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Scones and Dolphins

19 June 2012 | Billy Goat Bay, Helmcken Is.
Mark
This morning began with all hands call at 0730, where we mustered at Guido's Coffee for some free internet, good coffee and the BEST DAMN SCONES I have EVER tasted! Seriously, if the baker hadn't insisted we taste a sample, I'd have ordered something else. But, these scones were simply amazing. Lemon poppy seed, and raspberry - I could have (and probably should have bought a bag, but we had a big day ahead. We made the fuel dock by 0830 and were on our way out of Port Hardy just a bit before 9 in light airs and sunshine. We traveled over 65 miles and miraculously had the current in our favor through Queen Charlotte Strait and Johnstone Strait. Since the going was good, we kept going and dropped the hook at 1930 in Billy Goat Bay, but not after a very unexpected dolphin show - complete with leaping, twisting and aerobatic maneuvers. The longer dorsal fin, slightly bigger size and just a bit slower motion identified these as Pacific White Sided Dolphins. We were treated to a fantastic show as they nudged each other out of the way for prime position under our bow and the kids screamed with delight. Lolo even clapped involuntarily after one of the close encounters. I was worried they might knock the GoPro camera out of my hand the were so close. We will wait here tonight and get an early start tomorrow to make the Seymour Narrows by 12:30 - then on to Campbell River for fuel, water and some quick business. All is well.
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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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