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19 June 2012 | Port Hardy
Mark
Sunshine pierced the cabin at 0800 today. After checking over engine, making a quick cup-a, firing up the electronics and pulling the hook, we were on our way at 0830. Clearing the end of Calvert Island put us squarely 90 degrees to a full 3 meter swell that set the mood for the day. 58 miles - mostly crossing Smith Sound, past Cape Caution, and into Queen Charlotte Strait - we made Port Hardy by about 1700 hours. The Quarterdeck Marina did not answer VHF calls and after a close inspection, they had no room anyway. So we motored over the public dock and were immediately met by the crew from two other sailing vessels. The welcoming party was from a thirtyish foot Ericson and a seasoned looking Valiant 40 (complete with sponsor decals.) Before we even had the lines made fast, they'd found we were bound for the start of the 2012 Vic Maui Yacht Race and proclaimed "You'll have a great time! That's a great race." Two of the Valliant crew had previously crewed on Red Sheila - a Vic Maui veteranÂ... small world. We also learned that we really needed the Canadian current table as we tried to puzzle out the best time to leave - with any hope of making southing in Johnstone Strait, but were unable to find a shoppe (Canadianism) that was open. So with plans for an early rise on-the-morrow, we hit Mo's, the local pizza joint and brought a medium special down to the boat to enjoy with Lolo's gourmet salad. Danny and Piper watched a movie while Lolo and I enjoyed a walk. We did manage to find "The Sporty Bar and Grill" and shared a pint of "Piper's" beer with Gilbert, a really nice Newfoundlander. We talked of Farley Mowat and the controversy his books brought about in Newfoundland, the demise of their commercial fishing and rise of mining industries, and even a bit about traditional fiddle music. His accent was unidentifiable, but fully intelligible (though I expected more of a Scottish slant.). The beer was good; a real pint - still something American's can't quite get right. While I do find the metric system confusing, nobody could disagree that a pint of good beer is just so much better than 12 oz. :
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Vessel Name: Radiance
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau First456
Hailing Port: Seward, AK
Crew: Mark Ward, Laurence
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Radiance is a German Frers designed Beneteau First456 sloop. She has the deep lead fin keel and tall rig. She competes in the local sailing regattas and had taken top honors in all events on multiple occasions. Laurence and Mark have returned from a 2.5 year blue water cruise that essentially [...]
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