 | Broughton Islands, British Columbia
29 May 2012 | Victoria, BC
13 March 2012 | Berkeley, CA
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03 December 2012 | Broughton Islands, British Columbia

Summer 2012

The summer was spent based out of Port McNeill, near the north end of Vancouver Island. Spent most of our time at Steve Jackman's Marina and fuel dock. Very nice people, great energy, good docks, electricity, water, no bathrooms or showers, but a 5 minute walk to all services including, laundry, stores, cafes, bars, resturants, and shopping. Its a neat little town. During three different trips over the course of the summer, the boat and I with a variety of invited guests cruised and explored the Broughton Islands. Secluded anchorages, tried to catch crabs, but failed, really good at catching sea stars. Caught some prawns, they were mightily tasty. Got in to stand up paddle boarding with and inflatable board, that allowed me to go explore the nooks and crannies of our various anchorages. It was a mellow summer, but a good one. In the end of September, I left there with a buddy and we took the boat down to Nanaimo. No wind except the last day. My friend left and I sailed down through the gulf islands on my own for about 4 days, exploring places to take the boss in the future. Found some neat little holes to tuck into. Got back stateside the second week of October. Got to see some new country this summer, it was a grand time.

18 June 2012

Powell River to Port McNeill

We stopped briefly into West Veiw, just south of Powell River, to pick up food, and a friend of the owners, Kevin. Not much wind up here, usually out of the Northwest, the same general direction we are traveling. Our first stop put us in the Octopus Islands, there are numerous narrows/rapids that need [...]

11 June 2012

Victoria to Powell river


29 May 2012 | Victoria, BC

Swiftsure Race

Well, we attempted the Swiftsure Light Classic race, it was more of a "Driftsure"! The start was less then 5 knots. It took about 3 hours to go 8 miles, then the wind picked up and we went from full sail with the 150% genoa up to the 100% jib to a reefed main sail. The wind got up to 25 to 30 knots for [...]

18 May 2012

SF to Port Angeles, WA

Finally, the summer traveling season has begun. I left Berkeley Marina with 3 friends early on a Sunday morning enroute to Humboldt Bay. It took 60 hours, 230 miles, and it was rough. It was calm leaving the SF Bay and we motored out with just the Main sail up all the way out until past Bonita light. [...]

13 March 2012 | Berkeley, CA

Sitting at the Dock

We have been sitting in Berkeley since last June, doing a lot of day sails in the bay or most recently out to the Farallon Islands. We have done a lot of work to the boat in the last 6 months, nothing super major but its been steady as it always is when trying to keep a boat up to show room quality all [...]

Powell River to Port McNeill

18 June 2012
We stopped briefly into West Veiw, just south of Powell River, to pick up food, and a friend of the owners, Kevin. Not much wind up here, usually out of the Northwest, the same general direction we are traveling. Our first stop put us in the Octopus Islands, there are numerous narrows/rapids that need to be traveled thru, but if done at slack tide, they are no big deal. From the Octopus Islands we proceeded to Hole in the Wall passage where we spent several hours fishing in the deep waters, 250 ft catching rock fish, with the plan to use them for bait in our crab trap. We passed thru Gillard Rapids and spent the night at Dent Island Resort. Good beers and an out door hot tub, very nice.
The next day we passed thru Dent rapids (Devils Hole), Green Point Rapids, and Whirlpool Rapids, however, all of them are about 12 miles apart and so i couldn't make it to two of them on one tide. So we ended up anchoring and fishing and setting out the crab trap near Green Point for a few hours in this beautiful little cove, the trees come right down to the waters edge. Tugs pulling rafts and rafts of log booms down the coast to pulp mills.
Just before Whirlpool rapids area, we watched a black bear on the beach digging thru the end of a log on the beach. Then some bald eagles. After the rapids, we turned in to Forward harbor which is about 2 miles long and has an 8,000ft snow capped peak looming at the head of it. Very cool. We anchored in Douglas bay with about 8 other boats, the most we have seen in any anchorage we have been in.
After a leasurily morning, we headed out down Sunderland Channel and out into Johnstone Strait. Johnstone Strait is notoriously known for rough conditions. But we had a southeastly wind building and so once out on the strait we set our 2000 sq ft ish assymetrical spinnaker, and took off in 10-15 knots of breeze. After about an hour it started to get up into the 20's and pretty soon we are hovering around 30 knots of wind. We were flying, 10knots over the ground against a 2 knot head current, we were going the way we wanted to but the sail was putting a good strain on the boat, so we decided we should shorten sail. In the process of bringing the horseshoe collar down around the sail with is attached to a sock, usually makes it very easy to ease the sheet out and pull the sock down over the sail. Not so much today! The downhaul line got stuck at the top of the sock, and so we only had half the sock down over the sail. We tried to winch it down and chafted thru the line. Our only option was to ease the halyard out until the sail was in the water and then we could pull the sail onto the boat over the life lines. We got it in the water, that took the wind out of the sail, and he had it on deck in a jiffy. Then we continued on our way under power. Tired, but glad that no one had been injuried in the ordeal and nothing had really broken on the boat.
We were soon joined by a pod of 12 white sided dolphins that rode our bow for the better part of an hour or more, some times jumping clear out of the water. It was great. About 12 miles from the harbour of Port McNeill, we put up the jib and the mizzen because the winds had mellowed to 18 knots and had a great sail sitting in our little aft area hut out of the driving rain. It was good, we got to do a bit of sailing while Kevin was on board and see a bit of wildlife, all the while having snow capped mountains dotting the horizon. Pretty sweet!! Til next time, have a good day.

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