Sunday, May 20, 2007

Ready to set sail.

May 19, 2007
Time: 1205
Log: 2501 Hours 697
Lv: Nanaimo Harbour
Course: Newcastle Passage > Strait of Georgia >Sabine Channel > Boho Island
Ar: Boho Bay, near Boho Island
lat 49 29.80N
lon 124 13.90W
Trip: 18.9nm

We had a slow start out of Nanaimo Harbour because we decided we needed a few items from the store before we left. Rick Stanley, our house sitter and good friend, was kind enough to stop by and meet us with some forgotten items and then he drove us to the Chandlery. The last item on our list was an American flag. When sailing in international waters, it is customary to fly the flag of the nation whose waters you are in. The flag we bought is called a courtesy flag and we will put it up when we enter Alaskan water.
The picture above is showing Jerry at the helm, but you can see behind him that we strapped our tender to the stern so that it wouldn't slow us down while we were sailing. So far it is working very well.
Since most people viewing this blog are not boat people, you may not know the definitions of all the 'boat' words I have been using. By the time we get home, everyone will know the meaning of a boom, tack, gib, port, etc. I am not going to tell you, it is up to you to figure it out!