Thursday, August 2, 2007

Crossing the Sound to Bull Harbour

July 30-31, 2007
Time: 0930 Hrs: 1063.3
Raining on and off, overcast, very gray day, light winds.
Lv: Kunghit Island anchorage
Course: Hecate Strait > Queen Charlotte Sound > Nahwitti Bar > Bull Harbour, Hope Island
Our first overnight voyage. Heading out into Hecate Strait the weather starts to change, we get a little sun and wind from the south west, the waves get bigger and choppy. Good sailing all day until evening when the wind dies down. We motor the rest of the night and into the morning in 3-4 meter swells. It was quite the sight to see the sun go down behind us at about 10:00 and the full moon rise up in front of us at almost the same time, a beautiful orange ball. Only a few hours later at 4:00 the sun was rising over the water in front of us. It had gone full circle and we were still pounding away in Queen Charlotte Sound! A great passage and our longest yet!
Arv: Bull Harbour, Hope Island
Lat: 50 54.97 N
Lon: 127 56.22 W
Time: 1445
Trip: 145 nm Log: 4403.4 nm
This is a very quiet harbour with a public dock (one powerboat tied up). We decide to put the anchor down and then after dinner, get in the dingy and head over to the dock to meet our neighbor and do some exploring around. The other boater’s name is Dan Sewell (Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay) and it turns out he just bought a boat house in Ladysmith and he will be keeping his boat there in November. Small world! Back to the boat for a cuppa tea and then sleep!