• A small craft fishing at the entrance to Codville Lagoon on the Central Coast

    What’s in a name?

    Looking over good old Canadian Hydrographic Service Chart #3663 the other day (oh, you might argue it’s been superceded by the new metric 3676, but I like a nice classic in fathoms and feet), “Esperanza Inlet,” I was suddenly struck by the vast amount of ...

Kwatsi Bay to Shawl Bay, Broughton Islands, B.C.

Distance traveled: 17.9 miles Travel time: 2 hrs, 11 mins Before leaving Kwatsi Bay, Cathryn commented to Max (owner of the Kwatsi Bay marina along with Anca) how much she enjoyed the bread he’d made the night before. Guess what ended up leaving Kwatsi Bay with us? Yum. It was drizzling as we pulled out, […]

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Kwatsi Bay

Anca had several suggestions for interesting things to do in the area on our layover day. First we dropped the dinghy and went off on a 20-mile journey to explore Bond Sound, adjacent to Kwatsi Bay. It’s another “bowl” with deep water and high cliffs or hillsides all around. Below, looking back at Kwatsi Bay […]

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That sound in the middle of the night…

No, it wasn’t a charley-horse acting up again.  Wasn’t snoring.It was the pitter-patter of raindrops.  I kinda like that sound when I am snug in my own boat and don’t have to head out on one of the whale watch boats.  It is our day off again today.  About 5:30, I heard Joan stir… we […]

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Matia Island: pristine, with an intriguing past

  Matia Island is imbued with a sense of adventure, seemingly floating on the waters of Georgia Strait east of the U.S.-Canada boundary and northeast of Orcas Island. Its sculpted sandstone cliffs above sand and gravel beaches lure first-time visitors and continue to fascinate returning boaters year after year. And those cliffs are but a […]

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A Flicka In Every Harbor

I’ve spent my life coming and going, it never gets any easier saying goodbye. Emily came to me for sailing lessons but it soon became apparent that what she really needed was a life coach. In a few short days I will be nudging her out of the nest and turning her loose on the […]

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Sunrise, whales, and another Super Moon…

I knew it was going to be a long day – two trips today, with an evening charter.  The day started off with another pretty sunrise…I did my house husband chores after Joan went to work – I didn’t have to go in until noon.  Izzy and I had some quality kitty/daddy time.  I had […]

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The one with all the K-sounds

I caught sight of the Quatsino Light at almost exactly 0500 and shortly thereafter the hordes of small sportfishing boats that always accompany it this time of year. The wind, which had been kicking and sputtering for the last couple hours, finally abandoned us entirely as Kains Island drew abeam and I dropped sail single-handed […]

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