Tuesday, May 26, 2009

North Cove to Ladysmith Harbour, again!

As we pulled our anchor up in North Cove, we found a beautiful sun star clinging on for dear life along with a piece of seaweed. This picture was taken just as the starfish came loose from our anchor chain.
Monday May 25, 2009
Leave North Cove, Thetis Island 0930
Arrive at our dock, Ladysmith Harbour 1200
We meandered home, taking in a tour around Evening Cove before heading back to our dock. Our next trip is already in the works. We will be heading over to Barkley Sound for three weeks at the beginning of July. Until then... happy cruising, wherever you are!

Leaving Howe Sound, back across Georgia Strait

Sunday May 24, 2009
Leave Halkett Bay, Gambier Island 1015
Arrive: Manion Bay (also known as Deep Bay), Bowen Island 1145
49 23.11N 123 19.87 W
We stopped for a look around Snug Cove on Bowen Island, lots of people around having fun at the park, playing baseball, kayaking, or just sipping on coffee. It was a very busy place. 
Leave Manion Bay 1530
Arrive North Cove, Thetis Island 2130
49 00.91N 123 41.63W
Our cruise across Georgia Strait started off with the promise of a nice sail, but it soon to calm winds and we ended up motoring the whole way. We rode the current through Gabriola Passage, stopped in Tricomali Channel for dinner and then started up again heading for our anchorage in North Cove.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Gambier Island wildlife

Here are some pictures we took while touring around Halkett Bay in the dingy.

The Black Oystercatcher

and the Common Merganser


Gibsons and then off to Gambier Island

Saturday May 23, 2009
Time:1145 Leave Gibsons
We spent the morning having a look around Gibsons, stopped for coffee and 11'sies.
We are heading to Gambier Island, circumnavigating and then anchoring in a calm bay, yet to be decided, tonight. The winds are very lite today, remains to be seen if we get the sails up.

Splendid Mane at anchor near Gibsons, looking north towards the mainland.

Time: 1630 Arrive Halkett Bay, Gambier Island
Trip: 20.4 nm
We did manage to get the sails up for a bit of the day, but mostly just motor-sailed around Gambier. After arriving at Halkett Bay, we went for a walk through Halkett Bay Marine Park.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Howe Sound

Sailing across to Howe Sound

Friday May 22, 2009
Time: 0730 Leave Silva Bay, Gabriola Island
Beautiful weather for saiing, 15-20 knots. We got the sails up right away and headed across to the mainland, towards Howe Sound
Time: 1130 Arrive Plumber Cove Keats Island
Tied up to the public dock and went for a hike in Plumber Cove Marine Park.

Time: 1400 Leave Plumber Cove Arrive Gibsons 1430
Trip: 25.1 nm
Anchor close to public warf, we are realxin after a hard days work.

Back on the water, finally!

Thursday May 21, 2009
Time: 1345 Leave our home dock
Hours on engine: 1443 (Oil change done)
1745 Arrive Silva Bay, Gabriola Island 49 09.00 123 41.79
Trip:16 nm
It seems like it has been a long time since we did any boating. Although we did take one short trip earlier this year, we have been madly working on our house renovation, and not doing too much boating. But the weather is beautiful making the decision to get our on the water an easy one. This will be a short trip to explore Howe Sound, which we have not done before.